WORKFORCE: An audit of the knowledge of staff taking part in an end-of-life care project at the foundation has revealed “significant gaps in staff knowledge associated with advanced care planning, prognostication and preferred patient choice”, a report to its latest board shows.

The briefing, on plans for improving end-of-life care at WTHFT, states that the foundation is currently carrying out a pilot project on one ward, aimed at identifying patients approaching the end of their lives.

This work be used to help the acute provider “begin to develop a register of patients who have been identified as approaching the end of life, who have been admitted to hospital”, it explains.

It adds: “An audit of the educational needs of the staff participating in this pilot has been undertaken. The results from the audit have revealed significant gaps in staff knowledge associated with advanced care planning, prognostication and preferred patient choice. This has informed the training needs analysis and will enable the End of Life Care Facilitator to target the educational requirements of the staff.”

Later, the paper notes: “The Trust has been invited to apply for additional funding to support the delivery of education for end of life care. If successful in the application, the money would be spent on an End of Life Care Facilitator based here at the Trust to deliver this education and training.”