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Care for Veterans Maintains Top Marks for End of Life Care Provision

Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans on Boundary Road, has been awarded the Quality Hallmark Award at Platinum Status by the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) for its end of life care. This award is given to those homes that have previously been awarded the Beacon status and maintained GSF standards within their service.

The GSF determines excellence in end of life care, and assesses care homes on their services and procedures which are then rated in different categories.

GSF accredited care homes are a hallmark of excellence in their area, recognised by the Care Quality Commission, NHS Choices and commissioners. Platinum Status is their highest award so is a real achievement for Care for Veterans, which achieved top marks, earning 85 out of 85 total credit points available.

The comprehensive and detailed assessment comprised of a written portfolio of information submitted by the charity, followed by a formal inspection by a GSF representative then a review by an independent panel who make the final decision.

Valerie Walker, Director of Nursing and Operations at Care for Veterans, said: “To know that we have maintained the quality of our care to the highest standard is amazing. Although the process was challenging at times, it all paid off as receiving top marks and Platinum Status is evidence that we are doing a really good job. I want to thank all the staff who contributed to the work in order for us to achieve this brilliant result and who provide such excellent end of life care for our veterans.”

The award will be presented to Valerie Walker and also Pauline Wylie, Ward Sister, who leads on end of life care, at the Annual GSFCH Award Ceremony in London in April.

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