The Macmillan Clinical Education Team was launched to address a lack of confidence among healthcare staff in delivering quality care to patients approaching the end of their lives. The proactive, multidisciplinary team has been instrumental in supporting colleagues to recognise end of life care patients, initiate advance care planning and signpost to support.
The team has raised the profile of end of life care across their organisation by delivering innovative, bespoke training for individual clinical teams and embedding a network of champions. Thanks to their collaborative work with other providers of end of life care in Hertfordshire, the programme is leaving a lasting legacy that will benefit patients both now and in the future.
‘Initially, a lot of healthcare staff didn’t see that they had a role to play in providing end of life care because they didn’t think they saw end of life patients,’ says Kemi Koleoso, the Clinical Education Lead. ‘It was all about convincing them that they do, and explaining that people at the end of their lives may still be active, walking around and attending clinic sessions.’
‘It’s been great to be able to upskill clinicians and make a tangible difference to both their practice and their patients.’
If you have any questions about the team’s work please email Deepa Doshi, Partnership Quality Lead.