Extra training for ambulance crews means the sick can stay at home for their final days

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Specialist training for ambulance crews means more people can stay at home for palliative care towards the end of their life. 
Each month aorund 80 to 100 people in Beds who are facing their final days now get support through a healthcare partnership between the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) and Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support (PEPS).

Senior locality manager for the East of England Ambulance Service in North Bedfordshire Clive Goodson said: “We are delighted to be working with Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and PEPS on this scheme. It is encouraging that the figures already show that patients in Bedfordshire are benefiting and we will continue to train staff in the scheme and help more patients get the best level of end of life care and support.”

The co-ordinated palliative care scheme, backed by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) started in January 2014 and co-ordinates patient care after a crisis.

It can often prevent an emergency admission to hospital and also gives patients a choice in their care wherever possible.

The advanced training includes recognising dying, advanced care planning which includes the wishes of the patient, discussing death and dying, breaking bad news and palliative care emergencies as well as understanding safety, legal and ethical considerations.

PEPS manager Tracy Haddock said: “The positive outcomes of the training that EEAST have received in end of life care has had a direct impact on patient care. Working in partnership with the ambulance service, PEPS are receiving regular calls from EEAST. During the last 12 months, 738 patients (62%) of those registered with the PEPS Service have been able to achieve their end of life preference of remaining in their normal place of residence”.