We need to ensure that the care people receive at the end of life is compassionate, appropriate and gives people choices in where they die and how they are cared for. The Government published an End of Life Care Strategy – promoting high quality care for all adults at the end of life.
The Tyne and Wear Care Alliance in partnership with Health Education England (HEE) has funding to engage with the independent care sector.
This funding is to support frontline staff to be suitably competent to care for patients and service users in an end of life situation, by enabling them to access relevant training and support, from clinicians, so that they can effectively implement the following objectives:
- To provide high quality care and support in end of life care
- To ensure that there is appropriate advice and support for carers at every stage
- To ensure that individual needs are met and care and support is coordinated, irrespective of who is delivering the service
- To ensure that dignity and respect is paramount during end of life care
- To provide high quality care, support and specialist advice
As a result of this funding educational opportunities were implemented across Tyne and Wear, including classroom based learning, in house sessions and learning through practice based development incorporating vocational awards.
Learning programmes were developed to improve awareness of the 5 specific behaviours in the core competencies for End of Life care:
- Assessment and Care Planning
- Symptom management, maintaining comfort and wellbeing
- Advanced Care Planning
- Overarching values and knowledge