PM David Cameron welcomes new GSF Ambassadors

PM David Cameron welcomes new GSF Ambassadors                                  

 A network of GSF ambassadors was launched at a splendid event at the House of Commons on October 22nd, hosted by Dr Jamsheed Khan and his wife Jessie, of Abbey care home in Romford, and the MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell.   We watched the Speaker’s Procession, announced by the ancient cry “Hats off Strangers!” and then gathered in one of the committee rooms upstairs to hear speeches by Dr Jamsheed Khan, Grainne Siggins of Newham Social Services, Dr Ian Livingstone, Dr Helena Rolfe, Heather Wright of Barking Havering & Redbridge hospital, Richard Hawkins of Caring Times, Andrew Rosindell, and Keri and Maggie from the GSF Centre.  We were entertained to lunch at the Carlton Club, with paintings of Churchill, Chamberlain and Thatcher and other Tory grandees looking down on us.  The aim of the day was to initiate a network of people around the country who have done GSF training and are keen to encourage others to do so.  We were particularly pleased to receive a personal message to GSF from PM David Cameron:

“I am delighted to send a message for the National Gold Standards Framework Ambassadors event being held on 22 October.  Improving quality and choice in end of life care is a priority for the Government and it is heartening that organisations such as yours are there to give the best possible support, and, most importantly, the best quality service to all those who look to you.  Please accept my best wishes for a successful event.”

Keri told the new ambassadors that, following the recent Economist survey’s conclusion that the UK was the best in the world at palliative care, they were therefore the best of the best.  She encouraged them to do three things:

  • Make a noise: help raise the profile of end of life care and GSF
  • Make a splash: represent us at conferences, workshops, with articles & on social media
  • Make a difference: tell us good stories and share good practice

“We want to share our passion for this work” she said.

Dr Khan is Chairman of the new network, and the aim is to make this an annual event at the House of Commons.

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