Implementing End of Life Care training in care homes: an evaluation of a pilot study in the East of England

Andrea Mayrhofer, Claire Goodman, Melanie Handley, Nigel Smeeton, Sarah Amador, Susan Davies

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Background:The majority of long term care for older people in the UK is provided by independent care providers. Whilst many care home staff are experienced in caring for frail and elderly individuals there exists a need for training in the area of End of Life Care (EoL Care).
Aim: To conduct and independent evaluation of the Train the Trainer (TTT) EoL Care Education Programme, which was a NHS led intervention that offered training modules pertaining to communication around death and dying, advance care planning, symptom assessment and management, and understanding a carer’s role in liaising with service providers.
Methods: The evaluation included 17 care homes, followed 274 residents for a period of three months, reviewed 150 decedents’ notes, carried out interviews with staff, and conducted focus groups with trainers and learners.
Findings: Whilst findings indicate that training was appreciated and well received, there was variation in its uptake due to managerial change, staff turnover, on-site nursing, previous training in EoL care, trainers’ professional roles, and the authority and/or opportunities for training which such roles conferred.
Conclusion: Care home readiness at the organisational level and the practitioner level was a key influence on the uptake of EoL Care training and education. It might be useful to assess care homes for their readiness to participate in a training programme prior to committing staff time in order to optimise training impact on patient outcomes
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014
EventBritish Society of Gerontology 43rd Annual Conference - University of Southampton , Southampton , United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sept 20143 Sept 2014


ConferenceBritish Society of Gerontology 43rd Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • End of life care, care home, education, training


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