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Who we are
Advance care planning means having conversations with your health and care team and making decisions about the care you'd like to receive in the future if you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. This can be recorded in an advance statement and added to your notes so professionals involved in your care understand what your wishes are.
Our Advance Care Planning Service in Knowsley has expert advance care planning knowledge and practice and provides training, promotion and support in relation to end of life care to support health and care professionals working in Knowsley.
What we do
We provide training and education to support professionals with the implementation and ongoing use of best practice end of life care tools including:
- Gold Standards Framework (national)
- Six Steps to Success programme (North West)
- Model for Life Limiting Conditions (North West)
- Care and Communication Record (local individualised care plan for the last days of life).
- Citizens Charter for End of Life Care
We provide full and half day education sessions with the primary aim to train as many staff as possible in the principles of best practice in advance care planning and end of life care.
Planned education sessions are delivered via Microsoft Teams and face-to-face in the workplace or classroom. We are also able to deliver bespoke education sessions to meet the specific needs of any service.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our training, please contact us using the contact details on this page.
As a team we are responsible for ensuring the Trust is able to capture activity and evidence in line with national, regional and local guidelines and quality measures.
We also support, implement and consult on National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance and measure quality care against these guidelines.
We evaluate and measure the quality of end of life care delivered in Knowsley so we can continue to learn from and improve end of life care. We do this through annual and bi-annual audits and share results through our internal Trust Quality Safety and Safeguarding Group.
A key part of our role is to work with staff from across a wide range of organisations including, for example, local hospices, hospital trusts and other services provided by Mersey Care in Knowsley.
We collaborate with the local Health Watch, Carers Centre as well as other voluntary organisations and charities. We provide education to local council services such as Change Grow Live (CGL) and the quality teams.
We support the Enhanced Health in Care Homes initiative and work closely with the Knowsley Care Home Liaison Team.
We host an annual event to support Dying Matters Awareness Week which takes place every year in May.
The week encourages people to open up the conversation about dying, death and bereavement and through our annual event we aim to raise awareness of the importance of making future plans for your care and share information to support you to do this.
You can find out more on the Dying Matters website.
Who is our service for?
Our service is for Knowsley health and social care professionals working in the NHS, private sector, voluntary sector and charitable organisations.
We work closely with other Mersey Care services, GPs and Knowsley Council and take regional guidance from the North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks.