We want your views on the draft palliative and end of life care framework

We are working with NHS Education for Scotland to develop a knowledge and skills framework for palliative and end of life care and want to gather views on the draft.

We want to hear from anyone involved in palliative and end of life care in social service or health settings, higher and further education and the private and voluntary sectors.

Respondents should read the Palliative and End of Life Care Knowledge and Skills Development Framework before completing a short online survey.

The closing date for responses is 20 February 2017. We will use the feedback from the survey to finalise the framework which we will publish in April.


The Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care outlines the areas for action to make sure that by 2021 everyone in Scotland who needs palliative care will have access to it. In Scotland, 90% of people spend their last period of life at home or in community settings, where family members and informal carers deliver most of their care.

The framework emphasises the need for a culture of openness about death and dying; promoting the value of timely, caring conversation and collaborative working. It highlights the place, needs and contribution of relatives, carers and communities and seeks to harness and develop the knowledge, skill and vision of all who work and volunteer to help those with palliative care needs.

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