Quality statement 12: Care after death – care of the body

Quality statement

The body of a person who has died is cared for in a culturally sensitive and dignified manner.

Quality measure

Measures from End of life care strategy: quality markers and measures for end of life care (Department of Health 2009).

See also quality measures and national indicators for further information.

Outcome: Families and carers of a person who has died feel that the body was cared for after death in a culturally sensitive and dignified manner.

See the overview for overarching outcomes.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure that systems are in place for culturally sensitive and dignified care of the body after death.

Health and social care professionals care for the body of a person who has died in a culturally sensitive and dignified manner.

Commissioners ensure they commission services that provide culturally sensitive and dignified care of the body after death.

The body of a person who has died is cared for in a culturally sensitive and dignified manner.

Data source

Outcome: Local data collection.

The National care of the dying audit – hospitals may be relevant.