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to the website of the National Gold Standards Framework Centre (GSF) in End of Life Care
the leading providers of end of life care training for generalist frontline providers in the UK.

Enabling a 'Gold Standard' of care for all people nearing the end of life

The National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre in End of Life Care is the national training and coordinating centre for all GSF programmes, enabling generalist frontline staff to provide a gold standard of care for people nearing the end of life.


What do we do?

'GSF in a Nutshell'

What do we provide?

'GSF Brochure of training'

What do others think of GSF?

'GSF works'



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GSF Brochure




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GSF is about giving the right person, the right care, in the right place, at the right time...every time

Our aims are to improve the 

  • Quality of care for people in the final years of life 
  • Coordination and communication of care across boundaries
  • Outcomes for people- reducing time in hospitals and enabling more to live and die where they choose in line with their needs and preferences

GSF supports

  • Quality improvement - through training programmes in many settings and subjects  
  • Quality assurance - through  GSF accreditation with evaluation and  benchmarked audit measures
  • and Quality recognition - national recognition  as examples of best practice in their field, recognised by the general public, commissioners, national policy and regulators

Prof. Keri Thomas introducing the GSF Centre - please click here

What is GSF?

GSF is a systematic, evidence based approach to optimising care for all patients approaching the end of life, delivered by generalist care providers.  This includes care:-

  • For people considered to be at any stage in the final years of life 
  • For people with any condition or diagnosis
  • For people in any setting, ‘in whichever bed they are in’
  • Provided by anyone in health or social care
  • At any time needed.

We do this in a wide range of settings by providing a complete package to improve end of life care including :-

  • Quality improvement training programmes and quality assurance Accreditation
  • Tools, resources and guides  that are tried and tested,
  • Measures- evaluations and metrics, comparative and benchmarked
  • and local support for best implementation and cross-boundary integration

Please click on the relevant pages of the website for further information

“Every organisation involved in providing end of life care will be expected
to adopt a coordination process such as the GSF”

Department of Health End of Life Care Strategy 2008