Elizabeth Finn Homes Grove Court, Woodbridge, Suffolk and Halliwell in Tunbridge Wells, Kent have just completed their re-accreditation with the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre in End of Life Care, and as a result of their continued excellent performance, have been awarded the prestigious Platinum status, which is held by only a handful of care homes in the UK.
To qualify for accreditation, care homes must have undertaken the full GSF training programme over 9 months, embedded this into their homes for at least 6 months and then undertaken a rigorous accreditation process: ‘Going for Gold’.
The accreditation process includes:
- Assessment against 20 clear standards of best practice
- Reviewing the care of residents using the After Death Analysis Audit Tool
- Quality Assessment Visit – reviewing the integration of the processes into everyday practice.
To achieve Accreditation a home must achieve at least 84% of the standards, which includes 4 vital standards. To attain Commend status a home must show innovative and established good practice in at least six of the 20 standards.
To be recognised as a Beacon (the highest level), a home must show innovative and established good practice across at least 12 of the standards. GSF wanted to celebrate the sustained excellent practice of care homes that have embedded GSF in their core working practices. In acknowledgment of this, homes that achieve re-accreditation will now be known as GSF Platinum homes.
An extract from one of the reports reads:
“The Leadership team are passionate about GSF and ensuring that residents and their loved ones get high quality care from the minute they have contact with the home to bereavement. The passion from the team is reflected in the passion of the staff.”
Liz Clements, Elizabeth Finn Homes’ Palliative Care Lead comments:
“Across the entire portfolio of ten homes, Elizabeth Finn Homes has always sought to fully embrace excellence in End of Life Care. Along with dedicated Group resource, each of our General Managers and staff are constantly seeking to maintain very high standards, this achievement in two of our homes fully evidences this.”