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The Gold Standards Framework

Everyone deserves Gold Standard end of life care.

What is the Gold Standards Framework?

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) is a registered charity and has been the UK’s leading training provider for generalist frontline staff in caring for people in the last years of life for over 25 years. GSF is a practical and evidence-based end of life care service improvement programme.

Our aim is to enable a ‘gold standard’ of care for everyone, with any condition, in any setting, given by any care provider, at any time in a person’s last years of life.

We want to ensure people live well before they die and die well in the place and manner of their choosing. Our vision is to ensure that every person caring for those in their final years of life is trained and accredited to GSF standards to deliver gold standard care. ​

We also want larger organisations and integrated care systems to take a population-based view of end of life care, and use GSF to improve whole system care. ​People in the last stage of their lives need a personalised and integrated approach to their care to enable them to live well and die well. We want health and care systems to proactively identify and actively support all people in their final years of life, maximising community resources, whilst reducing crises and over use of hospitilisation.


For over twenty five years, GSF has helped teams in all settings provide improved and proactive care, enabling people to live well until they die. Many thousands of doctors, nurses and carers have received GSF quality improvement training, and 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 sustainability. The GSF Quality Hallmark Award is a kitemark for quality care.

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

GSF is endorsed as a learning provider by and works in collaboration with:

Community Hospitals Association
The Associated Retirement Community Operators
British Geriatrics Society
National Care Forum
Hospice UK
National Care Association
Care England
Skills for Care - Centre of Excellence

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