Celebration of Springhill Hospice Palliative Care Education Passport
Springhill Hospice, Age UK Rochdale, Rochdale Borough Council and Heywood Middleton and Rochdale CCG hosted a Dignity Champions Celebration Event on Friday 5th February 2016 to celebrate the success of developing a Palliative Care Education Passport. The first group of 34 care and nursing home staff that have completed the passport received their certificates of completion to mark the event, and shared their experiences of how the education has improved care in their homes. Ish Patel, owner and manager of Hurstead House gave an inspiring account of how the training had helped both himself and his staff to develop their knowledge and confidence when caring for those in the last years of life.
The day was hosted by the passport developers, education team Jane Ashworth and Claire Tallantyre, and certificates were given by the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale who also gave awards to those that had been outstanding in their learning, including motivating others, and Wendy Estlick manager of Cleggsworth House was awarded the changes award for implementing a variety of changes within the home, such as a room for relatives to stay in if their loved one is deteriorating and possibly approaching the end of their life, to help make this difficult time more comfortable. There was a wide audience that attended the celebration including Hospice staff, trustees, councillors and Rochdale football club manager Keith Hill was also there to offer his support, showing that care and compassion is important to everyone.
We have linked the Palliative Passport to the Dignity Champions Campaign, as many of the skills developed through the program will raise the level of dignity and compassion shown by care staff for people in care and nursing homes. Health and care staff must demonstrate kindness, as well as the skills, confidence and the application of knowledge in the care of those with Palliative Care needs. This will develop a culture of care that is compassionate, recognises the individual needs of the person and their families in their last years of life, and gives them the confidence to challenge bad practice. These are transferable skills, and once part of everyday practice will enhance the care of all service users. The programme is now starting a new intake from care and nursing homes, and is also being offered to domiciliary carers in the HMR area.
Back in July 2014 Springhill Hospice was commissioned to provide Palliative Care Services for the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale area. The passport has been in development since 2012, from this, working with key partners, Springhill Hospice launched the Palliative Care Education Passport in June 2015 and 142 staff registered to undertake the training for the passport. The Passport is awarded to all those involved in providing care for clients with a Palliative diagnosis. The training is based on the Common Core Competencies and Principles for Health and Social Care Workers (skills for Care & Skills for Health 2014),mapped against the recommended Core Education Standards for the dying person in the last days and hours of life, and also incorporates many modules contained in the National Care Certificate. The Passport is designed so that staff that undertake the training have something to show for their endeavours, and can use the evidence from the training for future development.