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P-20 End of life education and training to social care professionals in a response to an urgent need in the a crisis situation as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Fran Evett-Towner
  1. Pilgrims Hospices and part of the Kent and Medway education collaboration, East Kent, UK


Background Dying and death are still a taboo topic in society, highlighting barriers in holistic management of end-of-life care. People are living longer and will require end of life care in community environments. The pandemic evidenced this significantly, bringing a raised awareness of lack of knowledge in care of the dying.

Aim Collaboration was inspired and launched in response to unprecedented numbers of deaths. Three hospices and an NHS Trust in the south of England developed fundamental end-of-life training initially aimed just at nonqualified health care professionals who work across all areas of social care, from domiciliary carers and carers from residential and nursing care homes, as they are the biggest end of life care givers in our community.

Methods Eleven bite-size education sessions on end of life with multimedia contents for all learning styles, delivered virtually. This was agreed through the strategy group for quality and governance. Evolvement to a pre-learning assessment to compare and contrast the pre- and post- evaluations of participants. This demonstrates evidence of the participants’ learning and development of understanding and knowledge.

Results Evaluations and chat box comments documented to analyse, together with reviewing patient outcome data where available.

Conclusions From a response to a need in a crisis situation, this has evolved to long term collaboration between four organisations across a region, working to provide end of life care education. This will continue to improve end of life care for the patient and their families. Our evidence has shown already that these education sessions are not just required for social care but for all health care and social care professionals. Because of its success, this is now being open to all health and social care.

How innovative or of interest is the abstract?Since commencing two years ago, these sessions have gathered momentum from others in health care. We have successfully gained further funding from our local commissioning group to continue this work and the eleven education sessions are funded until November. We are currently bidding for further funding to continue this great and much needed education that is now accessible to all health and social care professionals. We plan to develop the education sessions to the next level of knowledge and skills as requested by those who have attended the first sessions, it’s good to see a thirst for knowledge and education towards end-of-life care.

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