We produce information to support people to plan ahead to ensure their wishes for treatment and care will be known and respected. We believe everyone should be aware of their legal rights and choices when decisions are being made about their care and treatment, both when they can and cannot make decisions for themselves.

Our information is for different audiences, from individuals, their family, friends and carers, to health and social care professionals.

All of our information is available for free. You can download it from our website, or contact us to request paper copies.

The Information Standard

We are committed to providing up-to-date and accurate information, and are proud to have received accreditation from the NHS England Information Standard.

The Information Standard is an independent certification programme for health and care information in England. The Information Standard logo certifies that the information is reliable and trustworthy, having passed through a thorough review process.

This includes making sure that:

  • we understand and meet the needs of the people who read our information;
  • all of our information is balanced and recognises any uncertainties in the evidence;
  • our information is clear, easy to understand and professionally presented;
  • our information is written in a friendly and non-judgemental tone, without using complex medical or legal language;
  • we use a detailed list of reliable evidence sources when researching our publications (if you would like a copy of evidence sources for a publication, please call 0800 999 2434 or email us);
  • our information has been reviewed by experts and the people who will read it, who give feedback and offer suggestions for improvement; and
  • our information is reviewed at least every three years, to make sure it stays up-to-date and relevant.

All of our printed information written for the public that meets these requirements carries the Information Standard logo.

We also haveĀ a user involvement group. The purpose of the group is to review our information materials, before they are published, to ensure that they are accessible and relevant to our service users. The feedback will be an essential part of the process of producing our information. It will be carefully reviewed, considered and, wherever possible, implemented.

If you would like to take part in our user involvement group, please get in touch.

Every effort is made to ensure that the information provided in our publications is accurate and up-to-date, but information can change over time. Compassion in Dying does not accept any liability arising from its use, and it should not be used as an alternative to legal or medical advice.

For more information on the Information Standard you can visit their website.