The LWPA is a voluntary organisation that promotes Advance Care Planning; a key way of improving care for people as they near the end of life by recording their needs and preferences to ensure the care they receive meets their wishes.
It identified the need to establish a programme of learning to improve support available to those nearing the end of life. Through the UK Department of Trade and Industry, LWPA approached St Christopher’s Education Centre, based in South London, for guidance and expertise.
Together, they have designed a strategy of learning for senior clinicians in China which builds on St Christopher’s expertise and focuses on delivering expert and compassionate end of life care that can be rolled out across the country.
To mark the start of this partnership, representatives from the LWPA met at St Christopher’s on Thursday 7 April to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
St Christopher’s aims to work closely with senior clinicians in China to empower them to deliver culturally appropriate education and training using a ‘train the trainer’ model. The hospice will also provide additional learning and ongoing support online.
Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive at St Christopher’s, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the LWPA and clinicians in China to develop skilled and compassionate end of life care of the highest quality.
“At St Christopher’s our vision is of a world where all dying people and those closest to them have access to the care and support they need, when and wherever they need it.
“By working with other healthcare professionals around the globe, such as our partners in China, we hope to make this vision a reality and we very much look forward to leading this exciting project.”
For information on the education programmes available at St Christopher’s please visit their website.