Education Framework: AHPs Universal

UNIVERSAL  – All AHPs infrequently involved in the delivery of palliative care




Ability to communicate effectively with CYP and their families

Awareness of appropriate time and place for complex conversations

Awareness of communication difficulties due to language or sensory, physical or mental impairment. Seek an interpreter or special aids as required.

Ability to listen to and acknowledge concerns and respect the wishes of CYP and their families.

Ability to document important conversations and communicate key information to colleagues

Training in basic and intermediate communication.

Communication skills within AHP training.

Foundation level communication skills training, e.g. Sage and Thyme.

Record/documentation skills training.

Bespoke communication training available from local network.

Opening the spiritual gate.


Awareness of common symptoms in palliative care

Ability to recognise changes in condition, reversible causes of deterioration or new symptoms in area of practice.

Ability to document and communicate changes to relevant staff.

Awareness of the benefits and burdens of interventions.

Awareness of differing ethnic, cultural and religious groups and respect for their traditions.

Assessment and diagnosis skills within AHP training.

Locality palliative skills workshops



Awareness of individual plan of care and support for the CYP and family.

Awareness of Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Ability to work with other agencies including health, education and social services.

Awareness of limitations of knowledge and how to refer to an appropriate member of the care team when necessary

Care planning skills within AHP training

Awareness training for Advance Care Planning.



Ability to deliver, evaluate and record care in practise area

Ability to implement plan of care and communication of variance.

Ability to signpost families and carers to appropriate advice and support

Awareness of basic theories of bereavement

Care delivery skills within AHP training.

Opening the Spiritual Gate.

Locality workshops