NHS team shares end of life skills with nursing homes staff

 

From left, Emma Bodycote, Care Homes Quality Professional Adviser at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group with Sue Law, Bereavement/SCP Practice Development Nurse and Ruth Thompson, Palliative Liaison Nurse/Supportive Care Pathway Facilitator

From left, Emma Bodycote, Care Homes Quality Professional Adviser at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group with Sue Law, Bereavement/SCP Practice Development Nurse and Ruth Thompson, Palliative Liaison Nurse/Supportive Care Pathway Facilitator

A study day has enabled the Specialist Palliative Care Team from an NHS trust to share their skills and expertise with staff from Sandwell care homes.

The End of Life Skills event, held at the new Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury, brought together around 60 care home managers and nursing staff. The event, which was run by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and supported by the West Midlands Care Association, allowed the attendees to explore the key points around palliative care, including identifying the dying person, difficult conversations, advance care planning and symptom control at end of life.

Sue Law, Bereavement/SCP Practice Development Nurse at the Trust, said: “Caring for and supporting people approaching the end of their life is often considered the most challenging work any healthcare worker faces. However, it can also be the most rewarding if they have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to provide the care and support they need.

“We decided to hold the event to help our colleagues across the care home sector to learn more about end of life and guiding them through the journey from start to finish, making the process as smooth and compassionate as possible.”

One of the attendees, Emma Bodycote, who works as a Care Homes Quality Professional Adviser at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Death and dying is a challenging topic, which all care home workers will face at some point in their careers. This study day has helped to overcome the fears around the situation and encourage care home staff to use all the support available to them, whether that is their colleagues, GPs or the palliative care team.”