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Care UK care home receives gift of gold for Christmas

December 23rd 2009

St. Vincent’s House, a 92 bed nursing home based in Hammersmith, has been awarded 'Gold Standard' accreditation by the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) for the high quality end of life care it provides. Only 26 homes nationally have been ‘commended’ this year and St. Vincent’s will be the first home within Care UK to have gained such recognition.

The team at St. Vincent’s House wanted to deliver a high standard of care to all clients, looking at their care right up until the end of their lives. All staff, from management through to ancillary staff, have been involved and participated in a huge amount of training in ‘end of life care’ over a 15 month period.

To qualify for accreditation, care homes must have undertaken the full GSF Training Programme over nine months, embedded this into their homes for at least six months and then undertaken a rigorous, internationally recognised, accreditation process 'Going for Gold’.

There are many benefits of being accredited. The GSF Training Programme aims to improve the organisation and the quality of care for residents in the last years of life, to improve collaboration with GPs and others and to reduce avoidable hospital admissions.

Kevin Henry, Home Manager of St. Vincent’s House said: “We have worked extremely hard over the last 15 months to achieve excellent partnerships with the local hospice, NHS and Imperial College Hospital London. The home now has more professional input and therefore offers a much higher level of care services.”

Tony Weedon, Director of Operations of Care UK's Residential Care Services said: “We’re delighted – this award really demonstrates that the care we provide is of the highest standard.”

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