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Common core competences and principles for health and social care workers working with adults at the end of life

To support the National End of Life Care Strategy

This document reflects the work undertaken to date on developing workforce competences and core principles as they relate to end of life care. Skills for Care and Skills for Health working in partnership with the Department of Health and the NHS End of Life Care Programme have spent the past year on development and consultation with a wide range of expert groups and organisations. We recognise that the work has been challenging, as the outcomes must meet the differing needs of health care and social care and use a terminology that both can relate to. We believe that this work goes a long way to meeting those challenges and should be seen as a milestone in development and not a finished product..