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 training local care homes and domiciliary care agencies in how to provide good end of life care. The programme is called the Six Steps Programme, as there are six key steps that an organisation has to complete to pass the course and receive the St Luke's Six Step award. Their award is reviewed every year to ensure that the standards are maintained.
To find out more about the Six Steps Standards read the documents that are available in the download section.
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.