Education to improve end of life care

Posted: April 25 2016

Improving care for people towards the end of their life is the aim of a brand new four-person team in Hertfordshire.

Education to improve end of life care

The new Macmillan Palliative/End of Life Care Education Project team at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. Front to back: Kemi Koleoso, Macmillan Clinical Education Project Lead, Julia Gay, Clinical Educator, Sarah Thompson, Clinical Educator and Lesley Sayliss, Clinical Educator for Allied Health Professionals.

A Macmillan Palliative/End of Life Care Education Project has been launched across Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, to educate and develop the skills of all nursing and therapy staff.

The Trust is working in partnership with Macmillan which has funded this project for the next two years.

Kemi Koleoso, Macmillan Clinical Education Project Lead, said: “Our priority is to up-skill our clinical staff so they can provide patients and their families with quality care when approaching end of life.”

As part of the training programme, the team will focus on the common core competencies and principles for end of life care, whilst also embedding the five key priorities for care as identified in the Department of Health publication One Chance to get it Right. The five key areas include:

  • Recognise
  • Communicate
  • Involve
  • Support
  • Plan and do. 

Sarah Thompson, project Clinical Educator, said: “Across the Trust our nurses and therapy staff work very close together as part of integrated care teams.

“With this in mind, it is important that everyone is confident and able to provide or raise issues around the delivery of end of life care.”

Kemi said: “We also recognise that our work will be in addition to the education and support already provided by the Hertfordshire Specialist Palliative Care Team.

“We will also work very closely with other providers of end of life care education across the county.”

Deepa Doshi, Macmillan Development Manager for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust on this project.

“This programme will help ensure that all staff are well supported and feel confident in their abilities, supporting them to provide the best possible care to all patients and their families with cancer or at palliative and end of life stages in the community.”

To raise further awareness of their presence, the team will support Dying Matters Week from 9 to 15 May with two events. These include:

  • An awareness stall for the public to seek information, Tuesday 10 May, at Welwyn Garden City Library, from 9am to 1pm
  • Launch of the Trust’s End of Life Policy and Palliative and End of Life Strategy for Adults and Children, Thursday 12 May, Apsley Two, Hemel Hempstead, from 9am to 4pm.

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