Education Framework: Nurses Universal

UNIVERSAL – All NURSES 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 the child/young person and their families.

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

Clear and concise Documentation of  important conversations

Ability to communicate important facts or changing physical/ emotional/ social/ spiritual state to appropriate colleagues in confidential format.

Communication skills within nurse 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.



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

Understanding of definition of palliative care in CYP, and ability to recognise factors which determine when palliative care is relevant.

Understand the concept of Parallel Planning

Ability to document and communicate changes to relevant staff.

Awareness of the benefits and burdens of observation and investigation.

Awareness of common symptoms in palliative care

Assessment and diagnosis skills within pre-registration nurse training.

Assessment and Diagnostic skills for minor illness training via CPD modules.

Locality palliative skills workshops


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

Awareness of Advance Care Planning (ACP)

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

Ability to implement plan of care and communication of variance.

Care planning skills within pre-registration nurse training.

Awareness training for Advance Care Planning.


Ability to implement plan of care and communication of variance.

Responding to the cultural spiritual and / or religious needs of the child/young person and family

Ability to access advice and support families and carers on issues following death

Understanding of basic theories about bereavement

Ability to deliver, evaluate and record care

Care delivery skills within pre-registration nurse training.

Opening the Spiritual Gate.

Medical device training