Background Advance Care Planning is introduced as an integral part of The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Training Programme in end-of-life care in the UK, in a variety of settings. GSF enables a systematic way to deliver the ‘right care, for the right person, in the right place, at the right time’ and is extensively used across the UK (eg., over 2500 GSF-trained care homes). There is increased uptake of ACP, but is this the case in different settings?
Aim To demonstrate change in end-of-life care in several settings including routine use of ACP discussions, as part of the GSF Training and Accreditation programmes, These include:-
Care homes (ACF)
To describe increased ACP in GSF care homes.
Methods Evaluation findings following GSF training in End of life care and Accreditation in six settings are described, with illustrations and quantitative and qualitative examples.
Results Increased uptake of ACP discussions was enabled in all settings, with comparative results described. Particularly high results (over 95%) were from care homes, where the GSF Accreditation standard is that every resident is offered an ACP discussion.
Discussion Use of training to increase staff confidence, competence and organisation of care can be used extensively across many settings to support better relationships with patients near the end of life, enabling more ACP discussions, leading to better quality EOLC.
Conclusion Routine staff training in EOLC using GSF and assessment/accreditation of organisations leads to widespread improvements in care and increased ACP discussions.
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