Six Steps + programme

Become an End of Life Care Champion

The Six Steps + Programme is a series of workshops developed by the St Luke’s education team for care homes and agencies. It’s designed as a toolkit for providing quality end of life care that meets CQC (Care Quality Commission) end of life essential standards. As an End of Life Care Champion, there will be an ongoing commitment to share the knowledge and skills from the Six Steps + Programme with peers and colleagues.

How is the course delivered?

The course is run as nine four hour workshops delivered over six months, followed by a three month consolidation period to allow embedding of learning and completion of assessment criteria (via case study/portfolio)  The course is currently being delivered virtually via Zoom but hope to offer face to face programme in Autumn if Covid Safe to do so. 

How can it help you?

Individual End of Life Care Champions will be presented with a personal certificate and are invited to an end of life forum twice a year to keep updated. Organisations who have two End of Life Care Champions within their setting, and who meet the organisational criteria, will receive a plaque and certificate from St Luke’s showing they have met the standards of the programme. If Plymouth based, they will be added to the Plymouth Online Directory by Plymouth City Council. This will be reviewed yearly where the End of Life Champions will demonstrate they are maintaining the standards against the reverification organisational criteria.

The Six Steps programme does not hold any inspectorate authority such as that held by 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 and that the policies and procedures in place are in line with the Six Steps End of Life Care criteria. If the care home/agencies do not reverify annually that they have kept these policies and standards up to date then the Six Steps Verification status is discontinued.

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