Together for Short Lives
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Our strategy

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Together for Short Lives is here to make sure the 99,000 seriously ill children and their families can make the most of every moment they have together, whether that’s for years, months or only hours.

Our five-year strategy focuses on achieving positive change for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, their families, and those that support and care for them.

We want to ensure that every seriously ill child and their family get the vital care and help that they need.

Our strategy has four key ambitions, which are to:

  1. Build a strong and sustainable children’s palliative care sector for seriously ill children and their families.
  2. Ensure children, young people and families are supported and empowered.
  3. Join up policy, services, care and support for children and families.
  4. Create greater understanding and support for children’s palliative care.

We cannot achieve these goals alone. The ambitions in our strategy will be achieved by working in collaboration with young people, families, children’s hospices, palliative care charities, community nursing teams, care and social care professionals, and specialist services across the NHS. By working together, we have a strong and unified voice, and can help services deliver the best quality care and support tailored to each family’s needs.

Getting the right support can make a lifetime of difference to seriously ill children and their families. 

Read our strategy

You can download and read our five year strategy here