Six steps to better care in Bury

Bury Staff were commended by the Mayor after completing a 12 month course to improve end of life care for adults with learning disabilities.

Bury LD six stepsStaff from the Bury Learning Disability Team and Bury Supported Living Service have successfully completed the Six Steps Programme, an education package that aims to support the care people in the last 12 months of their life.

Those who successfully completed Six Steps were presented with certificates by Mike Connolloy, Mayor of Bury, and his consort, Ian Hargreaves, during a dedicated visit to Bury Hospice.

The training is run by Patsy Gibson, Pennine Care’s End of Life and Six Steps Facilitator. It helps staff to recognise when someone may be terminally ill and helps to inform people of their choices; whether it’s to be cared for at home, in a hospice or hospital.

The programme is based around six steps that are vital in improving end of life care.  These cover a range of important issues; including making sure the wishes of the person and their loved ones are known, planning and delivering co-ordinated care that meets the person’s needs, and offering support to the family after the person has died.

This supports staff to be more confident and empowered to give appropriate care, reducing the risk of people having to be inappropriately admitted to hospital at the end of their life.

Carolyn Brennan, Learning Disabilities Associate Directorate Manager, said: “By working with Patsy, staff have developed the skills and education needed to ensure people with learning disabilities receive the very best end of life care.

“I would like to congratulate all the staff who have completed Six Steps on their hard work and achievement.”