Published in 2008, Living and Dying Well – A National Action Plan for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland aimed to provide fair access to good quality palliative care for all who required it. Narratives from patients, carers and healthcare staff in St Margaret of Scotland Hospice suggested that L&DW had not yet been fully and successfully implemented. The University of Glasgow Settlement supported two students to assess patient perceptions on whether specific action points taken from L&DW were being implemented consistently and for the majority of patients with palliative care needs at St Margaret’s Hospice.
According the St Margaret’s Hospice, the students final FAS Report: Living and Dying Well was circulated widely and generated a lot of discussion. It was included on the website and in the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care ebulletin and was discussed at a number of conferences in 2013. In addition, it has influenced the academic programme at Glasgow Caledonian (15 week module for carers).