2nd June 2016 – Training helps Airedale Hospital deliver Gold Standard end of life care
Two wards from Airedale Hospital have received awards from the Honorary Secretary of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) in recognition of the care they provide patients nearing the end of their lives.
Wards 6 and 9 have been awarded Gold Standards Framework (GSF) quality hallmark award in recognition of good practice in end of life care.
To achieve the accreditation, hospitals need to demonstrate earlier recognition of patients in the last year of life, improved communication with those patients and fellow professionals, and better coordinated care.
Dr Raasheed Mohammed, consultant geriatrician at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The GSF and Gold Line provide me with the added reassurance that my patients and their family have a plan, and the added resources in place as they move from secondary care to the community.”
Fiona Widdowson, end of life care facilitator at Airedale NHS Foundation, said: “Our aim is to help people to live well until the end of life. The GSF helps us to ensure patient receive good, evidence based care. Using advance care planning, staff can work with patients to establish their wishes and priorities and when the time comes where they want to die.”
Airedale Hospital has supported several GP surgeries and care homes to complete the GSF training. The trust also has in place a dedicated telephone service, known as the Gold Line, for people identified as being near the end of life and on the GSF register. Care is coordinated between hospital, GPs, community teams and the palliative care service, working with Gold Line to try and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.
Professor Keri Thomas, GSF clinical director, said: “Through identifying patients earlier, engaging them and their families in advance care planning discussions, continually revising those plans and sharing this information with others, they can ensure that patients are discharged home more speedily, care is well planned in the community and dying patients receive high quality care in the last days of life.”
Airedale is one of more than 40 to have completed the GSF Acute Hospitals Training, a two-year programme which also aims to enable the provision of integrated tailored care reducing the length of patients’ hospital stay and improving the discharge process, leading to better outcomes once the patients return home.