GSF Clinical Skills Programme

The aim of this new course is to help you improve your knowledge, skills and understanding of conditions that are commonly found in the elderly, particularly those in long-term care.  It will build on the knowledge you already have and will help your clinical decision making, clinical competence and confidence. 

This course will help you consider which people require further medical help from their GP, who might need admission to hospital, and who may not and will examine the clinical tripwires and tricky decisions you have to make, pointing out key alerts and danger signs on the way.

Why do it? 

  • Builds on your current knowledge.
  • Boosts your clinical competence and confidence.
  • As part of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Complements the work you may be doing with GSF in your workplace.
  • Mapped to Skills for Care

Who is it for?

  • This is specifically for any Nurses and Health Care Assistants involved in care for people near the end of life.
  • Designed originally for those working in long-term care environments such as care homes, but suitable for other work place environments

How is it delivered?

  • It is self-directed learning with material accessed via the GSF Virtual Learning Zone. It includes filmed teaching, interviews with experts, case histories and activities plus more information and guidance in the  accompanying comprehensive workbook.
  • It has been designed to allow you to continue to study while you work and to reflect and learn from your own daily grass-roots experience and that of your colleagues.
  • Each session contains clinical information, red flags or areas you should be alerted to.
  • It includes on-line assessment through MCQ and clinical reflection/case histories.
  • There will be some online support from the GSF team.

How long will it take?

  • Approximately 12 hours in total, with six 2-hour sessions and 3 Learning Outcomes in each session, to be completed over about 3 months.

The 6 session subjects are:

Frailty – Recognition and care

3Ds — Depression, Delirium, Dementia

Organ failure — Heart, Respiratory, Renal

Neurological disorders — CVA/TIA, Parkinson's disease, MND/MS

Pain — Cause and Management

Care of the dying

How does it fit with other GSF Programmes?

This is part of the ‘head, hands and heart’ approach of GSF in improving end of life care. The standard GSF Programmes enable quality improvements in the ‘hands’-on organisation of care, but this course supports your ‘head’ knowledge and clinical competence, which along with supporting ‘heart’ aspects care, ensure a comprehensive holistic approach.

For more information please contact The Gold Standards Framework Centre at, or phone  01743 291891





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