City care homes recognised for improvements in end of life care

Nursing and residential homes from across the city will be recognised for making improvements in the quality of end of life care at an event today (Wednesday).

Ten homes, as well as 21 individuals, will receive certificates for completing the Six Steps to Success programme, which is led and delivered by clinicians from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s Countess Mountbatten House hospice.

The initiative aims to improve the identification, treatment and care management of residents approaching end of life and consists of eight half-day workshops and two mandatory study days followed by completion of a portfolio by care homes.

Initially developed by the Cheshire and Merseyside Palliative and End of Life Care Network and the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Strategic Clinical Network, the programme has been adapted by the Countess Mountbatten House education team for implementation locally.

The three-year project, funded by NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, has helped to lead organisational change within care homes by supporting staff in developing their roles around end of life care.

It has also led to the creation of end of life care champions within the participating care homes who have developed knowledge, skills and confidence in the specialty and can encourage and empower other staff to deliver quality care to residents.

The following care homes have completed the Six Steps to Success programme and will be presented with certificates by Linda Sayburn, care group manager for cancer care at UHS:

• Sunrise of Bassett
• The Hawthorns
• Hampton Lodge Care Home
• Fair Havens Christian Care Home
• Rosewood Care Home
• Linden House Care Home
• Lavender House Care Home
• Aspen Lodge Care Home
• Brookvale House
• Springfield House Care Home.

Vicki Havercroft, matron for palliative and end of life care at UHS, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward those nursing and residential homes, as well as individual staff, who have worked extremely hard to make improvements in the quality of end of life care.

“The Six Steps to Success programme is a vital to enhancing the end of life care people receive outside of hospital and, through this training, hospital and hospice clinicians can help to ensure as many care home residents as possible benefit from the best possible care.”

The celebration event will be held at Countess Mountbatten House today (Wednesday) from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Posted on Wednesday 9 November 2016