The overall aims of the SUPPORTED study are to improve the quality and sustainability of homecare delivered to people with advanced illness approaching the last months of life. We will achieve this through developing training, supporting skill development and empowerment, and informing employment practices, commissioning and policy. Upon completion of the study, we will have a better understanding of the role and experiences of homecare workers who provide support to people living with advanced illness approaching the last months of life, and the views of care recipients, their carers, and community practitioners.
We will also better understand the organisational views and priorities reflected in national policies, highlighting gaps and opportunities for action, including the production of a clear set of policy recommendations. In addition, we will identify ways to include and support homecare workers in the wider care team providing services to clients/carers to improve support, reduce isolation and burnout. Finally, the data collected will inform the development of a training resource that will be co-designed with homecare workers and homecare managers. We plan to test and evaluate the resource which has potential to be used in supporting homecare workers locally, nationally, and beyond.
To find out more about the study, please take a look at our study newsletter: