The End of Life Care Strategy was published in July 2008. This is the first annual progress report on the strategy. It describes progress at national and regional level with illustrations of the work taking place locally. Contents include: meeting the challenges of end of life care; death, dying and society; the end of life care pathway; care in different settings; support for carers and families; the end of life care workforce; measurement and research in end of life care; making change happen. The report reflects the beginning of a major programme of development and concludes with next steps for the following year.