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Six Steps Plus Programme for Domiciliary Care Organisations

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The Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy, published in 2008, emphasised the need to raise the quality of care provided to dying people and their loved ones in a variety of settings including care homes.

The strategy identified the need for care home staff to receive the training and support to ensure the provision of good end of life care.

It recommended more coordinated services which could see NHS and statutory social care authorities providing more support to care home staff and managers and their residents. Such support would reduce the number of unplanned hospital admissions, ensuring more people can die in their care home if that is their expressed preference (DOH 2008). One of the outcomes was the publication of a training programme for care homes.

The National Six Steps Programme was developed in partnership between Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network, Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network, and Cumbria and Lancashire End of Life Network with support from the National end of Life Care Programme. The programme aims to enhance end of life care through facilitating organisational change and supporting staff to develop their roles around end of life care.

The programme has been adapted by St Luke's Hospice Plymouth to provide an accredited training programme for care homes in Plymouth.

North Devon Hospice is committed to provision of end of life care to health care professionals in all settings to promote quality care for all patients. The Six Steps is a comprehensive training programme that offers care homes and domiciliary care agencies the opportunity to be competent and confident in provision of sensitive, compassionate, end of life care for their residents.

What you will gain

This programme will enable you to meet Department of Health End of Life Care CQC & Dementia Quality Markers and support your staff to develop Core Competencies for End of Life Care.

On successful completion of the programme, Champions will receive an individual Certificate. An organisational Certificate of Accreditation will be awarded to your organisation.

The Programme Content

  • 8 taught sessions between 9.30am and 4.30pm, run over a period of 9 months, followed by a 3-month period to demonstrate achievement of appraisal criteria and CQC standards
  • Each session will cover a specific aspect of end of life care and provide time for individual portfolio development and tutor support

New for 2018

After the success of our Six Steps Programme for Care homes we have launched our new course, specifically designed for Domiciliary Care Organisations. This runs over 6 months and covers the following sessions:

Delivery times: 9.30am–3.30pm

  • 1st February 2018 - Introduction to the programme
  • 22nd February 2018 - Step 1: Discussions as End of Life Approaches
  • 8th March 2018 - Step 2: Assessment, Care Planning and Review
  • 29th March 2018 - Step 3: Co-ordination of Care
  • 19th April 2018 - Step 4: Delivery of High Quality Care
  • 10th May 2018 - Step 5: Care in the Last Days of Life
  • 31st May 2018 - Step 6: Care After Death
  • 14th June 2018 - Extra Step (Dementia OR Learning Difficulties)*
  • 21st June 2018 - Extra Step (Dementia OR Learning Difficulties)*
  • 12th July 2018 - Tutorial Day (appointments to be booked)

Please contact Katrina Fry (katrinafry@northdevonhospice.org.uk or 01271 347 209) for further information on availability of places and costs for the next courses.

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