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Education and Learning

 

As specialists in our field, we host education, training and support for clinical staff, healthcare professionals and those working with palliative care patients and families.
Arthur Rank Hospice works directly with the Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to provide specialist palliative care services for adult patients in Cambridgeshire who are living with a life-limiting illness. An important part of the hospice role is to share our expertise and knowledge and provide support and training to  healthcare professionals who are caring for patients at the end of life.  As a Centre of excellence we provide education and training to help you and your colleagues develop your skills and confidence when delivering palliative and end of life care. We offer a variety of different learning experiences. 
We provide bespoke education and training to health and social care professionals either in your care home, hospital or work setting or here at the Education & Conference Centre.  We plan sessions tailored to meet your individual needs that can include the following:  
Using the McKinley T34 Syringe Pump in Palliative Care
Communication Skills, Answering Difficult Questions and Breaking Bad News
Grief, Loss, Bereavement and Family Support
Symptom Management in Palliative Care
Care of the Dying Patient and their Family
Dignity and End of Life 
Verification by Nurse of Expected Death
An Update on Progressive Neurological Disease 
Our annual conference An Update on Progressive Neurological Disease on 6 November 2017 featured a number of invited speakers talking on topics including management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, nutrition in MND, management and assessment of prolonged disorders of consciousness and suicidal ideation in patients with life limiting illness.  The presentations from the conference will be available to download from our website very soon.

Gold Standards Framework – Care Home Quality Programme 
Arthur Rank Hospice is one of the UK regional centres offering the programme to care homes.  The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) programme comprises a series of workshops and involves the care home working towards of a number of standards and goals with the option to apply for GSF accreditation.  Since its launch in 2004 staff in over 2,500 care homes have been trained, with up to 200 care homes accredited per year.  The accreditation is valid for 3 years and there are many homes who are now 2nd and 3rd time accredited demonstrating that the maintaining the standards is sustainable. The GSF helps staff to deliver a ‘gold standard of care’ to residents in care and nursing homes as they near the end of their lives.  Evaluations show:
- Improvements in quality of care experienced by residents
-Improved competence and confidence of staff which in turn improves staff retention
-Reduction in the number of hospital admissions in that last 6 months of life  (from  44 % to 12%)  and a 58% reduction in the length of stay
-75% of first time GSF accredited care homes achieve over 80% home death rate
-Some care homes who have undergone accreditation 3 times show homes death rates averaging 89.6%
If you are a care home interested in participating in the next programme, please contact the Education Team for an application form or to express an interest for 2018/2019. The Education Team education@arhc.org.uk or call us on 01223 675780.