About the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network

This was last updated in January 2018.

The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) is part of Public Health England, an executive agency of the Department of Health. 

Public Health England’s mission is to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities through working with national and local government, the NHS, industry and the voluntary and community sector. PHE is an operationally autonomous executive agency of the Department of Health.

For further information please see www.gov.uk/phe


Core objectives

Our key functions


The Department of Health’s National End of Life Care Strategy, published in 2008, pledged to commission a national end of life care intelligence network.

The network is tasked with collating existing data and information on end of life care for adults in England. This is with the aim of helping the NHS and its partners commission and deliver high quality end of life care, in a way that makes the most efficient use of resources and responds to the wishes of dying people and their families.

The NEoLCIN plays a vital role in supporting the comprehensive implementation of the Government’s End of Life Care Strategy.

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Core objectives

The purpose of the NEoLCIN is to:

  • provide national co-ordination to bring together a national repository of diverse sources of data related to end of life care which will enable people to create intelligence from data and thereby improve quality and productivity;

  • utilise and disseminate existing data sources more effectively for local service planning and driving improvement in standards of end of life care;

  • generate and utilise information on the financial aspects – costs and savings compared to alternative models of end of life care;

  • generate ideas and solutions in relation to ongoing information requirements;

  • consider the need for new information/data analysis work to support priorities identified by PHE and NHS England

  • bring together a variety of people including data holders/owners of information, clinicians and key users of this data intelligence to explore better use of data for policy, commissioning, service delivery, research and audit;

  • suggest modifications to existing datasets;

  • promote efficient and effective data collection throughout the end of life care pathway;

  • produce, promote and present expert analysis and robust methodologies for analysing data in end of life care;

  • present and disseminate information in a clear and timely fashion;

  • enable use of end of life care information to support audit and research programmes.

Our key functions

  1. Provision of data and intelligence to support quality improvement
  2. Provision of data and intelligence to support best use of resources
  3. Sharing of best practice
  4. Provision of evidence to guide delivery of care
  5. Working with partners to develop best practice in end of life care
  6. Working towards improved national data about end of life care


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