Palliative Care Education Framework

There are competencies for children’s palliative care available for different professions to a variable degree of detail. The North West Children’s Palliative Care Network was keen to develop a framework to support professionals, their managers and commissioners to ensure that they have appropriate skills to deliver palliative care to infants, children and young people.

This framework was developed from the information already available for different professionals by members of the Greater Manchester and Northwest Children’s Palliative Care Networks

Purpose of this framework:

To provide guidance for professionals caring for infants, children, young people with life-limiting (life-shortening) and life- threatening conditions and their families. It provides both competencies, and signposting to appropriate training to achieve those competencies. The principles of the Education Framework are universally applicable to the workforce across the country.  However training opportunities will vary locally and local adaptation will therefore be necessary.

Click on the professional group to access the relevant competencies

Professionals Universal Targeted Specialist
Doctors (NOT Specialist Training Curriculum) All doctors infrequently involved in the delivery of palliative care including Foundation 1 and 2 and Specialist Trainee 1 and 2 Doctors frequently dealing with palliative care patients i.e. paediatric  consultants, A&E doctors community paediatricians, GP’s, ST 3 – 8 See SPIN and Grid curricula on RCPCH website
Nurses All nurses infrequently Involved in the delivery of palliative care Nurses who frequently deal with palliative care patients e.g. specialist nurses in specific areas. CCNTs Nurses  who spend the majority of their time in palliative care
Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) All AHPs infrequently involved in the delivery of palliative care AHPs  who frequently deal with palliative care patients
Play staff All play professionals infrequently involved in the delivery of palliative care. Play professionals who frequently deal with palliative care patients

 

L Kauffmann: On behalf of Northwest Children’s Palliative Care Network

Ratified 14/10/2016: for review Oct 2017