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Gold Standards

care at Lakelands Hospice 

Corby hospice first to earn Gold award for end of life care, Lakelands Hospice recognised among best in the UK.

Lakelands Hospice in Corby, has become the first hospice to receive a national award, the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Accreditation Quality Hallmark Award for the quality of its end of life care.

Staff at Lakelands undertook the GSF Care Home training and adapted it for the needs of a hospice, in a pioneering development which the GSF Centre hopes will be help many other hospices, in particular those with outreach community services. They were presented with heir awards at a special ceremony in Worcester. Assessors were so impressed with the standard of care demonstrated they awarded Lakelands Beacon status – the highest award. 

Cathy Langtree, nurse manager at Lakelands, said: “This training programme has been very time consuming and we have had to work hard to adapt it to a hospice setting, but it has been incredibly rewarding. 

“We have always prided ourselves on the quality of our care, but GSF has helped us bring more structure to what we do and we now know we have achieved something for all our patients. It has also helped us feel more comfortable about talking freely about death and dying with our patients and enabled us to develop closer working ties with district nurses and GPs.” 

Following its success, Lakelands is now working with the National GSF Centre on a new programme specifically for hospices- the GSF Hospice Care Programme, to be launched at the next GSF Conference Nov 28th in London. 

GSF is widely used by primary care teams by more than 2000 care homes, 32 hospitals, 29 community hospitals and many domiciliary care agencies across the UK to improve care for people nearing the end of life. GSF helps to increase the number of people approaching the end of their lives to receive the care they want where they want it, protects them from inappropriate hospital admissions and increases their chances of dying in their preferred place of care – their home or care home. 

Winners of the GSF Quality Hallmark Award demonstrate a real improvement in the quality of care they provide. Research shows that GSF training halves the number of residents/patients dying in hospital and reduce crisis admissions. This leads to greater satisfaction for families, residents/ patients and staff and significant cost savings for the NHS. 

Professor Keri Thomas, GSF National Clinical Lead said: “GSF has become recognised as the kite marked model of best practice for end of life care in care homes, helping individuals and their families to identify homes delivering high quality care, a ‘gold standard’ of care for all their residents as they come to the last stage of their life. We are delighted that Lakelands has taken the model, adapted it meet the particular needs of a hospice day care and hospice at home service and is using it to excellent effect to give its patients the best possible end of life care.”

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