Gold Standards Framework

Gold Standards Framework

The Gold Standard Framework was originally developed in 2000 by Dr Keri Thomas, a UK GP with a special interest in palliative care, as a grassroots initiative to improve primary palliation in dying patients.

It was first piloted in Yorkshire in 2001, followed by a national phased programme supported by the NHS, Macmillan and more recently the DH End of Life Care Programme. Integral to the GSK are internal and external evaluations—initially via questionnaires, now via an online After Death Analysis audit tool—and independent University based evaluations, which further developed the work. National dissemination was via a cascade plan with the Central Team supporting local facilitators, enabling implementation of the work, overseeing training and audit plus developing adaptations and resources. The GSF has expanded to meet the challenge of end of life care in the NHS End of Life Care Strategy (England) and in health and social care in the rest of the UK, which has sparked international pilots in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Belgium, Holland etc. The initiative is now based at the National GSF Centre in the West Midlands.
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Rosaleen, who lives in Meltham with husband Mel - a retired history teacher and professional musician - will continue to use her expertise with the national Gold Standards Framework.
Deputy manager has been instrumental in rolling out the Gold Standards Framework across the care home.
The Thompson Street 47-bed home facility, has landed the honour from the Gold Standards Framework, a national organisation which promotes excellence in endof-life care.
Guidance from clinicians employed by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust allowed Burlam Road Nursing Home, in Acklam, to become only the fourth across Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland to gain the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Care Home accreditation.
The programme will build on existing initiatives inc luding the Macmillan Cancer Relief national gold standards framework, which provides guidance for GPs and cancer specialists caring for the terminally ill.
Burlam Road Nursing Home in Acklam is only the fourth one across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland who have gained the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Care Home accreditation award.
They were recognised at the national Gold Standards Framework For Care Homes training programme (GSFCH) aims for 'gold' standard care to be provided.
To assess someone's need for hospice care, the United Kingdom Gold Standards Framework recommends asking the question "Would you be surprised if this patient died within the next year?
The Gold Standards Framework is a training programme for care homes that was developed in England in Primary care for GPs and District Nursing teams.
The audit is run by Omega, The National Association for End of Life Care and the National Gold Standards Framework Centre in partnership with the NHS End of Life Care Programme.
The NHS has been committed to care for dying patients with its End of Life Care Programme (2004-2007), which has contributed to the roll-out of programmes such as the Gold Standards Framework (GSF), the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) and Preferred Priorities For Care (PPC) [7-12].
Any other care homes interested in signing up for the should contact the Gold Standards Framework Team on 01743 291895.