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York GP Practice Priory Medical Group wins national award for providing outstanding palliative and end of life care

Priory Medical Group has been awarded a national Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Quality Hallmark Award for its delivery of end of life care during the pandemic. It has successfully achieved platinum status and second time re-accreditation with the GSF.

The Award will be given as part of the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Virtual Awards on 5th May, which recognises health and social care providers delivering quality care in the final year of life.

Priory Medical Group is one of 42 care homes, primary care, domiciliary care agency and hospitals which will receive the prestigious GSF quality hallmark across the country during the virtual ceremony.

The Gold Standards Framework Centre, provides expert training for frontline staff in health and social care, to enable a ‘gold standard’ of care for people nearing end of life.

Before the pandemic hit, GSF provided face-to-face workshops, but have successfully adapted and moved online to adhere to COVID-19 regulations. The training has been a huge success and has supported both families and patients to discuss end of life care planning and what matters to them at the end of life.

Dr Middleton, Partner at Priory Medical Group said: "At Priory Medical Group we are very proud of the end of life care we provide for our patients and to have achieved re-accreditation and platinum status with the GSF demonstrates the commitment of our staff to patients nearing the end of life. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone and we are pleased to have adapted and maintained our standards and level of care throughout the last few years."

Julie Armstrong-Wilson, Lead Nurse for GSF said: “Congratulations to all 12 organisations that have successfully achieved accreditation and reaccreditation. The last two years have posed some incredible challenges to the health and social care workforce, so we are very proud of all of our successful applicants that took the time to submit their portfolios of evidence. We have also seen another 30 organisations demonstrate the sustainability of GSF and successfully receive the GSF Platinum Award (organisations that have been accredited more than once). The GSF team are so very proud of all our Award Winners, as there has never been a more important time to ensure we deliver quality end of life care, well done to you all!”


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