End of life care recognised by Gold Standards Framework
04 October 2018
Three wards and the Palliative Care Team at Southend University Hospital Trust have received Gold Standards Framework (GSF) accreditation. The teams received their awards at the national GSF conference in September and were recognised with a national award for the quality care they are providing their patients as they approach the end of their lives.
Members of the nursing teams from Rochford, Westcliff and
Windsor and The Palliative Care Team were in London on Friday 28
September to receive the GSF Quality Hallmark Award.
The GSF recognises that our ward teams work in a coordinated way
to identify patients in their last year of life and, through
advanced care planning, help patients make decisions about their
care ensuring their wishes are documented and acted on. This care
extends beyond a patient's death into bereavement and care for
The wards involved focus on patients whose conditions mean they
have frequent admissions to hospital and staff work closely with
patients and families with the aim of reducing admissions to
hospital and improving the quality of care for those patients.
The teams liaise with GPs, Palliative and Supportive care
register team and care providers outside of the hospital to ensure
that care is coordinated and everyone involved in the patient's
care understands their decisions and preferences.
The GSF originated in the community and Trusts are slowly
beginning to sign up to the importance of ensuring high quality
care for patients in their last year of life.
Wendy Warner, Palliative Care Joint Clinical Lead and Lead Nurse
said "I couldn't be more proud of the work our Palliative Care team
and Windsor, Rochford and Westcliff have achieved together. The
accreditation ceremony is a public acknowledgement of our
commitment to providing the highest quality, holistic care for
patients - and their families - in the last year of their
"We're rolling out this initiative to Neuro unit - Benfleet and
Paglesham wards soon and it will be great to see the benefits of
accreditation extend to a wider group of patients in our