Our Projects and Partnerships

Projects and partnerships

Here at St Luke’s we believe that end of life care should be readily accessible and available to all, wherever you may be. We work in partnership with a variety of local organisations to create ambassadors for end of life care to improve the quality of end of life care in that community. Some of current projects are listed below. To find out more or if you would like to get involved with any of our projects then please get in touch.

Our work with homeless communities

What do we do?

We work alongside a number of partner organisations in the city that are providing support for the homeless. We will train staff and volunteers to recognise when the physical condition and behaviour of a homeless person is deteriorating and that end of life may be approaching. This programme is free to those who work or volunteer within the homeless community and enables them to become end of life ambassadors.

What does the programme contain?

The programme will cover the following topics:

  • Recognising end of life care in the homeless population
  • Primary causes of death in homeless population
  • End of life discussions with hostel residents
  • Planning ahead for end of life care
  • Information on drugs and alcohol in end of life care
  • Understanding the impact of loss
  • Bereavement support for residents and staff
  • Spiritual care in end of life care

Upon completion of the course, ambassadors will:

  • Be able to recognise that someone may be at end of life
  • Be able to signpost to end of life services and support
  • Hold supportive conversations
  • Support people general well being through compassion

Find out more?

For more information, bookings or provisional bookings, please contact St Luke’s education team on 01752 964250 or email education@stlukes-hospice.org.uk.

Our work with learning disabilities

What do we do?

We are working in partnership with Health and Social Care Services, Learning Disabilities Board (Service Users) and Commissioners within Plymouth and the surrounding areas to achieve a person-centred end of life care strategy for individuals with learning disabilities.

What does the programme contain?

The programme includes partnership work alongside local organisations and care agencies, responding to the need for equality and choice for individuals with learning disabilities at end of life.

We are currently working with:

Plymouth People First

Livewell Southwest – Community Learning Disabilities Team

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust – Learning Disabilities Team

Durnford Society

Two Trees Care Homes

Honeybourne Care Home

Plymouth City Council

NHS NEW Devon CCG

The partnership programme responds to local need but primarily has three key work streams:

  • Influencing Health and Social Care Commissioning Strategy
  • Implementing an Integrated Care Pathway
  • Educational/workforce development and raising public awareness.

Through working together as a partnership, an end of life steering group has been created. As a result of the steering group, a future end of life care plan document for individuals with learning disabilities has been launched. The visually-driven booklet supports people to think, talk about and write down how and where they would like to be cared for in the future. It also helps to inform future decision making if they are not in a position to either make and/or communicate their health or social care choices at a later date.

Find out more?

For more information on the programme, please contact St Luke’s education team on 01752 964250 or email education@stlukes-hospice.org.uk.

Resources and downloads can be found here.

Patient Centred Leadership

What do we do?

Our Patient Centred Leadership project is run by the St Luke’s crisis team and aims to bring together friends and relatives of a patient and encourages them to become joint coordinators of end of life care. The project has initially been rolled out in rural communities in East Cornwall.

What does the programme contain?

The pilot includes a two day programme for the nurses, which will provide them with the knowledge and expertise to challenge current end of life care practices, breaking down the barriers that can potentially fragment care. The nurses themselves will be acting as role models, providing support and identifying the skills and development needs of the communities so that everyone involved feels that they have the strength and ability to respond to the needs of the dying person and carer.

The project will enable the nurses to:

  • Challenge accepted practices which prevent joined up care for the patient by breaking down the barriers that can fragment care.
  • Increasing levels of death literacy within the wider community.
  • Explore and use co-participation approaches such as effective eco mapping to identify and mobilise skills within carer networks to enhance patient care and choice.
  • Contribute to the development of a Patient Centred Leadership course which will seek to empower patients/carers and challenge paternalistic approaches to care.
  • Empower the team to fully support informal caring networks, acting as a role model for others.

Find out more?

For more information please contact St Luke’s education team on 01752 964250 or email education@stlukes-hospice.org.uk.