End of life care extends across health and social care

Posted on September 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on End of life care extends across health and social care

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Care for thousands of people nearing the end of life is being ‘transformed’ across all settings, as evidenced by the largest ever award ceremony for providers of end of life care across all sectors of health and social care in late September.

The National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre was presented more than 100 awards to care homes, community and acute hospitals, GPs and homecare agencies, at its 10th annual conference in London.

The Quality Hallmark Awards, endorsed by all of the major care home associations, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), National Skills Academy and the Care Quality Commission, were presented to organisations that demonstrated a high standard of care for people approaching the end of life.

Church View, a 47-bed privately-run nursing and residential home in Stockton was presented with the first ever Care Home of the Year Award, by the National GSF Centre. Church View has twice been rated as a Beacon for end life care by GSF assessors and an independent panel rewarded its outstanding commitment to provide its residents the very best personalised care right up until the end of their lives.

Thousands of care homes in England have undertaken GSF training and 450 homes have gone on and achieved GSF accreditation. To be accredited, homes have to achieve 20 quality standards, ranging from leadership and support to dignity and respect. At the GSF annual conference, 58 homes received awards for the second time, three years after they were originally accredited, proving that they have embedded good practice, while 28 homes received their GSF Quality Hallmark award for the first time.

The National GSF Centre is the UK’s biggest provider of training for health and social care staff to enable them to help people live well as they approach the end of their lives. It started in 2000 in primary care and since its launch in 2004, more than 2,500 care homes across England and Wales have completed the GSF in Care Homes Training Programme.

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