CQC Glossary of terms used in the guidance for providers and managers
The active, holistic care of people who use services who have advanced progressive illness. Managing pain and other symptoms, and providing psychological, social and spiritual support, is paramount. The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life for people who use services and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness, in conjunction with other treatments.
Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster
Care that you receive if you have an advanced, progressive illness for which there is no cure. The aim is to manage pain and other symptoms and to help you have best quality of life you can. It may be provided in your home or in a hospital or hospice.