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The GSF Centre in End of Life Care

Enabling generalist frontline staff to provide a gold standard of care for people in the last years of life: 

 "End of Life Care is everyone's business"

The Gold Standards Framework was founded by Professor Keri Thomas OBE on 2000. It is the UK’s leading training provider for generalist frontline staff in caring for people in the last years of life. For over twenty years, GSF has helped teams in all settings provide more proactive, better supportive care, enabling people to live well until they die. Many thousands of doctors, nurses and carers have received GSF quality improvement training, improving the care of several million people over the years. We are proud to have awarded GSF Accreditation to health and social care organisations across the country who have demonstrated that quality end of life care is embedded within their organisations. Many organisations have also gone through Re-Accreditation, receiving the GSF Platinum Award, demonstrating sustainabiility. The GSF Quality Hallmark Award is a kitemark for quality care!

GSF helps put policy into practice

GSF both influences national policy developments, and helps put policy into practice on the ground supporting grass-roots change in line with NHS Long Term Plan, NICE Guidance, Enhanced Health in Care Homes, DH EOLC Strategy and Ambitions Care Quality Commission (CQC), etc., (see Evidence Base). The aim is to enable a ‘gold standard’ of care for everyone, with any condition, in any setting, given by any care provider and at any time in a persons’ last year of life to ensure people live well before they die, and to die well in the place and the manner of their choosing.

What is GSF in practice?

GSF is a practical systematic, evidence-based end of life care service improvement programme, identifying the right people, promoting the right care, in the right place, at the right time, every time. The training is for generalist front-line care providers.

GSF is all about quality care - quality improvement with training, quality assurance with standards of care and quality recognition with recognised accreditation award.

How can you access the training?

The current training programmes are listed below, click on the programme to download the information flyer.

  Upcoming Training Dates

 Programme    Start Date  
 Care Homes Training & Accreditation Programme - Delivered by St Benedict's Hospice

Thursday 22nd September 2022

 Domiciliary Care Training & Accreditation Programme

Tuesday 11th October 2022

 Care Homes Training & Accreditation Programme - Delivered by Cornwall Hospice (local care homes only)

Tuesday 11th October 2022

 Hospitals Training & Accreditation Programme

Wednesday 12th October 2022

 Care Homes Training & Accreditation Programme

Wednesday 19th October 2022

 Care Homes Training & Accreditation Programme

Tuesday 4th April 2023

To book a place on one our upcoming training programmes, please complete a Registration Form below, give us a call on 02077 893740 or email

Registration Form for Care Homes and Domiciliary Care Training

Registration Form for Hospitals Training

Accreditation and the Quality Hallmark Award

Once organisations have completed the training and embedded their learning into practice they can apply for Accreditation and receive the Quality Hallmark Award. The Accreditation Award lasts for three years, after which organisations need to apply for Re-Accreditation. We are proud to announce that we have Platinum Status organisations who have now been Accredited for more than 12 years! To see a list of Accreditated Organisations, please click here: Accredited Organisations

                                               Accreditation/Re-Accreditation Timeline for 2022:

  • Panel Date: Wednesday 17 August 
  • Awards Ceremony: Friday 7th October

All organisations will be informed of the Panel decision no later than the end of August.


                                                      Accreditation/Re-Accreditation Timeline for 2023:

  • Invitations Sent Out: Monday 9th January 2023
  • Registration Deadline: Friday 17th February 2023 
  • E-Portfolio Submission Deadline: Friday 14th April 2023 
  • Panel date: Tuesday 8th August 2023
  • Awards Ceremony: Friday 22nd September 2023

All organisations will be informed of the Panel decision no later than the end of August.

‚Äč Any queries please contact the GSF team at for more information. 

                                Accreditation/Re-Accreditation FREE Refresher Sessions for 2022

  • Domiciliary Care - Thursday 1 December
  • Care Homes - Thursday 8 December
  • Retirement Villages - Tuesday 29 November
  • Hospitals - Wednesday 30 November

                                              Any queries please contact the GSF team at for more information. 

COVID19 Pandemic

For information, guidance and support relating to COVID 19, please visit the UK Government website:

If you would like any further details or you cannot find the information you require, please contact us on or 01743 291891 or 02077 893740

For all international enquiries please click on the international icon to be redirected to the GSF International website where you can find further information and contact details

GSF is endorsed by and works in collaboration with:

Community Hospitals Association
The Associated Retirement Community Operators
Registered Nursing Home Association
British Geriatrics Society
National Care Forum
National Care Association
Care England