Overview The Gold Standards Framework in Acute Hospitals (GSFAH) is a new training programme developed by the GSF Centre, designed to have an impact on patient care during the final year of life, in a variety of settings. The key aims of the programme are to improve quality of care, cross-boundary coordination/communication and reduce inappropriate hospitalisation at the end of life. The programme is reaching the end of the phase-1 pilot stage. Key benefits have been identified from 15 pilot sites. Phase 2 will be launched in February 2011. This article provides an overview of the current programme, key lessons and benefits demonstrated so far and information on the next planned phase.
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