New Palliative and End of Life Care learning and development framework

In partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) we’ve published Enriching and Improving Experience. Palliative and End of Life Care: A framework to support the learning and development needs of the health and social services workforce in Scotland.

We developed the framework with contributions from individuals, groups and organisations from the public, independent and third sectors. The framework meets commitment 3 of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland.

Welcoming the new framework, Anna Fowlie, SSSC Chief Executive said:

‘I’m pleased to share the new palliative and end of life care framework.

‘The framework recognises people working in both health and social care services need to have a common framework which supports them to feel confident they have the right knowledge and skills to deliver palliative and end of life care in their role.

‘The framework is underpinned by three sets of principles that promote a person-centred, outcomes-focused, human-rights based approach to palliative and end of life care. Integration is bringing people together and this framework aims to support our workforce of the future, from both health and social care, deliver high-quality care to people when they need it most.

‘The flexible design of the framework means it is suitable for anyone who works in a health and social care environment at any level. The framework does not specify particular roles but recognises that each individual worker and their employers are best placed to interpret where their skills and knowledge currently lies.’

SSSC Convenor Professor Jim McGoldrick added:

‘This new framework is an excellent example of partnership working between us and NES and will support the whole workforce who carries out palliative and end of life care. It is vital that we provide workers with the confidence and skills needed to support people using services, their families and carers with compassion and the very best levels of palliative and end of life care.’

Over the coming year our Learning and Development team will be engaging with social service employers and workers to support implementation of the framework and look forward to working with you.

For more information you can contact the team.

Scottish Social Services Council contacts Learning and Development Adviser Project Officer

NHS Education for Scotland contacts Practice Education Coordinator, South Region  Practice Education Coordinator, West Region Practice Education Coordinator, North Region


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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