Gold Standard Framework: accreditation process is rigorous but rewarding
By MARGARET STOBBART-ROWLANDS, Gold Standards Framework project manager
Care homes and their staff are often the subject of negative tabloid stories reporting neglect and poor quality care for frail, helpless residents. It is rare to read or hear of care home managers, nurses or care assistants being lauded for their efforts. But at a recent conference this frequently maligned group received the praise many in the sector deserve.
Addressing the Bi-Annual Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes (GSF) Event in London, Annie Stevenson, of the Age UK supported initiative ‘My Home Life’ said: “We’re talking about engaging hearts and minds and you’re doing it. You are the unsung heroes of end of life care.”
Staff from 38 homes were at the event to collect their GSF Quality Hallmark Awards in recognition of their completion of its rigorous accreditation process. One hundred homes a year are now submitting themselves for accreditation and almost 2,000 have completed the GSF training pr