Audit Office: ‘care home staff need to have more training in end of life care’
A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that there is a lack of formal training for staff working in care homes in end of life care.
Tim Burr, head of the National Audit Office, said that, while some people approaching the end of their life received a high quality service, there was room for improved co-ordination between health and social care services in planning and delivering end of life care.
‘Good end of life care should mean that people are treated with dignity and respect and, where possible, in their preferred place of care,’ said Mr Burr.
‘Some people receive high standards of care in their final weeks, days and hours, but others do not.
‘Organisations responsible for the care of people approaching the end of their life need to improve the planning and delivery of services, particularly support in the community.
‘There is scope to make these improvements by using both existing and planned additional resources more efficiently and effectively.’
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