We support social care and health staff to provide quality end of life care.
Although every individual may have a different idea about what would, for them, constitute a ‘good death’, for many this would involve:
- Being treated as an individual, with dignity and respect
- Being without pain and other symptoms
- Being in familiar surroundings and
- Being in the company of close family and/or friends.
- Strategies and frameworks
- Training and resources
- Upcoming Events
- Information for the public (includes useful contacts for staff)
- Get involved
- The National End of Life Care Programme works with health and social care services across all sectors in England to improve end of life care for adults by implementing the Department of Health strategy. They also provide information relating specifically to care homes.
- The Department of Health has also published a framework for social care at the end of life.
- The Nottinghamshire County PCT website has useful local information.
- The Gold Standards Framework provides a framework that will help with the delivery of excellent end of life care.
- mylearningspace is the East Midlands End of Life Care and Cancer Education Hub. Here you will find free elearning, resources, information and support
- The Dying Matters Coalition have a DVD called “A party for Kath” and a book titled “Dying to Know – Bringing Death to Life”.
- End of life care for all have developed an e-learning package to help train and educate health and social care staff delivering end of life care.
- Macmillan Trust
- National Council for Palliative Care is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care.
- Nottinghamshire County NHS - An end of life care toolkit has been produced by Nottinghamshire County PCT.
- The NHS, in association with the National End of Life Care Programme, National Council for Palliative Care and the neurological alliance have produced a document entitled "Improving end of life care in neurological disease: a framework for implementation".
- The Nottinghamshire Partnership for Social Care Workforce Development delivers a range of training courses for the independent sector. For further information contact the independent sector training team
- Skills for Care have developed a knowledge set specifically for end of life care.
- St Christopher’s have produced a booklet and CD “End of life care competences” which is aimed at nurses and care staff working in the community, care homes and hospitals.
- The Kings Fund have published a book "Implementing the End of Life Care Strategy: Lessons from good practice" which is available in hard copy or to download.
End of life conference is a success
170 social workers, occupational therapists, care staff and health professionals attended a recent conference about end of life care.
The event – called ‘Dying Matters - small actions, big difference’ – included interactive presentations from inspiring speakers like Felicity Warner, founder of Soul Midwives, and Dr Adrian Blundell, Consultant Geriatrician at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
An event organiser said: “The conference was a great success and we had some excellent feedback from the people who attended”. A comment from one delegate was that the event “reminded me how important it is to get it right”.
The majority of delegates said that they would pass on information to colleagues, families, friends and service users. Others said that they would have an end of life section on support plans or would complete Advance Care Plans for their residents.
Presentations from the event are available
Felicity Warner presentation May 2012 [PPT] More information is available regarding end of life care, or phone Halima Wilson on 0115 9772784.
If you are interested in end of life care, promoting the importance of planning for the future and dealing with death in a sensitive way contact the workforce planning team.