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Eight Care Homes became the first to start a new training programme this month, as Arthur Rank Hospice Charity launched its inaugural course with The Gold Standards Framework (GSF). The Mill Road based Hospice is the new Cambridge based Regional Centre for the GSF and aims to deliver the programme to Care Homes across the East of England.

Twenty students attended the first of six workshops that make up the training programme designed to help them deliver the very best palliative and end of life care. Over the coming twelve months they will explore topics such as Advance Care Planning and symptom management. They will also have access to 'the virtual learning zone' an online resource which will help them to cascade learning across their organisation.  At the end of the programme, Care Homes are able to apply for accreditation across twenty quality standards, eventually receiving recognition as an Accredited GSF Care Home providing a 'Gold' standard of care. Reassessment occurs every three years, to ensure the care delivered is still reaching the standards required for the accreditation.

Arthur Rank Hospice also began their training and aims to be one of the first hospices to obtain GSF accreditation. As specialists in palliative and end of life care, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity believes that providing training, education and support for those involved in its delivery is a priority. The programme is being offered not only to Care Homes, but also to other healthcare organisations across the East of England.  

Visit Arthur Rank Hospice Charity website for more information.

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