Going for gold standards
28 January 2015
Southend Hospital has launched a Gold Standards Framework which aims to support general frontline staff who work with patients with end of life (last year of life) needs by running quality improvement training programmes.
The project, coordinated by the National Gold Standards
Framework Centre, is being managed by four wards - Windsor,
Rochford, Estuary and Benfleet - and aims to be completed in 2016
with plans for it then to roll out to the whole hospital. It will
focus on identifying people who are reaching the last year of life
and support them with Advance Care Planning.
This includes identifying treatment, care wishes, and helping
people to consider making plans for their future. This will improve
the choice and experience for patients and their families and
improve care throughout most important part of their lives.
Wendy Warner, palliative care lead nurse, said: "Southend
hospital sees end of life care as a core role for our patients.
By identifying people entering the last year of life, we can
work alongside patients and their families helping them to make
decisions and plans for their end of life care.