The role of the palliative care and advance care planning champions may include:
- Act as an ambassador for palliative care and advance care planning.
- Promote and review how palliative care and advance care planning is being provided.
- Selected champions participate in the working group.
- Act as a resource for other staff, residents and family.
- Assist with or coordinate palliative care and advance care planning quality improvement activities.
Local champions should be identified that can support the organisation working group. Champions may be any staff member within the organisation and can be grouped by clinical champions who have a direct clinical role (e.g. registered nurses, enrolled nurses, care workers, allied health and pastoral care) and non-clinical champions (e.g. hotel staff and volunteers).
The number of champions needed is up to the working group and will depend on the geographical structure of the organisation, model of care, and profile of residents. While there is no specific number required, it is recommended to have enough champions to ensure coverage across shifts, weekdays, weekends and holidays.
The working group members and champions in the organisation can be acknowledged by displaying photos and names on a notice board, which can be viewed by residents, families, General Practitioners or external providers.