03 April 2013
Canterbury Christ Church University has been awarded a contract to deliver a nationally approved end of life care training programme.
The contract, awarded by the West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, will allow the University’s Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies to offer training to staff working in 14 care homes across the Maidstone area.
Carolyn Jackson, Head of Department for Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: “This new programme is an exciting opportunity which recognises the excellence of palliative and end of life care education delivered by Canterbury Christ Church University.
“The quality of care given by professionals is currently high on the political agenda, and along with recent media coverage of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying, it has highlighted the need for practice development and service improvement across the health and social care sector in this vital area of care.”
The ‘Six Steps’ programme was designed by a team of experts in the NHS North West Region to improve care outcomes for people approaching the end of their life in the country’s many care homes. It is supported by the NHS National End of Life Care Programme.
The training will help care home staff to understand residents’ wishes and care preferences as their end of life approaches. It will also help to develop their assessment, care planning and review skills; improve care co-ordination with other health and social care services, and develop the practical skills needed to deliver high quality end of life care.
The programme also prepares care home staff to support family members, staff and other care home residents in the aftermath of the death.
The programme will be delivered by Matt Hart, Lecturer in Chronic Conditions and End of Life Care, with the support of Dr Stephen O’Connor, Principal Lecturer and Honorary Reader in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care at the England Centre for Practice Development.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey