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Using the Gold Standards Framework to deliver good end of life care

This paper was published by Nursing Management (20 March 2017/Volume 23 No. 10), written by Barry Quinn and Keri Thomas

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The aims of excellent end of life care (EOLC) and nursing are at the heart of healthcare. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a multi-site London teaching care provider, recognises and values the importance of good EOLC, and the quality of EOLC is used as one of the key metrics in assessing the quality of patient and family care across the trust. The principles of EOLC, including those enshrined in the Gold Standards Framework (GSF), are closely aligned with the trust’s core values. Each member of staff is encouraged and supported, through the GSF process, to recognise and respond as befits their role in implementing the principles of EOLC, agreed by staff, and by patients and their relatives. This article describes the experience of, and collaboration between, trust staff and members of the GSF team, who have worked together for the past 18 months, and how this work has placed EOLC at the heart of patient care and staff recruitment. This collaboration has helped to enrich the culture of compassion and care that the trust aims to deliver, and to focus on providing person-centred care. 

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Report recommends BME led voluntary and community organisations for older people work closely with statutory services

Research funded by Bristol City Council and carried out by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in collaboration with local groups found that BME (Black and other Minority Ethnic) community leaders are increasingly aware of how dementia affects many people from BME communities.  The research found that community led VCSOs (Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations) are open to training and partnership working to enable them to provide better service to their members. 

Bristol has a culturally diverse and ageing population.  People from many BME communities in the UK are disproportionately affected by risk factors for dementia, including diabetes and cardio-vascular disease as well as being affected by a range of health inequalities.  The number of people living with dementia is expected to increase significantly over the next 30 years, with a faster rate of increase amongst people of BME origins. A seven-fold increase in dementia cases is predicted for people of BME origins in comparison with a two-fold increase amongst people of white UK origins. 

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Care assistants can administer drugs in nursing homes ‘with right training’

Nursing Times: Guidance on when care assistants can administer medicines to nursing home residents has been launched in a bid to clear up confusion in the sector.

The guidance, which was developed by the University of Leeds for the Department of Health, makes it clear care assistants can administer medication with the right training and assessment. Enabling support workers to give medicines can free up registered nurses employed in homes to do other essential care tasks. However, concerns about whether this is legal or appropriate have prevented some settings from doing this.

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Teaching Care Home project launched on 17 May

Care Management Matters: Yesterday (17 May) saw the launch of Teaching Care Home, a ground-breaking, nurse-led pilot to improve the learning environment for staff working in homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.

Care England has obtained funding from the Department of Health, which assists five Care England members from across the country to be able to take part in the scheme. These members are: Millbrook Lodge, Orders of St John Care Trust  in Gloucestershire; Rose Court, HC-One in Bury; Berwick Grange, MHA in Harrogate; Lady Sarah Cohen House, Jewish Care, in Barnet; Chester Court, Barchester in Bedlington.

Deborah Sturdy, Visiting Professor at Bucks New University and Honorary Nursing Advisor to Care England, commented, ‘The social care workforce provides complex care for thousands of people living in long-term care settings. It is imperative that nurses and care workers share and learn together; we need to raise the bar. Care home nursing teams deliver complex, skilled care in nurse-led units across the country. The development of Teaching Care Home is one way in which we can change the narrative of nursing and how it is perceived. At a time when it is hard to recruit and retain nurses the Teaching Care Home is a way in which we can help encourage nurses into the sector by creating confidence about their roles, prominence in the wider nursing community and influence the next generation of the profession.’


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