One of Doncaster’s care homes has received a top national award for its commitment to helping more people live and die in their place of choice.
The Gold Standard Framework (GSF) in care homes scheme commended the Old Rectory at an awards ceremony in London on 5 April 2019 on how it has helped to reduce the number of people that are moved unnecessarily to hospital in the last few weeks of their lives and its commitment to educating and training staff in the importance of end of life care.
On Friday 12 April, the plaque was officially unveiled in its new home in Doncaster.
At the Doncaster event, Lorraine Addis, Care Home Manager recognised the importance of the GSF award and its impact for individuals that reside at the care home, as well as their families.
“Achieving the GSF has taught us all that end of life care requires an active compassionate approach that treats comforts and supports individuals who are living with or dying from progressive or chronic life threatening conditions.
“Over the last two years, staff at the Old Rectory attended workshops to find out more about the importance of end of life care and how this is of absolute importance to those that live with us. Through team meetings, education, training and development and a lot of hard work, we managed to change practice and the culture of how important end of life care is.
“Once we were confident that we had met the standards required to gain accreditation, we took the plunge and submitted an assessment. To our delight, we found out on the 10 February that our hard work had paid off and we were awarded not just a pass, but a commend pass as confirmation that we are delivering excellence in end of life care for individuals we care for.”
For individuals, the award means that people who need palliative or supportive care towards the end of life have this need identified early. Their care requirements, symptoms, preferences and any issues important to them are assessed, and care planned around those needs. GSF is a process that is constantly updated and looks at the individual throughout their care journey, which encompasses palliative diagnosis, review, advanced care planning, the patient’s death and bereavement support.
Karen Tooley, Lead Nurse for Care Home Strategy implementation, NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I was absolutely delighted to attend the accreditation ceremony at the Old Rectory in Doncaster; it was an honour to unveil the plaque. This is a fantastic achievement, demonstrating a commitment to placing a real focus on the importance of end of life care, as well as reducing unnecessary transfers to hospital.
“The award is testament to the hard work and commitment of all staff at the Old Rectory and links with one of our ambitions from the Care Home Implementation Strategy to ensure that services across Doncaster work together to ensure that people have the right support, at the right time and place.
“In this example, it is particularly pleasing to see that the team have not only recognised the importance of end of life care for individuals they care for, but also thinking about the wider health and care system in Doncaster to reduce the number of unnecessary moves from one setting to another.”
The award is in place for three years and includes a rigorous monitoring process to ensure the care home continues to provide care in ways that meet the gold commend standard.