Become an Affiliated Care Home Partner
Welcome to the Affiliated* Care Home Partner page of the St Christopher’s Hospice’s website.
We are delighted to be working with our Affiliated Care Home Partners to maintain and improve the quality of life for people living in the last phase of life in care homes.
What our Affiliated Care Home partners get
Our Affiliated Care Home Partners are entitled to educational care home initiatives run by St Christopher’s, as well as discounts on other events provided by St Christopher’s Learning Hub (see below).
In addition, all care homes within the boundaries of our local CCGs will receive the usual clinical support that St Christopher’s has always provided for care home residents.
All Affiliated Care Home Partners are entitled to the following:
Introduction to Palliative Care study days
All staff employed by an affiliated care home can attend these study days. The study days are primarily aimed at new staff members but can also be used to update any staff member.
These study days are scheduled bimonthly and topics include:
- defining palliative and end-of-life care; the role of care homes;
- how to recognise that a resident is coming to the end of life;
- the importance of planning for the resident’s future care;
- preventing inappropriate hospital admissions;
- the importance of good communication;
- dignity; overview of dementia;
- assessing and managing common symptoms at the end of life;
- and managing loss and looking after ourselves
Monthly half-day workshops
We run a series of 2–3 hour workshops for our Affiliated Care Home Partners on various topics related to care homes and end-of-life care as well as dementia care.
- difficult conversations with residents and their families/loved ones;
- advance care planning;
- mental capacity assessments (practical demonstrations);
- best-interest meetings (practical demonstrations);
- delirium and depression in people with dementia;
- risk taking in people with dementia;
- sexual expression in people with dementia;
- palliative care emergencies;
- care of residents with Parkinson’s disease who are approaching the end of life.
Steps to Success evidence and portfolio days
We are running a series of study days for those care homes that are implementing the Steps to Success end-of-life care tool and would like to complete their evidence folder and be certified by St Christopher’s Hospice.
They will also be relevant for those homes wanting to maintain the Steps programme and be re-certified.
Affiliated Care Home Partners are provided withsupport to set up and implement ECHO, a community of learning linking several care homes in each borough. Using a hub-and-spoke model, care home staff are facilitated to present real cases for discussion and learning. The ECHO team is based in the Learning Hub at St Christopher’s Hospice, but works closely with clinical nurse specialists and other members of the wider multidisciplinary team. The curricula for educational sessions are decided by care homes.
Affiliated Care Home Partners have access to up-to-date information and advice on apprenticeships and workforce development initiatives in vocational qualifications via St Christopher’s Information Hub.
Affiliated Care Home Partners are entitled to discounts on courses run by St Christopher’s Learning Hub.
Please view our range of accredited and non-accredited education and training related to the care of people in the last phase of life. These include, among many others:
- Nurse verification of expected death
- Advance care planning
- Namaste Care programme training
- Award in Awareness of End of Life Care –City & Guilds Level 2 and 3 for support workers
- Award in Awareness of Dementia (With Added Learning on Long-Term Conditions and Frailty) –City & Guilds Level 3 for support workers
- Challenging Conversations for Registered Nurses
Registered Managers’ Network meetings
St Christopher’s Hospice is continuing to run Registered Managers’ Network meetings in conjunction with Skills for Care. These are available for all care homes, regardless of whether they are an Affiliated Care Home Partner.
Information on Wolfson Bursaries for care home staff
Wolfson bursaries for care home staff (funded by the Wolfson Foundation) are available to help care homes improve the quality of care given to residents, carers and families/loved ones. The Hospice UK website contains further information.
*Affiliation is not a Quality Mark but a term to describe care homes that are working with St Christopher’s Hospice who provides education on end-of-life care and dementia. The new Affiliated Care Home Partner Service Level Agreement (SLA) replaces the previous SLA system.