Kun Mor & George Kiss Home wins national award for end of life care

05 Aug 2021

Jewish Care’s Kun Mor & George Kiss Home in Friern Barnet has been awarded a national Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Quality Hallmark Award for its delivery of end-of-life care during the pandemic. This is the third time that the home has been awarded the accreditation. 

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Virtual Awards recognise health and social care providers delivering quality care in the final year of life.

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

Jewish Care’s Kun Mor and George Kiss Home is one of 59 GP practices, care homes, retirement villages, and hospital wards, which will receive the prestigious GSF quality hallmark across the country during the virtual ceremony.

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.

Registered Manager at Jewish Care’s Kun Mor and George Kiss Home, Margaret Ofiree-Kori, said:

In these unprecedented times, going through the GSF Re-accreditation process was a testament to the resilience of our team. Like many other care homes, we had our fair share of challenges, as we sadly lost some residents to Covid-19 and to other causes in the past 16 months. My team and I worked tirelessly to ensure that the Advance Care plan and end of life wishes, and preferences were met with dignity at all times. These were carried out with kindness, empathy, love, and respect. We also gave support to those relatives going through the grieving process. I applaud my dynamic GSF co-ordinator and the entire team who have all worked hard to enable us to achieve our reaccreditation award.”

Gaby Wills, Jewish Care’s Director of Care, Housing & Hospitality said:

“Our aspiration in Jewish Care is to care for people during their lives and during their last days too. We are very proud of the work that our care teams do across our homes to ensure that each person, and their relatives, are cared for with dignity and love. The Gold Standard Framework offers a safe and clear way of achieving these outcomes by following pathways and working in partnership with the resident, their family and other health professionals. Kun Mor and George Kiss Home was one of our first homes to get accreditation and they have maintained it over the years and throughout the recent challenges brought on by the pandemic. Their work is invaluable.”

Lead Nurse for GSF, Julie Armstrong-Wilson, said:

“Congratulations to all organisations that have successfully achieved accreditation and reaccreditation. The last year has been an incredibly difficult time for all health and social care providers and taking the time to complete their GSF accreditation is to be commended. Good quality end of life care has never been more important, especially due to the impact of the pandemic we have all faced. Witnessing so many centres signing up to learn more and gain GSF accreditation so they too can support people at the end of life is fantastic to see.”