Care Homes Training Programme

The GSF Care Homes Training programme is the most widely used training programme for all care homes in the UK, supporting all elderly residents as they near the end of their lives. Since 2004, over 2600 care homes have been trained.  After over a decade of successful delivery we are including new flexible ways of learning.

Click on this link to hear Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC - Speaking about good end of life experiences.

How GSF can improve Staff Retention on Care Homes

Why do GSF Training?

  • It is the leading and most successful quality improvement programme in the UK, with over 2,600 care homes trained (50% of all UK Registered nursing homes).
  • It leads to the well-recognised GSF Accreditation Quality Hallmark Award.
  • The Accredited care homes are a hallmark of excellence in their area, recognised by CQC, by NHS Choices, by commissioners, and by other indications of quality provision.
  • The data base of care homes is available to the general public and families often seek a GSF care home as their preferred choice for their relative.
  • Long term sustainability of the programme has been demonstrated, in that over 600 care homes are now reaccredited 3 years on.  We are proud of the hard work of all GSF accredited care homes and want to celebrate the sustained excellent practice of care homes which have embedded GSF in their core working practices. In acknowledgment of this, homes that achieve re-accreditation will now be known as GSF Platinum Homes.
  • It focuses on organisational and systems change within the home, and leads to quality assurance and recognition through a rigorous accreditation process.


  • New flexible ways of learning including:-

1. The Premium Gold Programme - The original full training programme with 6 interactive workshops, plus added support of the filmed programme for easier cascade of training within the home.

2. Fast Track to Accreditation (Commissioned Groups Only) - Homes already practising some of the GSF standards, and have completed other training, such as Six Steps. If they can demonstrate that they meet certain criteria, they will be able to engage with the shorter process to reach Gold.

3. Foundation Level – Silver (Commissioned Groups Only) - GSF principles for care homes who are not ready for the full programme but wish to make a start.  This step- by - step approach, involving two workshops and homework, also supports homes that later wish to progress to full training and Accreditation.

4. Blended Learning – Gold - With the filmed GSF Care Homes training programme we are offering a ‘blended learning’ approach to include interactive workshops and in-house sessions, offering a flexible and cost effective training package (whole area commissioned groups only).

5. Refreshers - Bespoke training for areas where a number of homes have previously done the training, but not yet progressed to Accreditation

                  GSF Care Homes Flyer                                 Frontrunners in Care Homes

  • There are opportunities to join the programme at a variety of Regional Centres across the country. We offer an 'Open' Programme and are commissioned for specific local projects. 

What GSF improves? 

Better quality of care, proactive planning, working with GPs, staff morale, more advance care planning and reduced (usually halved) hospital deaths.

“The new updated GSF programme represents incredibly good value, builds on 15 years of success involving thousands of care homes, where it has been shown to be transformational, not only for staff, but for relatives and residents. GSF helps demystify dying, and encourages everyone to play their part, so staff morale improves and turnover decreases.  In enabling better quality care, with better outcomes recognised by CQC, this  helps differentiate quality homes from others, making them stand out in this vital area of care“

Martin Green, CEO Care England - Feb. 2018  


“It’s been life changing for us, improving all aspects of care not just towards the end of life” Manager GSF care home


“We were so impressed with the standard of care our mum received and the way in which GSF was implemented in the home“ letter to GSF Accredited care home from relative

The Care Home Training Programme is strongly experiential and peer supported, using many real life examples from homes. We build on the belief that staff have a special relationship with their residents and aspire to the best, and we wish to affirm and encourage them, building confidence and ability to provide excellence in care. Although collaboration with specialists, GPs and others is important, this is about the way a care home team itself functions and how the ‘Gold Standards’ thinking runs through the whole home. 

Changing culture in care homes - Sharon Blackburn, Policy and Communications Director, National Care Forum - GSF Conference and Awards Ceremony - March 2015

Benefits of Assessments in GSFCH from Theresa Griffin, a GP in Shrewsbury

Helen Brewster from a Nursing home in Lincolnshire is discussing Out of Hours

To register your interest and receive details regarding the next GSF Care Homes training programme please complete our Expression of Interest form. 

Updated: 23/04/18

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