End of Life Care Award
The right to safe and effective care doesn’t end when someone’s illness becomes terminal, or when their life is drawing to a close. Issues such as falls, and pressure ulcers may be a risk at end of life and, with many patients on multiple medications, there is also the risk of drug errors.
This award will recognise those who have implemented initiatives to ensure consistently safe and high-quality palliative care. That will undoubtedly include teams in hospices but will equally include those working in any other part of the health and care system. Entries can focus on specific areas of safety in palliative care or have a more general focus on safe care across this specialty.
Entries are welcomed from all parts of the health and social care system but could also be initiatives from the private sector. Judges are looking for projects which can demonstrate patient safety at their core but have experience, care, staff morale, training and awareness as drivers.
Provide details on the context of the care operation including position within the health and social care system, integration with other related bodies. Describe the ambition of the initiative including detailed goals and targets including staff training, patient and family engagement. Detail the measures of success.
Evidence safety for patients receiving palliative and end of life care has improved as a direct result of the safety initiative. This should be quantitative and can focus on one or multiple aspects of care.
Evidence the patient safety initiative has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care. This should have a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative data as appropriate.
How has the team worked within their organisation to disseminate the success of this initiative? Are the results being achieved elsewhere and what efforts were made to help colleagues in realising this. Describe the process of sharing results and process and provide evidence in the form of testimonials and outcomes.
Evidence the initiative has improved the value of the service given. Where possible, this should include evidence of improved financial impact as well as value to patients through improved quality of care, patient experience and staff awareness and satisfaction.
Clear evidence of a multidisciplinary approach, with all relevant parties fully engaging in the work. This should include managers, medics and nurses as well as patients and families. Please provide detailed evidence which supports a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.