Four local care homes have been re-accredited with the prestigious Gold Standards Framework (GSF) in Care Homes Quality Hallmark Award in recognition of the high quality care they provide to people nearing the end of life.
The GSF is a systematic, evidence-based approach to help ensure that care home residents approaching the end of their lives are receiving the care they want where they want it. The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) in Care Homes Training Programme is also reducing the number of inappropriate hospital admissions, increasing the numbers of residents dying in their preferred place, their care home, whilst delivering significant savings to the NHS at the same time. Supported by the Advance Care Planning Team based at Willowbrook Hospice, staff from Appleby Court Nursing Home (Knowsley), Parr Care Home and Stocks Hall (St Helens) and St Luke’s Nursing Home (Runcorn) have worked tirelessly to achieve re-accreditation by maintaining systems and procedures to ensure every resident receives the best possible end of life care in line with their individual needs. The Awards were originally presented at the Bi-Annual GSFCH Award Ceremony in London on Friday 30 September but were recognised locally at The End of Life Care Forum at Willowbrook-The Living Well on 13 October.                                                              

Neil Wright, Chief Executive of Willowbrook Hospice said: “I’d like to congratulate the staff in all four care homes in achieving re-accreditation of the Gold Standard Framework. The development of the GSF, and its use within care homes, has helped to establish a nationally recognised standard for end of life care and helps demonstrates that services such as care homes are delivering person-centred care.”