27 September 2016

UCLPartners trains over 1000 healthcare staff in End-of-Life-Care

The UCLPartners End of Life Care (EOLC) project team has exceeded its target for 1000 healthcare staff to be trained in improved end-of-life care by 31 March 2017, reaching the target within just eleven months.

UCLPartners is supporting the implementation of a new approach to EOLC, following the independent review and publication of the failings in the implementation of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). This new approach is based on the Five Priorities of Care, outlined in the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) document, One chance to get it right.

Funded by Health Education England in north central and east London, UCLPartners has brought together EOLC specialists to develop two sets of training products that can be used to teach staff working in healthcare:

  • Milestones – Care in the last days of life in hospital
  • You Matter – End-of-Life Care in the community

Since October 2015 the team has disseminated the training materials for Milestones to more than 60 clinicians across London, who have in turn used the educational materials to train over 1000 staff in their trusts since January 2016. As a result of receiving this training, healthcare professionals have reported that their confidence to deliver EOLC has increased by 20%.

The rollout of You Matter training is also well underway with 350 community healthcare professionals completing the training to date.

Michelle Mooney, End of Life Care Project Manager for UCLPartners said: “Many healthcare professionals are not fully equipped with the knowledge and awareness they need to deliver good End of Life Care. Our training materials are tackling this issue head on. As a result, staff feel more confident to deliver good end of life care, improving the experience of so many patients.”

Graeme Hendry, EOLC Education Programme Manager at Barts Health NHS Trust said“The Milestones EOLC Package has proven to be a fantastic educational resource for us here at Barts Health. The materials, including the powerful short film, session plans, slides and teaching notes, provide everything needed to run an effective and engaging session with a wide range of staff.”

A learner from North Middlesex University Hospital has said: “The training helped me to identify that my patient was dying and explain my thoughts to the doctors looking after her.”

Read more about the UCLPartners EOLC programme