Overview of the Gold Standards Framework conference

by Jackie Booth
Head of Service Design (East, London & South)

Jackie BoothThe great thing about having a Marie Curie Service Development stand at an event like the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) conference is the fact that you get to find out what people think about us and what we do, as well as discovering why they’re interested.

There were representatives attending the conference from a wide variety of organisations. Care homes were particularly well recognised as part of the conference and, therefore, well represented, as well as commissioners, IT specialists, palliative care nurses and education leads.

We've a variety of publications as part of the Service Development portfolio – “we know about end of life care”, “managed care” and “understanding the cost of end of life care” to name a few.  But the ones which were best received were the Marie Curie End of Life Care Atlas and the Nuffield Trust Report. People stopping by the stand were keen to hear about the data available and accessible to them through the Atlas in addition to the evidence of quality of our services. From a commissioners point of view this information is invaluable and one in particular said, “we always need to know more about the people we’re commissioning services for to make sure it's cost effective as well as providing a quality service.”

At the afternoon workshops there were interesting discussions around how to identify barriers and challenges to achieving choice in place of care and death and the Delivering Choice Programme in Lincolnshire was highlighted as an example of best practice for co-ordination of care packages and partnership working. It’s good to know its works as well in Manchester as it does in Lincolnshire.

Overall it was an excellent event; the GSF is a wonderful tool. It is positive to see it applied effectively in so many different settings and really making a difference to the quality of life, the care and, importantly,  the experience of patients, carers and families.