The proven approach and methodology of Project ECHO has enabled organisations across the world to reach more patients, to improve clinical decision making and to better support isolated health care professionals.
In addition ECHO has provided the governance structure to help hard pressed clinical teams consider new service delivery models which are better suited to the demographic health challenges that we are all facing.
We hope that Project ECHO may help hospices as they look at such questions as:
- How could Hospice teams support new ways of extending care to more patients and families with limited potential for increased resources?
- How could your team demonstrate to a commissioner the impact of an ECHO facilitated service such that they would seek to fund it as part of your statutory service?
We hope that Project ECHO will give us a tool to develop new ways of sharing our specialist palliative care knowledge and of collaborating with all those involved in supporting the care of patients in the last phase of their lives.