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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 their families.

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 life".

"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 Trust."