Strathcarron Hospice joined the Project ECHO Community in 2018.  This is a global telementoring model that joins communities (in this case, health and social care) together so they can learn with and from each other.

The goal of the programme is to increase the capacity of care providers to safely and effectively support and manage those with chronic, common and complex conditions.  The ECHO model uses videoconferencing to enable specialists, such as those from palliative care to share their knowledge and expertise with other health or social care professionals.

To date we have established a local network of Care Homes who want to enhance their care for people towards the end of life.  Initially Care Home representatives met with us to agree a programme of learning which was delivered fortnightly over a three month programme by video link using 'Zoom' which is a web-based video conferencing tool.

We now have plans to extend the reach of Project ECHO to create new communities of Practice.

If you would like to find out more about Project ECHO and how your organisation can get involved please contact Dr Sally Boa, Head of Palliative Care Education - [email protected] or Lindsey Manzie, Education Secretary - [email protected]