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March 2016

Gold Standards Framework

St Elmo Care Home strikes gold for the Quality Care Group.

A Hampshire care home dedicated to providing the best possible care for all of its residents right up until the end of their lives, has been recognised with a major national award.

St Elmo Care Home, in Ringwood, was among 80 homes from across the UK to achieve the success in winning a Quality Hallmark Award for the first, second or third time from the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre, the UK’s largest provider of training in end of life care. Staff from the home will receive the award from Karen Allen, Chief Executive of Skills for Care, at a special ceremony in Birmingham on 8 April.


To be accredited, homes must achieve 20 quality standards, ranging from leadership and support to dignity and respect as well as submit a portfolio of evidence.

GSF Quality Hallmark Awards are presented to homes that demonstrate real improvement in the quality of care they provide. Many halve the number of their residents dying in hospital as well as halving crisis hospital admissions, leading to greater satisfaction for families, residents and staff and significant cost savings for the NHS.

Sharon Allen, Chief Executive of Skills for Care, presented the awards at a special ceremony in Birmingham. She said: “A skilled, confident and capable workforce is at the heart of high quality, person-centred care. This is crucially important for the sensitive provision of end of life care, which is why Skills for Care sets the standards for, and endorses those learning and development providers and programmes that demonstrate they meet these standards.

“We are delighted that GSF is one of a growing number of endorsed providers. By proving that they have embedded the skills learned in the GSF training, these homes have demonstrated that they are at the forefront of excellent end of life care.”

Everyone in the home, ranging from nurses to the activities coordinator and catering staff, is involved in regular reviews with the residents. All aspects of their lives are considered including spiritual beliefs, personal interests and care preferences. Staff talk to the residents about their end of life care, giving them the opportunity to make decisions and say what they want. This has helped the residents and their families feel secure that they will be comfortable and their preferences considered at all times.

Professor Keri Thomas GSF Clinical Director, praised St Elmo Care Home and said that it was an exemplar for delivering the type of quality care people crave and deserve as they approach the end of their lives.

“Staff in homes like St Elmo Care Home are the drivers of a real transformation in care homes – delivering the personalised care people that makes such a difference to care home residents and their families,” said Prof Thomas.

Almost 3,000 care homes have completed the GSF Care Homes programme since it was launched in 2004 and 600 have gone on to become accredited.


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