Research Team: Professor Barbara Jack, Professor Mary O’Brien, Karen Kinloch
Partners/Stakeholders: Queenscourt Hospice Southport, Marie Curie Institute Liverpool, Cheshire End of Life Partnership and Cheshire & Merseyside Palliative & End of Life Care Network
Good quality and compassionate palliative and end of life care is dependent on care workers who feel confident in their ability to meet patient needs. A workforce scoping study carried out by Cheshire & Merseyside Palliative & End of Life Care Network Education Strategy Group (2014), identified that palliative care and end of life care practitioners and facilitators have the skills and expertise to carry out their jobs, however many felt that they could benefit from some education around teaching and sharing their skills and knowledge. The Educator Development Programme was therefore established to provide a starting point for educator development.
Aimed at Palliative Care Nurse Specialists, Specialist Allied Health Professionals, Hospice / Specialist Palliative Care Unit Clinical Staff and End of Life Care Facilitators who are required to educate as part of their role, the 12 month programme will run at three sites across Cheshire and Merseyside from 2016 until 2018
The research team, based in the Evidence-based Practice Research Centre at Edge Hill University were invited to undertake the evaluation by the Cheshire & Merseyside Palliative & End Of Life Care Network Education Strategy Group, to assess the impact on both the health care professionals who attended the course and on their clinical practice.
The Edge Hill evaluation will report on these outcomes following the completion of the first cohort from each site in June 2017.
“Skilling, supporting and empowering specialist palliative and end of life care clinical staff to educate others, formally in the classroom and informally at point of care, as an integral part of their role”
Dr Karen Groves. Medical & Education Director, Queenscourt Hospice