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Double Recognition for Hospice Education Team

Double Recognition for Hospice Education Team

Springhill Hospice Education recognised as Centre of Excellence and singled out for CQC praise.

Springhill Hospice are delighted to announce that following rigorous assessment and screening of the training provided to local health and social care staff, their Education Team have been endorsed by Skills for Care and honoured with the title of 'Centre of Excellence'.

Based at Springhill Hospice, in the Margaret Geoghegan Education Centre, the role of Springhill Hospice's Education team is to train professional carers throughout Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, who provide care in settings such as nursing and residential care homes.  Led by Specialist Palliative Care Nurse and Education Lead, Jane Ashworth, the team's training programme involves teaching care staff on every level, the key skills needed to deliver high quality, person-centred palliative care with two important ingredients, compassion and dignity.

Core training is centred around The Springhill Palliative Care Education Passport (SPCEP). The award winning passport has been developed by the team to ensure holistic knowledge and key skills are taught to all grades of staff, with supplementary standalone sessions available to enable continued professional development. 

"By using group discussions and reflection, we make our private training sessions interesting, helping learners to develop their knowledge and skills in an emotionally safe environment" said Jane. "Our training empowers carers, giving them the confidence to apply their newfound knowledge and skills.  It also highlights the importance of kindness, compassion and transparency in looking after those with Palliative care needs, along with the ability to recognise an individual's needs as well as those of their family" .

"We are all very proud of this achievement, the Skills for Care endorsement is not only recognition for work of our team, but also for those that attend our training.  Stakeholders will then have a recognised high standard of education, giving employers confidence in the training an individual has received" added Jane

Accolades for the Springhill Hospice Palliative Education Passport don't stop there, the team have also been singled out for praise from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  In a report published in October, 'The state of hospice services in England 2014 to 2017', the Education team's 'Passport' was cited as an example of the Hospice's 'integrated approach to training'.  The report spoke of Springhill Hospice's development of 'the Palliative Care Education Passport, in collaboration with Age UK Rochdale and Rochdale Borough Council to provide training to care providers specifically on end of life care'.

On their inclusion in the CQC's report, Jane Ashworth enthused, "Our work being highlighted in the Care Quality Commission's report is fantastic.  For the Palliative Care Education Passport that we have developed to be mentioned in a report that saw the inspection of 200 other hospices throughout the UK, means that the person-centred training we teach is being noticed and is making a difference."

"The Education Team are elated. We are inspired by the SfC Centre of Excellence award and having been highlighted in the CQC's report.  Most importantly this feedback means that the hard work, care and dedication of our team and the Hospice as a whole is recognised.  It shows the importance of educating others and teaching them to care with the same dignity and respect that is at the very heart of the services at Springhill Hospice"

Springhill's Education team are always looking for opportunities to spread the word about Hospice care.  If your organisation would benefit from the guidance, experience and training the team can provide, contact Jane Ashworth on 01706 752360 email: jane.ashworth1@nhs.net