healthcare professionals


End of life care

Information for healthcare professionals

Supporting someone approaching the end of their life can be some of the most challenging work any healthcare professional faces; however it can also be some of the most rewarding.

Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP)

In December 2014, a new Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP) was launched in Wiltshire. Click here to find out more.

Other resources

Click here to go to our other resouces page or click on the links below for a range of end of life care advice and training resources for professionals:

Dying matters    >

Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Click here to access this resource.

Skills for Care    >

Skills for Care provides practical tools and support to help adult social care organisations in England recruit, develop and lead their workforce.

Click here to access this resource.

The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)    >

The NCPC is a charity involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They work with government, health and social care staff and people with personal experience to improve end of life care for all.

Click here to access this resource.

Gold Standards Framework (GSF)    >

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

Click here to access this resource.

National End of Life Care Programme for Adults    >

Public Health England’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) aims to improve the collection and analysis of information related to the quality, volume and costs of care provided by the NHS, social services and the third sector to adults approaching the end of life.

Click here to access this resource.

NICE – End of life care for adults quality standard    >

This NICE quality standard defines clinical best practice for end of life care.

Click here to access this resource.

Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities (PCPLD)    >

The PCPLD Network brings together service providers, people with a learning disability and carers working for the benefit of individuals with learning disabilities who have palliative care needs.

Click here to access this resource.

E-learning: End of Life Care for all (e-ELCA)    >

Click here to access this resource.

The link above will take you to an e-learning resource that is free for most health and social care staff. There are over 150 highly interactive sessions of e-learning arranged in four core modules:

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Assessment
  • Communications Skills
  • Symptom Management, comfort and well being

Click here to see the full list of sessions by title and how to access them.

Introductory sessions for those new to Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP) conversations are listed below (Although the sessions refer to Advance Care Planning, the principles are the same for TEP conversations and documentation).

  • 01_01: Introduction to the Principles of Advance Care Planning
  • 01_03: Benefits and risks of Advance Care Planning to patients’ families and staff
  • 01_11: Introduction to conducting conversations about Advance Care Planning
  • 01_14: How to document conversations about Advance Care Planning