[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 10, May 2012].
The “Midlands and East QIPP End of Life Care Great Practice Showcase” event was held in February 2012. It brought together commissioners, end of life care managers and clinical staff to learn about the tools and resources available to meet the QIPP challenge at end of life. This report summarises the main lessons, including an overview of presentations, with links for further information sources about the exhibitors and case studies illustrating good practice.
Some of the main examples and achievements in the field to date include:
National Focus: ELCQuA
The End of Life Care Quality Assessment tool (ELCQuA) has been developed for all commissioners and practitioners of end of life care in England. The web-based self-assessment tool makes it possible to measure how well commissioners and practitioners meet national end of life care quality markers and the NICE Quality Standard.
AMBER Care Bundle
The AMBER Care Bundle helps staff in acute hospitals identify people approaching end of life. It supports the initiation of conversations and the production of a plan of care to support each person’s choices.
Find Your 1% Campaign
The Find your 1% campaign encourages GPs to identify proactively the people in their locality who are likely to die in the next 12 months. The aim is to help initiate conversations and co-ordination of care.
NHS Local Platform elearning
NHS Local offers a platform (at http://www.learning.nhslocal.nhs.uk/) for elearning and informal learning across the region for the whole workforce. Resources include examples of good practice, case studies and other tools.
E-learning for Care Homes
E-learning for care homes (East of England and West Midlands) and e-learning for end of life care are tailored to the needs of staff in care homes. It supports staff to discuss the issues and in giving people choice about where they would like to die.
Mylearningspace offers free elearning resources, information and support. This includes on-line courses about the gold standard framework (GSF) and verification of an expected death.
Time to Talk Project
The Time to Talk project encourages end of life care staff to consider their personal preferences, and make them more comfortable about initiating discussions with users / carers.
Toughpads for Hospice Staff
The John Taylor Hospice in Birmingham have developed a way for clinical staff to maintain access to accurate, up-to-date and relevant information when visiting people receiving end of life care in the community (without reliance on paper records).
NHS National End of Life Care Programme (2012). QIPP end of life care event report: great practice showcase – Birmingham. Quality Innovation Productivity Prevention 28th February 2012. London: National End of Life Care Programme, April 2012.