What did we do?
We worked collaboratively with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust to identify the end-of-life care learning and development needs of their local community, primary and palliative / end-of-life care workforce. To achieve this, a baseline assessment of the current levels of confidence and perceived skills to deliver end-of-life care was performed. In doing so, we worked closely with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust to identify key areas for the workforce to improve the current level of end-of-life care knowledge and skills.
Understand about the level of awareness, knowledge and skills staff currently hold about end-of-life care.
Identify the learning and development needs of the workforce.
Perform a gap analysis to identify potential areas for improvement and, in turn, work with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust to identify suitable end-of-life specific learning opportunities to address areas of need.
Why was it important?
The End of Life Strategy (2008) outlines, caring for people at the end-of-life is one of the most important and rewarding areas of care, and healthcare staff having the relevant knowledge and skills is immeasurably satisfying to the family. Yet only a limited number of health and social care professionals have had sufficient training around all aspects of end-of-life care.
How did we do it?
Participants were identified in consultation with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and the Oldham end-of-life partnership group. We used a survey to collect data; this was available in both electronic and paper formats to ensure that we did not alienate certain groups of professionals.
The data was analysed and benchmarked against local and national end-of-life guidelines; we fed this back to the professional groups and worked with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust to look at opportunities around their end-of-life training provision.
Who did we work with?
For further information, please contact Michael Spence (Programme Manager)