In recognition of the changes they’ve made to their end-of-life care programme, four wards in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation trust received the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Quality Hallmark Award.
The award was designed as part of the GSF programme aimed at training frontline doctors and nurses on how to deal with families and patients in the last year of their life. Staff completed a 6-workshop training programme, participated in several online evaluations and submitted a portfolio, before receiving a visit from the GSF team.
Following this training, the four winning wards had increased the number of patients identified as being in the last year of life to at least 30%. Chelsea and Westminster,s Ron Johnson HIV ward staff, were praised for the services they provided to patients such as weekly film screenings and ‘Pets as Therapy’ dog visits.
Professor Mark Nelson, Consultant Physician on the ward, said ‘I can already see the difference GSF is making on Ron Johnson, having improved dramatically what can all too often be a challenging and upsetting time for patients, relatives and indeed the staff themselves.’
The Nell Gwynne Stroke Ward, has partnered with a solicitor firm to provide a free will- making service to their end of life patients, which they were praised for. Middlesex University Hospital also received awards for two of their wards.