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This competency document has been developed by St Christopher’s Hospice, London, in response to, and as guided by, the End of Life Care Strategy (Department of Health, 2008). It focuses on the specific competencies required to give consistent care across all care settings to those at the very end of life. According to the Strategy: ‘Ensuring that health and social care staff at all levels have the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes related to care for the dying will be critical to the success of improving end-of-life care. For this to happen, end-of-life care needs to be embedded in training curricula at all levels and for all staff groups’ (Department of Health, 2008).

The aim is to empower the carer and nursing workforce to …

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