Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) is a collaborative model of education developed by The University of New Mexico and is now used worldwide and by over 40 hospices in the UK.
We use ECHO to widen access to palliative care knowledge and skills by supporting health and social care professionals who deliver palliative care in settings other than in a hospice.
ECHO's methodology is based in values of inclusion, collaboration and participation.
ECHO Networks create Communities of Practice, where people who are passionate about providing skilled palliative and end of life care meet regularly to learn how to do it better.
At these virtual meetings we share knowledge and support each other in the experience of caring for people and their families in the last stages of their lives.
People need skilled palliative care wherever they live. However, there is a lack of people with palliative and end of life care knowledge and skills to support everyone who needs care.
The ECHO model allows the Hospice to support health and social care professionals in all community settings. This is vital as more people will need skilled care at the end of their lives due to complex health needs.
A wide range of community and acute NHS professionals have been a part our ECHO networks along with colleagues from Marie Curie Hospice.
We recognised a need to support care home staff following the outbreak of Covid-19 and we ran a Care Home Recovery Network in the summer of 2020. We then collaborated with Marie Curie Hospice using ECHO to create a virtual network of care home and hospice staff to discuss, share and learn together about the impact of Covid-19 on themselves and people they care for.
We also used ECHO, in collaboration with NHS Lothian, to deliver training for nurses in nursing homes, caring for people dying with Covid-19 symptoms.
We developed four Care Home ECHO Networks with Edinburgh care homes between August 2018 and March 2020.
Two networks focused on Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) in care homes and were developed in collaboration with the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership, Long Term Conditions Programme ACP Team.
Collaboration with St. Columba’s Hospice and Project ECHO enabled shared learning, reflective practice and peer support, which would otherwise not have been possible given the demands on care home staff and was a critical factor in the success of the ACP improvement programme
Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership, Long Term Conditions Programme, ACP Team 2019
Here are some of the materials we've created to tell you a little bit more about our networks and ECHO partners. For more information about ECHO, please contact Hilary Gardner by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All participants in ECHO must complete a Registration and Data Sharing Agreement Form – download below.
This form will collect your personal data and you will find details about why, where and how your data will be stored securely.