Working together to improve end of life care
A training pack called ‘Working together: Improving end of life care through better integration’ has been developed to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of working together to support people at the end of their lives.
It is the result of a project that aimed to provide guidance to people working in both health and social care settings by finding out what mattered most to people. To achieve this, we developed a network of people (known as champions) who were committed to improving end of life care, bringing them together in a series of workshops. The champions told us about their own experiences, what worked well and what didn’t. During these conversations common themes emerged which have been translated into a set of key messages which have formed the basis for the resources and film included in the training pack, which can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
Film - ‘It helps to talk’
- although fictitious, the film is based on the experiences of real people. It tells the story of a person with Motor Neurone Disease who conveys her end of life wishes to her son and sister. It depicts how lack of communication between front line workers can cause unnecessary stress and upset to everyone involved
Link to the film - https://vimeo.com/109108248
* Please be aware that this is a story about the end of someone's life and may be distressing for some people.
Understanding different job roles
It is essential that people in different job roles work together in order to provide excellent end of life care, including the person who is dying and their carer. As a result of feedback from the same project, which is outlined above, a film and accompanying booklet has been produced which describes all of the different job roles that may be involved and what needs to happen to make sure that everyone works together to provide the best care that they can.
Film - ‘Understanding roles – working together for better end of life care’
- the booklet is still in production but will be available to download from this page once complete.
All of the above resources and films have been developed in partnership with Skills for Care, the National Council for Palliative Care and Health Education North Central East London.
This report was produced in July 2014. It looked at the background to the project, how it worked in practice, the outcomes and recommendations for the future. The evaluation report is available to download.
Skills for Care, Skills for Health and Jewish Care have developed a guide: -
"Faith perspective: supporting Jewish people with life limiting conditions, and at the end of life".
This short summary is intended as a guide to non-Jewish practitioners working with Jewish people. In includes information to help when planning to talk to individuals about their death, supporting them and their families, and offering care and support at the time of death and during bereavement. This was developed in partnership with Jewish Care.