St Catherine’s Hospice works with a number of professional partners such as Preston’s College to deliver specialist educational projects centered around end-of-life care and Advance Care Planning.
Advance Care Planning is relevant to all health and social care professionals who work with people and their families, in any care setting. However it is also relevant to individuals working in other settings who have conversations with the public about their thoughts, wishes, expectations and preferences for the future, particularly their health, social and personal care. As a society we shy away from talking about the end of our lives, and the 5 taboo and hidden ‘D’s – disfigurement, disability, deterioration, dying and death.
Not talking about death and dying doesn’t stop it from happening. Avoiding such discussions means that we don’t give people the opportunity to discuss what is important to them. Weare then left making assumptions about what they might have wanted, or guessing what their preferences might have been, and making decisions for them, in their best interests.
So talking about it is important, and in order to do so, frontline workers need to be skilled and unafraid to have the conversation. The conversations and decisions need to be recorded, and appropriately shared, otherwise they may be not be available to help decision making at the time when a person cannot make those decisions and express those wishes and preferences for themselves. Conversations need to be documented. People may want to record their own wishes and preferences informally or choose someone to speak for them, or they may choose to undertake a more formal process of documenting a decision to refuse some treatment in advance of when that decision is needed or appoint a legal proxy to make those decisions for them at the time they are needed. In order to be helpful in facilitating this process, frontline workers need to have an understanding of Advance Care Planning and all it entails, and where it fits in to the overall Future Care Planning arena which also includes Anticipatory Clinical Management Planning for predicted clinical situations and Best Interests Decisions Making for those who lack capacity and cannot make their wishes and preferences known (where they did not do so prior to losing capacity).
So, this is important for everyone. No-one knows whether or not they will be the person to whom someone chooses to divulge their wishes, preferences, important issues for the future. We all need to know about the whole process, how to have the conversations, how to document the choices and how to share them appropriately, with consent.
The training starts at 09:00 and will be finished by 16:30, lunch and refreshments provided.
St Catherine’s Hospice and Preston’s College have teamed up to deliver Health and Social Care qualifications specialising in End of Life Care.
Training opportunities include:-
The programme has resulted in multiple benefits for service-user, care professional, and employer:
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A pioneering partnership has launched between St Catherine’s Hospice and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
The Memorandum of Understanding has been set up to encourage greater collaborative working between St Catherine’s staff, and students, researchers and lecturers at the university – with the aim of raising standards and improving access to quality care for the Central Lancashire community.
Work will be built around themes of developing expertise; encouraging internships and volunteering; working together on research projects; sharing good practice and submitting joint bids for funding for new initiatives.
Although core departments to be involved will be nursing, medical and social work, both organisations are also keen to develop collaborative working in other areas – for example marketing, finance and business development, which will benefit both the hospice charity and UCLan students.
To find out more, please refer to the contact details below.
End of life care and reducing unnecessary hospital admissions are local and national priorities. Current evidence shows that Advance Care Planning can have a positive impact on patient care. Examples are: less aggressive medical care; better quality of life before death, support during and after death for the bereaved, and decreased rates of hospital admission, especially of care home residents. Those who have completed an Advance Care Plan are more likely to receive care aligned to their wishes. A UK retrospective study of 969 deceased hospice patients found that those who had completed such a plan (57%) spent less time in hospital in their last year of life. It also found that those who died outside of hospital had a lower mean hospital treatment cost than those who died in hospital. It is also recognised that over 65% of people wish to die at home and yet over 50% of people are dying in hospital.
St Catherine’s Hospice Education Department: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01772 629171 / Fax: 01772 695298
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