St. Margaret’s Hospice is excited to be the Somerset hub for Project ECHO – a not-for-profit movement to improve the lives of people all over the world.

What is Project ECHO?

Project ECHO brings together communities of healthcare practitioners for learning and support, with the goal of improving care through collaborative problem-solving.

Created by Dr Sanjeev Arora in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model is now operating in more than 20 countries around the world. Its goal is to touch the lives of one billion people by 2025.

St. Margaret’s Hospice Project ECHO: Somerset Care Home Community

Our first Project ECHO programme is creating a knowledge-sharing network to link specialists in managing life-limiting conditions with a community of care homes from across Somerset.

Project ECHO uses Zoom video conferencing technology to save on travel time and provide a forum where participants can share best practice and learning. Sessions are held remotely and co-ordinated by the hub.

The facilitated sessions include a presentation and case studies. All sessions are filmed and, along with additional materials, will form a private online library that grows as the project continues.

Following a Welcome Day attended by 20 representatives of care homes across Somerset, 10 ECHO sessions will be arranged over the next 12 months.

If you would like to find out more, please email [email protected] or phone 01823 346956.