Developing, implementing and sustaining an end-of-life care programme in residential care homes

May 17, 2017

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2017 Apr; 23 (4): 186-193

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article describes the implementation of an end-of-life care programme called ‘Steps to Success’ in residential care homes. The aim of the programme is to to empower staff to meet their resident’s end-of-life care needs.

Length of publication: 8 pages


A practice development initiative supporting care home staff deliver high quality end-of-life care

November 28, 2016

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2016 Oct; 22 (10): 474-481

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Date of publication: October 2016

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the implementation of the Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes Programme across five Clinical Commissioning Groups over a 7-year period. The aims of the programme were to:

  • Improve quality of end of life care all residents
  • Improve collaboration with external healthcare professionals
  • To reduce inappropriate hospital admissions in the last stage of life

Length of publication: 8 pages


Dementia support workers to improve end of life care in care homes

July 16, 2015

Source: ehospice.com

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell: Two dedicated dementia support workers have been appointed in Walsall to improve dementia care and end of life care for people diagnosed with dementia living in care homes across the town. The dementia support workers will support staff at care homes across Walsall to use evidence based tools – such as the Abbey pain scale – to help the homes become more dementia friendly and ensure that end of life care plans are carefully considered and tailored for each individual.

 


NHS supports care home staff to deliver end of life care

March 11, 2015

Source: Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  An NHS worker has helped train care home staff and social workers in how to deliver care to people at the end of their lives.  Patsy Gibson, End of Life Care Facilitator for Bury with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, delivered training to staff and social workers at Heathlands Village Care Home in Prestwich, a care home for the Jewish community of north and south Manchester. The training she delivered helped the home to achieve the top national standard in end of life care, the Gold Standards Framework (GSF). Patsy covered topics including making sure residents’ wishes for the end of their life are known and supporting families in dealing with the end of a loved one’s life.

Length of publication: 1 page

 


Three approaches to delivering end-of-life education to care homes in a region of south east England

March 4, 2014

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2014 , v.20(1), pp. 27-35

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article provides an overview of a 3-year project that was conducted by St Christopher’s Hospice, London,with the aim of studying the problems faced by advanced dementia patients and their families/carers and developing a feasible model of specialist palliative care for advanced dementia.

Length of publication:  5 pages

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Three approaches to delivering end-of-life education to care homes in a region of south east England.

February 7, 2014

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2014 v.20(1), pp27-35

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article looks at three recent initiatives for end-of-life care education for the care home sector in West Sussex in south east England and appraises the advantages and disadvantages of each. The three initiatives were an action learning project, a Six Steps to Success care home programme, and a Gold Standards Framework for Care Home programme. The details of how each approach was operationalised and the initial results and evaluations are discussed.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Improving end-of-life care in nursing homes: Implementation and evaluation of an intervention to sustain quality of care

September 6, 2013

Source: Palliative Medicine 2013 v.27(8) pp772-778

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Date of publication: September 2013

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: Internationally, policy calls for care homes to provide reliably good end-of-life care. The authors undertook a 20-month projectto sustain palliative care improvements achieved by a previous intervention. The aim was to sustain a high standard of palliative care in seven UK nursing care homes using a lower level of support than employed during the original project and to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention. A lower level of nursing support managed to sustain and build on the initial outcomes. However, despite increased adoption of key end-of-life care tools, hospital deaths were higher during the sustainability project. While good support from palliative care nurse specialists and GPs can help ensure that key processes remain in place, stable management and key champions are vital to ensure that a palliative care approach becomes embedded within the culture of the care home.

Length of publication: 7 pages