Our recent poster, displayed at the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care annual conference, provides an update on where we are with our palliative and end of life care work.
Find out more about Anticipatory Care Planning at myacp.scot
The latest Anticipatory Care Planning: Time To Make It Happen event took place on 16th November at the Royal College of Surgeons with participants from across the health and social care sector.
This was the second of three interactive workshops in which delegates learn about the emerging examples of good practice and help influence the future development of Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) across Scotland.
It was another busy day comprising three plenaries, three breakout sessions, and four updates from the tests of change highlighted at the first meeting.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Diane Murray (Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government)
Dr Stuart Cumming (National Clinical Lead, Anticipatory Care Planning)
Janette Barrie (National Clinical Lead, Anticipatory Care Planning)
Sheila Steel (Associate Improvement Advisor, Anticipatory Care Planning)
Diane started proceedings with a personal story on the power of why, and the ways ACP matters to her. Stuart and Janette introduced the work so far, what’s progressed and looked to the future. All three providing a reminder that:
Anticipatory care is about people of all ages. Anticipatory care is everyone’s business.
This post was written by Laura Dobie, the Living Well in Communities Knowledge and Information Skills Specialist. You can follow Laura on Twitter at @LauraKnowledge.
On Friday 21st October I went along to Scottish Care’s new models of care workshop. It was a really interesting day filled with discussions on the future of care delivery, which highlighted examples of innovation and good practice in care from across Scotland – and further afield.
Legislative and policy context
Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, facilitated the workshop discussions and gave a summary of the myriad policy publications and legislation which are having an impact on the care sector:
- The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014
- Audit Scotland’s forthcoming review of self-directed support.
- The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, which is influencing partnership working.
- The Human Rights Act 1998, which is being used to challenge practice.
- The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which has already seen examples of local communities buying out care homes.
- The Mental Health 10-year strategy, in which older people’s mental health will be a priority.
- The Review of primary care out of hours services. What is the potential of care homes in meeting out of hours care needs?
- The National Clinical Strategy, with its emphasis on multidisciplinary teams and, where possible, co-location.
- The Palliative and End of Life Care strategic framework for action, which raises the issue of training for social care staff, who need to have an awareness of, and the ability to deliver, palliative and end of life care. How do we do this without over-medicalising care homes, which are people’s homes?
- The third dementia strategy has a focus on advanced dementia and palliative and end of life care.
- The National Care Standards.
There was also the uncertainty of Brexit, and the possible impact that it could have on staffing and funding. The National Living Wage implementation, NHS cost efficiencies, the reform of the care home contract, reform of care at home and housing support, reform of NHS boards and local government elections in May 2017 will all have an impact on the sector. Continue reading “Discussions from the Scottish Care New Models of Care workshop”
This post was written by Sara Turner, the Living Well in Communities Admin Officer. You can follow Sara on Twitter @turnersara99.
The day has come.
It’s something you have been planning (so much planning…) for weeks, if not months and it’s finally here!
For me, there’s usually a dash of excitement as you jump out of bed. Sometimes it’s the sleepless night, tossing and turning, panicking that you are going to sleep through your 3 alarms, or that you’ve forgotten something and need to get to the venue to put your mind at rest.
You have been hawk-like, watching Eventbrite, monitoring numbers and answering queries, making sure those registered have included all the relevant details, but most importantly spelt their name correctly.
The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care Annual Conference took place on 22nd September, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. In attendance, a range of people from palliative & end-of-life care and the health and social care sector (including of course Living Well in Communities).
This is a summary (and recording thanks to University of Glasgow’s End of Life team) of what went on during the day.
This year’s theme of Realistic Palliative Care was inspired by the CMO’s annual report: Realistic Medicine. The six point approach below is just as applicable to palliative care and quality of death.
Making the Case for Palliative Care in Times of Austerity
Professor Charles Normand, Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Dublin
What do people want? Less hassle. It is bad enough to be dying.
- Evaluation of palliative care is difficult and important, so better tools for assessing value and cost need to evolve. It’s impossible to have simple measures for complex activities with complex objectives.
- Early interventions can reduce costs and improve care, particularly for those with complex needs.
- Improving access when needed and reducing stress on informal carers are common themes stated in palliative care preferences.
- Those requiring care often have different goals and priorities than their families and carers.