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Spilsby Surgery is delighted to become only the second GP practice in Lincolnshire to receive a Quality Hallmark Award from the National Gold Standards Framework Centre.

Dr O’Kelly said “Caring for people as they approach the end of their life is a humbling and incredibly rewarding experience and is also one of the most important aspects of care that we provide as GPs. We are passionate about providing the best care we can for our patients, particularly in the final months of their life. Ensuring our patients have a ‘good’ death is really important to their families. Gold Standards Framework (GSF) has really helped us to have a good structure in place and given everyone in the practice the confidence to initiate what can be difficult conversations with people about where and how they want to be cared for and that means everyone feels more in control.”

GSF gives outstanding training to all those providing end of life care to ensure better lives for people and recognised standards of care. It is the largest national programme to help improve care for patients approaching the end of life, helping health and social care professionals provide coordinated, personalised care for patients and their families and reduces hospital admissions. Helping clinicians identify patients approaching the last year of life is one of the key components of the GSF training. Having identified these patients, nurses and doctors can then engage them and their families in conversations about their care preferences.

The Quality Hallmark Award reflects the strong working relationship that the Surgery has established with our Community Nursing, Macmillan, St. Barnabas’ Hospice at Home and Marie Curie colleagues.

Spilsby Surgery is also working closely with three local care homes, helping them provide the best possible care for their residents as they approach the end of their lives.

It’s not just patients that have benefited; the team at Spilsby has significantly increased the number of carers whose needs it assesses offered bereavement support and information.

Professor Keri Thomas, Clinical Director of the National GSF Centre, said: “Spilsby Surgery has demonstrated a real passion for providing quality care for its patients who are approaching the end of their lives, most importantly helping those patients live their final months in the place and manner of their choosing.”


For more information please visit the GSF website here