Background An innovative programme designed by the author to meet the needs of community care staff in the borough, the PCEP accredits the care worker rather than the organisation. High staff turnover is prevalent in care homes and the aim is that all care homes in the borough will have at least 70% of staff trained by 2019.
Methods The PCEP is based on the Common Core Competencies and Principles for Health and Social Care Workers (2014), mapped against Recommended Core Education Standards for Care and Support for the Dying Person in the Last Days and Hours of Life (SCN 2014), and incorporates many aspects of the National Care Certificate (2015). Skills are transferrable, and once part of everyday practice will enhance the care of all service users.
The SPCP comprises of six core modules:-
Northwest EoL care model, difficult decisions and recognising advanced disease
Spirituality/psychological needs and supporting families and carers
Assessment and care planning including hydration and nutrition
End of life care
Care after death/bereavement care
On completion the participant receives a passport at a celebration event, and will have compiled a personal portfolio of group work, additional tasks, and personal reflections. The organisation receives an annual certificate detailing the number of staff that complete the PCEP, and a portfolio of evidence. We also encourage participants to access e-ELCA and record this on the passport.
Results Evaluation shows encouraging signs of increased motivation, confidence and skills of those attending, and changes being made within their organisations.
It is currently funded via the hospice and MPET (multi professional education & training), and due to the high uptake, the CCG (clinical commissioning group) have requested further modules to be developed for disease specific training.
Conclusion The PCEP accredits the care worker, and inspires them to make changes from within their organisation.
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