Criteria for referral

Group 1

Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail, and if so, access to palliative care services may be necessary. (Examples: cancer, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidney)

Group 2

Conditions which mean that premature death is inevitable but there may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging life and allowing participation in normal activities.

Group 3

Progressive conditions without curative treatment options, where treatment is exclusively palliative and may typically extend over many years. (Examples: Batten’s disease,
mucopolysaccharidosis, muscular dystrophy.)

Group 4

Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death. (Examples: severe cerebral palsy, or multiple disabilities such as those which can result from brain or spinal cord injury).

For more information please contact Rebecca House on +44 (0)1624 647405 or email

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