Ths framework was commissioned and funded by Health Education England and developed in collaboration with Skills for Health and Skills for Care.
Health Education England commissioned Skills for Health and Skills for Care to develop the framework as an expansion of the existing Common Core Principles and Competences for individuals working in the sector. It was developed in close coordination with a steering group of healthcare organisations, hospices, campaign groups and academic institutions from around the UK.
Most individuals working in health and social care are likely to care for someone approaching their end of life at some time. Bringing core skills and knowledge together in this way will enable organisations, service providers and clinical teams to benchmark their own standards, identify areas they need to improve and take steps to address them.
The framework builds on the Government’s National End of Life Care Strategy and response to the Review of End of Life Care, which stated that everyone has access to ‘high quality, personalised end of life care built around their needs’. This person-centred approach is key to current thinking and policy around end of life care: considering each patient’s individual needs, preferences and available support networks and involving them and their families and carers in decisions around their care.