End-of-life care services are typically funded and delivered by a mix of organisations from the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector as well as by independent agencies and through individual means (informal or family carers).
Given the growing complexity of and demands on end-of-life care services, commissioning in this area is likely to be one of the more challenging tasks facing the new clinical commissioning groups. Commissioners need to be aware of and understand the options they have for funding end-of-life care at a local level. However, little is known about what works in the commissioning and provision of end-of-life care. This paper seeks to address this – highlighting current barriers in funding and commissioning as well as the opportunities commissioning offers.