Social care champions: Engaging with social work colleagues in statutory services and working in collaboration in the end of life and palliative aspects of their role

Written by Kevin Chesters, Social Work Team Manager, Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Following participation in the Social Care Champions Workshop held at Loros Hospice in 2014, the social work team at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice started to look at producing an action plan to try and achieve some of the specific goals from the Framework for Social Care at End of Life. This work mainly focused on improving collaborative working with colleagues in adult social care services and linking them into training and education to help improve their knowledge, skills and abilities in supporting people at the end of life.

Progress was slow at first and initial attempts to identify and engage with the leads for education and training for social workers weren’t productive. We feared that our efforts were beginning to reflect some of the concerns raised at the workshops that there was low motivation and disillusionment amongst the social care workforce and no willingness on the part of social work management to fund training for social workers. We persisted though and in 2016 palliative care social worker Jackie Rutter was able to arrange a meeting with the training and development lead for a local partnership NHS trust. The aim of the meeting was to explore and identify a realistic plan to forge stronger links between them and the hospice. A proposal was put forward to facilitate a three day teaching programme to be delivered by lecturing staff within the education department and social workers at the hospice for social care colleagues who showed an interest in end of life and palliative care.

Course aims were for the participants to have a greater understanding of palliative and end of life care, including holistic assessment and communication skills for end of life, the role of social work in end of life and palliative care and for them to be able to relate these to their own areas of professional practice.

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Social Care Champions blog – Kevin Chesters