GSF Community Hospitals Course Information

 Description and Background 

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Community Hospitals training programme has been developed to enhance care within the community in planning and implementing care for those patients thought to be in the last 6-12 months of life.

  • Phase 1 - Autumn 2011 - Cornwall & Dorset - 14 each
  • Phase 2 - Summer 2013 - Cumbria
  • Phase 3 - Due to commence in 2015

 Programme Format

The GSF Community Hospitals Programme takes a ‘train the trainers’ approach, divided into three stages over 18 months foundation level leading to enhanced level and accreditation.

  • Preparation phase
  • Structured training programme
  • Evaluation and sustainability plan

This programme can be implemented in one ward, or all wards within the hospitals across the trust.

Local requirements

  • Local facilitators to lead the programme
  • Local ward ‘champions'
  • Board/organisational ‘sign up’

 Meeting targets and quality markers

  • DH Quality Markers
  • Many local CQUIN targets
  • NICE standards

 How and where is training delivered

  •  6 ‘train the trainers’ workshops for each project – site visits by GSF team are an optional extra
  • Training is delivered on site by local trainers

Programme length

  • Approximately 18 months (foundation level) leading to (enhanced level)  and accreditation

 Benefits and outcomes

  • Identification of patients entering the last 6-12 months of life
  • Assessment of needs
  • Planning for care through advanced care planning
  • Reduction in hospitalisation; rapid discharge, reduced length of stay
  • Increases patient and carer satisfaction – reduces complaints
  • Increased staff awareness, confidence and job satisfaction
  • Greater coordination of care and cross boundary communication

Support provided

  • A range of options are available – for specific information contact the GSF Centre
  • Fully supported:
                      - 'Train the trainers’ day for each project site lead
                      - Project management and milestone plan
                      - Coaching sessions and conference calls and regular updates
  • Optional visits from GSF Centre team member to hospital site

 Resources included

Fully resourced programme including:

  • Preparation pack; Good Practice Guide; filmed DVD training programme; prepared power point presentations; delegate packs; posters and additional resources
  • All evaluations including After Death Analysis (ADA) Audit, Staff survey, Key ratios and Foundation level questionnaire
  • Access to restricted section of GSF website


Baseline and Follow up:

  • ADA Audits
  • Staff confidence surveys
  • Key ratios
  • Foundation level (after first year 12/18months)

 Costs - contact the GSF Centre on


Community Hospital accreditation happens twice a year. Each ward has to prepare a portfolio of evidence against the five standards this also includes data submission as identified in the evaluation section above, The GSF Quality Hallmark awards ceremony is held every March and September.

We are now accepting registration forms ready for Round 4 and the next presentation of GSF Quality Hallmark Awards in March 2016. For more details contact the GSF team at