Jersey Hospice Care success to be shared at World Congress in Berlin in Palliative Care

Jersey Hospice Care will be showcasing the success of their island-wide initiative, the Gold Standards Framework, in Berlin this week.

Representatives from Jersey Hospice Care will be at the prestigious World Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC), which takes place between 23 and 25 May. They will be presenting the implementation of the Gold Standards Framework across all care settings in Jersey, to over 3,000 delegates who are expected to attend.

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) is an evidenced approach to optimising care for all people in their last years of life with any condition, in any setting, given by any care provider. Benefits to patients include an improved quality of care, empowerment to make their own decisions on how and where they receive care, joined up, coordinated care across all care providers and a reduction in unnecessary hospital admissions.

This is the first time that GSF has been implemented across an entire jurisdiction. This means that all health professionals, regardless of their settings, are given the same tools to work together for patients in their last year of life, ensuring they can be proactive about their care and needs. GSF has given health professionals in Jersey a common language to ensure we are giving the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

The Government of Jersey commissioned Jersey Hospice Care to introduce the programme over three years, between 2015 and 2018, to enhance the quality, consistency and equity of palliative and end of life care island-wide. The aim was to improve the provision of care for all people in their final years of life in individual settings and to enable a Jersey-wide whole-system transformation of health and social care provision.

The National Gold Standards Framework Centre in End of Life Care is the national training and coordinating centre for all GSF programmes, founded by Professor Keri Thomas OBE. Following the incredible success of the Jersey programme, Professor Thomas said, ‘This has been an excellent start in the implementation of GSF to every setting across the whole island of Jersey and the integration of GSF within all settings and across all boundaries, enhancing a common culture of care, has been outstanding.’

Professor Thomas goes on to say, ‘Jersey could become an exemplar to all and provision of care could be second to none.’

Gail Caddell, Director of Palliative Care Services, said, ‘The implementation of the Gold Standards Framework in Jersey has transformed the way palliative care is being delivered, across the health and social care system. People are thinking as one team, rather than silo working; patients now feel empowered that they are part of their care.

‘Findings from the three year island-wide staged approach to introducing GSF to all settings suggest that it has catalysed significant improvements in integrated end of life care across the whole island with real benefits to patients.

‘I am thrilled that Gail Edwards, our Nurse Champion, has been invited to share the success with our peers at such a prestigious event and on an international stage.’

Background information

Over 600 people in Jersey have received Gold Standards Framework training across 68 organisations, including:

  • 25 care homes
  • 11 GP practices
  • 10 acute hospital wards
  • 4 mental health wards
  • District nurses and Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Hospice services
  • 16 domiciliary care (home care providers)

Evaluations indicate significant progress in several key areas including earlier identification of …, more people having discussions around advance care planning and reduced hospital admissions, stays and deaths.

The National GSF Centre in End of Life Care is the UK’s leading training provider for generalist frontline staff in end of life care, enabling a gold standard of care for all people nearing the end of life, with any condition in any setting. Further information is available at www.goldstandardsframework.org.uk

EAPC 2019 : ‘Global Palliative Care – Shaping the Future’

The theme will explore how palliative care fits with the current global health agenda. The successes of palliative care now transcend its usual boundaries and the work of building bridges toward new landscapes is now deeply rooted in its DNA.

The EAPC World Congress provides a unique opportunity to network and meet with colleagues, clinicians, caregivers, researchers, volunteers and educators in palliative care from across the globe to exchange knowledge, to celebrate diversity and richness, make new links, new collaborations and develop projects during the time spent together.