What is Project ECHO?
Project ECHO enables healthcare professionals working at St Barnabas Hospice to share their specialist knowledge in end-of-life care with healthcare professionals working in care homes, domiciliary care and primary care networks. This is done at distance through the use of video conferencing software.
Why is Project ECHO needed?
The healthcare system is much stronger when everyone works together. With increasing pressures on resources, St Barnabas is using Project ECHO to support other healthcare professionals in their area of expertise.
Through Project ECHO, we want to increase the knowledge and confidence of local healthcare professionals to support and manage their patients and residents in primary and social care.
The benefit of Project ECHO is that it breaks down traditional barriers by using video conferencing software. This means that sessions can be delivered without time and travel restraints and can be saved to refer back to.
Who can take part?
Our Project ECHO sessions are open to care homes, domiciliary carers and primary care networks based in Lincolnshire and there is no cost to take part.
How do the sessions work?
To be involved in a session, you will just need access to a Zoom account. Discussions will take place using real-life cases, which in turn facilitates learning as no case is the same and many can have complexities. The sessions tend to be around 60-90 minutes long and include a presentation from a healthcare professional at St Barnabas.
Network – The group of participants, who develop a community of practice.
Hub – The ‘Hub’ hosts an ECHO network, with IT and administrative support and a network specialist.
Spoke – A participant in an ECHO network.
Case presentation – An ECHO Network participant presents a workplace experience, issue or success to share best practice and access peer support.
Curriculum – Topics selected by the network for the ECHO sessions.
Zoom – The ECHO movements preferred platform to host ECHO sessions.
Resource library – An online library of useful network resources including; session recordings, the presentations and online materials.
iECHO – Project ECHO’s web-based database used to collect data on the ECHO Movement.