Belong Warrington achieves gold standard

Belong Warrington has passed rigorous assessment of its standards of end of life care to achieve Gold Standards Framework (GSF) accreditation by the national organisation responsible for training and quality standards in the sector.

The village was awarded the Quality Hallmark Award by GSF for demonstrating excellence in care standards and showcasing evidence-based best practice in end of life and palliative care. And in their report, assessors praised Belong’s village model of care as conducive to high standards, citing its six 24-hour care households, with dedicated teams, offering both nursing and specialist dementia care.

Inspectors observed that end-of-life care plans were tailored to individual needs, and there was also endorsement of the use of technology to improve standards of care, namely the introduction of handheld computers for record keeping, which enable staff to spend more time with residents.

Janine Curwell, general manager at Belong Warrington, said: “We are absolutely delighted to attain the GSF Quality Hallmark Award. It’s an indicator to anyone who may require end of life care that they can count on our procedures to make what can be a very difficult time, easier and more comfortable for them, and for their families. Thanks should go to all the staff for their sustained commitment to maintaining the standards that have resulted in this recognition.”

The National GSF Centre in End of Life Care is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise Community Interest Company providing training and support to enable frontline staff to provide the highest standards of care.. GSF improves the quality, coordination and organisation of care, leading to better patient outcomes in line with their needs and preferences.

Staff from Belong Warrington will receive their accreditation at an awards ceremony on 28th September at the Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London.