Marie Curie backs training initiative

Lothian care workers receive certificates from Councillors Jim Bryant (far left) and Sandy Howat (far right).
Lothian care workers receive certificates from Councillors Jim Bryant (far left) and Sandy Howat (far right).

Lothian social care teams have been undertaking a new Marie Curie palliative training programme in a partnership with the local authorities.

The improvements in care for care home residents and those who receive care in their own homes was celebrated at a recent event.

The Lothian Care Assistant Development Programme is already benefiting people living with a terminal illness in their own homes and Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian and Midlothian care homes.

This has helped avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and people are receiving the best quality care and support no matter where they are looked after.

More than 360 social care staff have been trained to date, enabling people to receive palliative and end of life care and to die in their place of choice, such as their care home or home.

The training is one of the projects from the Lothian Palliative Care Redesign Programme, a Marie Curie collaboration with all four local authorities and various education providers in Lothian.

The online and one-day face-to-face training is improving confidence, knowledge and skills of local authority care home and home care staff.

It also provides mentor support from Marie Curie health and social care professionals.

Councillor Jim Bryant (SNP), the carers representative for Midlothian Council, said: “I was delighted to attend the event and to hear more about the Lothian palliative care redesign programme.

“I’m sure the opportunity for people with a terminal illness to spend more time in the place where they choose to be cared for will be an enormous comfort for them.

“The new programme will also reduce emergency admissions, which is also to be welcomed.”

Following the official programme launch event at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, Lyndsay Cassidy, the Marie Curie programme manager, said: “The benefit of this programme to local families living with terminal illness are already being felt which is heartening to see. Marie Curie has been campaigning for everyone in the healthcare of people with a terminal illness to undertake practice-based palliative care training as part of their continuing professional development.

“We are pleased that the Scottish Government has committed to this in their Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care. By building the confidence and skills of health and social care teams we are seeing health and social care integration at its best and most effective.”