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Gold Standards Framework Care Home Programme

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Saint Francis Hospice - Regional Training Centre for Gold Standards Framework 

Saint Francis Hospice is delighted to have been working in partnership with the GSF team in delivering the Gold Standard Framework programmes in Care Homes (GSFCH) and the Domiciliary Care Programme for over four years now, and are proud to have developed a great partnership.

The GSFCH Programme, supported by the Department of Health End of Life Care Strategy (2008), is one of the biggest, most comprehensive programmes ever undertaken to enhance end of life care in care homes. The programme is a structured yet flexible framework, aiming to build a step by step approach to improve the supportive and palliative care for people as they approach the end of their lives. It is based on best available evidence, real grass roots experience and shared learning. 

End of Life Care is a vital part of all care home’s support for its residents. The ageing population and increasing incidence of dementia means that care homes now support residents with far more complex conditions. About a fifth of all UK deaths take place within care homes. This makes it even more important that care home staff are trained to deliver excellent End of Life Care. Failure to provide a gold standard of care at the end of life is unacceptable, it causes untold distress to residents, and their families and can lead to inappropriate admissions to hospital. 

The GSF in Care Homes Programme enables care home staff to deliver more personalised care within the care home providing residents with a better quality of life consistent with their wishes. The GSFCH Programme is a three-stage quality assurance programme. Each stage builds upon the other and is most effective when undertaken as a composite whole culminating in accreditation in the second year.

The programme is facilitated over one year with workshops and aims to improve the quality of care for people nearing the end of life. By improving collaborative working between care homes, GP/Primary Care and specialist palliative care teams, the programme aims to reduce the number of hospital admissions in the last stage of life, and enable more people to die in their care home.

In addition we offer the Gold Standards Framework in Domiciliary Care programme (GSFDC).  The GSFDC Training Programme, takes a ‘Train the Trainers’ approach to the implementation of GSF in Domiciliary Care Agencies. It is recognised that domiciliary carers are vital to the provision of end of life care provided to people in their own homes, helping them remain in their preferred place of care. 

This programme is divided into three stages, and is implemented over a 6-9 month period. The GSFDC programme will support your organisation in the achievement of a range of targets and quality markers. These will be demonstrated through the use of evidence based tools, including the Supportive Care Analysis (SCA) audit tool, surveys of staff confidence and changes in organisational culture, all of which form an integral part of stages 1 & 3 of the programme.

The GSF Training Programmes have been mapped to Skills for Care End of Life Care Qualifications, see www.goldstandardsframework.org.uk for further details.

Next Course:
Workshop 1: 18th October 2018 (½ day)
Workshop 2: 22nd November 2018
Workshop 3: 29th January 2019
Workshop 4: 20th March 2019

Please contact education@sfh.org.uk or call 01708 758646 for further information.