What is the Gold Standards Framework (GSF)?
GSF is a best practice model in end of life care
What does this mean?
- It is a common sense approach to improving quality of care for all in their last year of life
- It encourages living well but planning for the last days
- It helps to attain the highest standard of end of life care
- It provides the opportunity for the person, alongside the health professionals, to develop an individual plan of care for the future making sure your preferences are known
How will it benefit me?
- Co-ordinated and organised care
- Excellent team working to support your care
- Information and support for you, your family and carers
- Clear communication with you, your family, carers and other professionals
- Your wishes are acknowledged and respected
- GSF supports people to die where they choose
- More attention to your non-medical and spiritual needs
- Empower patients in their care
Why use GSF?
- GSF can reduce levels of fear and uncertainty and results in fewer crises and unnecessary hospital admissions
- There is only one chance to get it right at end of life
Who is GSF for?
- GSF is for anybody identified as being in their last year of life
- GSF is for anybody with a life limiting condition
Where is GSF being implemented?
- In residential and nursing homes, Jersey Hospice Care, Jersey General Hospital, GP practices and approved home care provider organisations
How is the programme being implemented in Jersey?
- GSF was launched in April 2015 in Jersey by Jersey Hospice Care
- There is a three year implementation programme across all health care settings
- The Nurse Champion is supporting the programme in the community
- The End of Life Care Hospital Facilitator is supporting the programme in the hospital
- Each organisation implementing the programme has nominated coordinators to introduce the initiative in their organisation
- The coordinators receive resources including access to the professional learning zone on the GSF website
- The coordinators attend regular workshops and support meetings
Who is supporting the GSF programme?
- Macmillan, Jersey Hospice Care, GPs, Family Nursing & Home Care and Health and Social Services Department, including all staff in Jersey General Hospital
I would like to send my whole-hearted congratulations to the team on achieving the GSF BGS Quality Hallmark Award in End of Life Care. This marks you out as one of the leading hospices and is testament to sustained effort and commitment to ensuring that people’s experience of the care they receive as they near the end of life is as good as it possibly can be. On behalf of the British Geriatrics Society, I am delighted to applaud your success in achieving this quality award.
Sarah Mistry, Chief Executive, The British Geriatrics Society