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St Luke's Six Steps for Quality End of Life Care

St Luke's Hospice Plymouth believes that no one should die alone, in pain or distress.

How someone is cared for at the end of their life can remain with relatives and loved ones for a long time so it is important to get the care right. All staff who care for people at end of life should be trained with the knowledge and skills to ensure that the end of life care people receive, maintains their dignity, choice and comfort. People should be able to die in a place of their choosing and their end of life wishes should be known by those caring for them.

St Luke's Hospice Plymouth have been providing training to local care homes and domiciliary care agencies. The Six Steps + programme does not hold any inspectorate authority such as the CQC, so does not monitor or regulate day to day care, however it can verify that at least two members of staff have successfully completed the training, to become End of Life Champions.

Their role is to promote end of life care best practice within the home or care agency and to ensure End of Life Policies are in line with the Six Steps + Criteria. To maintain the Six Steps + verification the care home/agency are required to verify annually that they have kept these policies and standards up to date.

To find out more about the Six Steps + Criteria read the documents that are available in the download section.

Six Steps + Verified end of life care providers

Residential and Care Homes

Nursing and Care Homes

Domiciliary Care 

Supported Services for Adults with a Learning Disability

Other helpful Information about End of Life Care

It is important that people know what your end of life choices and wishes are, this is called Advanced Care Planning and can include decisions about treatments you definitely do not want to have. But this can only happen if families and carers begin to talk to each other about the way they would like to be cared for at the end of their life.

Read about starting the End of Life conversation

For queries about the six steps programme or any other training workshops/courses please contact the St Luke's Education Team on 01752 314350.

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