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Hospice celebrates care homes’ improvement in providing end of life care

25 October 2016
  • Andy Burnham MP, presenting the award for Manager of the Year to Lorraine Scholey

Earlier this month, Wigan and Leigh Hospice held an awards ceremony to recognise and reward the work of eight local care homes and their staff in improving care for residents who are nearing the end of their lives.

The Hospice in your Care Home team organised the awards for care home staff who they have been working with over the last year to help improve care for residents and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions at the end of life.

Hospice in Your Care Home was established following funding from Wigan and District Cancer Research Committee and from Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and Wigan Council.

The team have been a regular presence in the nursing homes, working closely with staff to promote training and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge needed to provide sensitive, timely and compassionate end of life care.

Rolling education programmes have been delivered on how to communicate in difficult or distressing situations, as well as how to recognise when someone is nearing the end of their life and how to anticipate what medication and pain relief may be needed.

Debbie Dempsey, Hospice in your Care Home manager, explained: “Inappropriate hospital admissions may be initiated by nursing home staff because they lack dedicated support and basic training in palliative and end of life care.

“Over the last ten months we have worked closely with these eight nursing homes to give them the practical skills and knowledge they need to enhance the care given to their residents who are dying and to support their loved ones.

“Over that time we have seen a lot of excellent work being done, but nursing home staff don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Our awards ceremony aims to celebrate the positive initiatives in nursing homes and highlight individuals who are making a real difference to the residents they care for.”

Voting boxes were placed in all eight nursing homes to give staff the opportunity to nominate their colleagues. Families and patients were able to vote for the Staff Member of the Year.

Winners were selected by the Hospice in your Care Home steering group, which includes team members from Hospice in your Care Home and Wigan Council’s quality performance officers team.

The awards ceremony, held on 14 October, was hosted by the hospice’s chief executive Alan Baron, with awards presented by local MPs and individuals from Wigan Council, Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and the Care Quality Commission.

Andy Burnham MP, presenting the award for Manager of the Year to Lorraine Scholey from Richmond House, said: “This award is to acknowledge the leadership and dedication required to be an effective care home manager. A great manager will inspire, motivate and empower their teams to provide high quality person-centred care to their residents and support those important to them.

“I have never been at a celebration for care home staff and I’m glad they are getting this recognition because it is a pressured job day in and day out – it’s a tough environment.”

Yvonne Fovargue MP, presenting the award for Most Improved Home to Bedford Care Home, said: “All too often the only publicity care homes gets is bad. It’s only right we hear about the work you put in that people don’t see.

“The home chosen to receive this award has shown true resilience. With the support, encouragement and advice of the Hospice in your Care Home team, the staff in this home have shown great commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to provide a high standard of end of life care to the residents.”

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Sheila Dawson

This must be a great boost to the care homes. They have a difficult job to do , often in isolation, trying to give best care for patients/families often with reduced resources and support. This sounds like a brilliant initiative and I am so pleased for Bedford.

29/10/2016 11:48:01


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