A new training team has been created to help nurses improve end of life care in Hertfordshire.
The Macmillan Palliative/End of Life Care Education Project has been launched across Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust to educate and develop the skills of all nursing and therapy staff.
“It is important that everyone is confident and able to provide or raise issues around the delivery of end of life care”
The trust is working in partnership with the charity, which has funded the project for the next two years.
As part of the training programme, the team will focus on the common core competencies and principles for end of life care.
It will also seek to embed the five key priorities for care as identified in the Department of Health’s guidance One Chance to get it Right – recognise, communicate, involve, support, plan and do.
Sarah Thompson, Hertfordshire Community’s project clinical educator, said: “Across the trust our nurses and therapy staff work very close together as part of integrated care teams.
“With this in mind, it is important that everyone is confident and able to provide or raise issues around the delivery of end of life care.”
Kemi Koleoso, Macmillan Clinical Education Project lead, said: “Our priority is to up-skill our clinical staff so they can provide patients and their families with quality care when approaching end of life.”
She added: “We also recognise that our work will be in addition to the education and support already provided by the Hertfordshire Specialist Palliative Care Team.
“We will also work very closely with other providers of end of life care education across the county,” she noted.
As well as Ms Koleoso, the four-person team also comprises clinical educators Julia Gay, Sarah Thompson and Lesley Sayliss.
Deepa Doshi, Macmillan’s development manager for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, added: “We are delighted to be working with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust on this project.”