Six Steps to Success

The Six Steps to Success Programme is an end of life care quality improvement programme for care homes.  It was conceived in the north of England and has been implemented in various regions nationally. The programme is underpinned by the six steps of the pathway laid out in the National End of Life Care Strategy (2008) and supports care homes to fulfil the end of life support needs detailed in Part 2 of the CQC Essential Standards of Quality and Safety.

The North Hampshire Six Steps to Success Programme is being funded by NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is managed by St. Michael's Hospice. The programme runs for ten months and covers:

  1. Discussions as the end of life approaches
  2. Assessment, care planning and review
  3. Co-ordination of care
  4. Delivery of high quality care in care homes
  5. Care in the last days of life
  6. Care after death

There are now 17 care homes in North Hampshire accredited with the Six Steps quality framework and funding has been secured from the CCG to continue the programme for another 12 months.

You can read the latest Newsletter here.

An episode of the BBC's 2014 Reith lectures, given by Dr Atul Gawande (surgeon, author and public health researcher), is particularly relevant to the Six Steps programme. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here

For more information, please contact St. Michael’s Hospice.