Strathcarron Hospice runs training programmes to share their specialised palliative skills with other health and social care professionals. The Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA) training programme was developed by St Christopher’s Hospice in London to enhance the palliative care skills of hospital and care home staff. Strathcarron Hospice is the only accredited Centre in Scotland who can deliver this programme.
Luke Deane, Trust Fundraiser, provided us with this update on the training programme which The Hospital Saturday Fund were delighted to be able to support:
With the support of the Hospital Saturday Fund, we hosted a QELCA course for a group of 5 staff nurses from care homes across our area. The classroom-based aspect of the course was held the week of 28th October 2019, the participants are still being supported through six-months of action learning sets that will continue through April 2020. Participants are currently implementing changes within their care homes. These include: setting up ways to identify and support people who are likely to be in the last year of life (using standardised tools and setting up regular meetings with GPs); encouraging staff to discuss resident’s and family’s wishes for end of life care and providing non-pharmalogical support (e.g. complementary therapy) to help people cope with symptoms such as anxiety and breathlessness. Feedback from the in-house course has been very positive.
The nurses that participated in this QELCA session look after a total of 225 people in four area care homes. Current and future care home residents will benefit from palliative care skills that we shared with their staff through this programme.
To find out more about this training at Strathcarron Hospice, please visit https://www.strathcarronhospice.net/Event/quality-end-of-life-care-for-all-qelca