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Applications open soon for next PFCC ‘Living Well to the Very End’ cohort

18 January 2017

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Are you looking to make tangible improvements to how patients are cared for at the end of life? Do you want to create an environment in which staff feel confident having end-of-life care conversations around patient’s wishes and working with them?

Following the success of the 2016 ‘Living Well to the Very End’ cohort, The Point of Care Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its second cohort for this programme.

We are recruiting 20 multidisciplinary clinical teams from healthcare provider organisations across the UK to participate in this next phase.

The ‘Living Well to the Very End’ programme focuses on the care of people at the end of life, drawing on the patient and family centred care (PFCC) methodology. It is supported by the Health Foundation and uses an evidence-based and radical approach to improve the way in which care is delivered.

There has never been a greater focus on patients’ experience as a key component of quality, and this methodology recognises this. The cornerstone of the method is patient shadowing, which gives staff a unique insight into the experiences of patients and families, helping organisations to identify which areas of care need improving as a matter of priority and thereby driving the urgency for change.

As one participant said, “Standing from the outside in you see things you wouldn’t notice from the inside out.

The programme will give you the opportunity to deliver tangible change within your organisation – changes which will not only improve the standard of care that your patients receive, but will also increase the sense of value felt by yourself and your team as a result of delivering better care.

If you are committed to transforming patients’ experience in order to provide end-of-life care which is truly patient-centred, then this programme will appeal to you. The programme will give you and your team the opportunity to take ownership over the improvements which matter most, to take the lead and to be an exemplar in end-of-life care.

If this sounds like the improvement project for you, then register your interest now.

We will be accepting applications from 24 February 2017. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2017.

Applicant teams should work in a generalist setting, though their work can be supported and/or guided by palliative care specialists within the multidisciplinary team. We welcome applications from NHS providers of acute, community and primary care, as well as non-NHS providers of health and social care.

For an idea of what the application form will require, download the 2016 form.

For full details of the programme, download the information pack.

If you would like an informal discussion about the programme, please get in touch with Sophie Lansdowne, Senior Programmes Officer: Quality Improvement.