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P6 One Step at a Time: Introducing an End-of-Life Care programme to a critical mass of local care homes
  1. Cathy Godfrey,
  2. Alex Stevenson,
  3. Bernie Barber,
  4. Baldry Cath and
  5. Karen Groves
  1. Queenscourt Hospice, Southport, UK


Aims The Six Steps to Success programme was launched in the UK (North West) to support the delivery of end of life care in care homes. 36 (1162 beds) of the 109 nursing and residential homes (3,600 beds) in our locality (Southport, Formby and West Lancashire) have undertaken the programme and this poster demonstrates the impact of the programme upon the knowledge, skills and confidence of care home staff.

Design The programme, delivered from the Hospice Hub by end of life care facilitators, includes:

A pre and post course self-assessment of knowledge skills and confidence

Post workshop evaluations

An end of programme questionnaire

This poster describes the analysis of these.

Results The programme met the needs and expectations of 100% of participants. 100% found the education clear and felt well supported by the EOlc facilitators. Evidence shows that each cohort improved in knowledge, skills and confidence across all topics when measured on a 5-point self-assessment scale. Qualitative analysis of feedback indicates that the care homes are working as a team to utilise end of life care tools and improve patient experience approaching end of life.

Conclusion The Six Steps to Success Programme has enabled care homes to bring about organisational change and develop frameworks to improve End of Life Care in their place of work. By working together, sharing experiences and ideas, supported by their facilitators and the local hospice (Queenscourt Hospice), care homes have developed comprehensive end of life care policies which have enhanced delivery of high quality care. By rolling out the programme to a large number of care homes over a 12 month period we are creating a ground swell of enthusiastic motivated care home staff with a desire to collaborate with those working in other health and social care settings to improve the experiences of their residents and relatives.

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