Background Easily accessible training and education for all healthcare staff is essential to ensure ‘high quality care for all at the end of life (EoL)’ (EoLC Strategy 2008). With the projected increase in UK mortalitys and strategic drive to facilitate patients to be cared for and die at home, primary healthcare teams need to be up skilled to deliver good EoLC in the community. Provision of high quality, up-to-date resources, that are easily accessible at the point of patient contact, will facilitate the embedding of learning into everyday clinical practice and translate into tangible improvements in patient care.
Aim To assess the impact of an EoL Resource Pack as an educational tool for GPs.
Method A multidisciplinary group of clinical experts developed an innovative EoL Resource Pack, containing core resources (including local prescribing guidance), EoL Care tools, and additional resources (regarding local voluntary agencies). The packs were distributed to every GP practice across the healthcare economy during an educational practice visit. In addition, each GP also received personal copies of the key guidance documents. The impact of these resources was assessed from feedback received, and the data was analysed using simple statistical methodology.
Results GPs perceptions of the pack will be presented with regards to: • Educational usefulness • Impact on patient care • Role as a teaching tool Facilitating factors and barriers to implementation, along with the wider influence of the pack within the healthcare economy, will be discussed.
Conclusion The pack has been demonstrated to be an innovative, effective and sustainable educational resource that not only facilitates improved patient care at the EoL but is also a useful teaching tool. The success of the resource pack among GPs has lead to its distribution to all healthcare professionals across in locality, and its wider adoption across the region.
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