The International Collaborative for Best Care for the Dying Person was established in 2014 by a group of leading international thinkers, practitioners and researchers in care for the dying, many of its original members having been part of the highly functioning group that delivered OPCARE9.
It brings together multidisciplinary practitioners in palliative and end of life care who wish to build the evidence base for best care for dying patients through collaborative knowledge transfer, clinical excellence, research, service innovation and quality improvement.
The vision of the Collaborative is for a world where all people experience a good death as an integral part of their individual life, supported by the very best personalised care.
The Collaborative aims to achieve its vision through an international programme of collaborative Project Groups organised across four thematic strands: International Programme; Quality Assurance; Research & Development and Education.
Through this work, it aims to develop improvements in care that can inform future policy and best practice across health care settings and global boundaries. Collaborative members also have the opportunity to come together twice a year through its Annual Research Conference and Summer School.
The Collaborative currently has representatives from 21 countries worldwide, including patients, families, nursing, psychology, law, sociology, ethics, economics, public relations and medicine.