End of Life Doula UK Evaluation: Leeds and Surrounding Areas NHS Commission

Borgstrom, Erica; Bashir, Kirsten; Pestano, Catherine and Ramsey-Jones, Esther (2023). End of Life Doula UK Evaluation: Leeds and Surrounding Areas NHS Commission. The Open University, Milton Keynes.

Abstract

End of life doulas provide support to those with terminal or life-limiting illness and those around them, as well as communities around issues of death, dying and bereavement. Since 2022, End of Life Doula UK (EoLDUK) has been commissioned by NHS West Yorkshire to provide doula services within Leeds and the surround areas based on a set funding amount. The commission reflects a novel approach to offering end of life care under NHS funding, by using doula services to offer flexible person-centred support. The commission and evaluation have adopted a pilot approach. To date (July 2023), half of the commission is complete with 173 clients being referred. This report summaries and evaluates the commission to date, noting examples of clients, what type of support doulas have provided, and reporting on the outcome measures.

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