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International Use of GSF


The GSF Centre team have for over fifteen years helped generalist frontline staff in the UK care better for all people in the final years of life, enabling them to live well until they die. GSF programmes have been extensively used in the UK in all settings, endorsed by national policy and mainstreamed within many sectors. Many thousands of doctors, nurses and carers have received training, affecting the care of several million people over the years, ensuring they are more likely to live well and die well in the place and the manner of their choosing.

Some GSF programmes and tools have been used by others internationally, or adapted for local needs, but most of the programmes and tools require support and guidance from our teams in UK to ensure most effective speedy implementation. Some individual tools available on the website have been poorly used, with sub-optimal and ineffective results. So we wish to work more closely with partner organisations to maximise effectiveness whilst also maintaining the integrity of the work, building on our years of experience in the UK. This includes localising and adapting our existing materials to the country’s needs, and help them achieve their goals of better quality end of life care more quickly and sustainably.

This section of the website allows people taking part in specific projects to access information eg Scotland, Wales and Belgium, through the links below. It also gives information about the worldwide use of the Gold Standards Framework. Not all areas are mentioned. For many the work is in early developmental stages. Please do not hesitate to contact the team for further information or to discuss how we can help you to achieve excellence in end of life care. We are always keen to hear examples of good practice and to share suggestions about how to meet your challenges.

Policy on non-UK use of the Gold Standards Framework

The GSF has been licensed for use within the NHS in the UK. Anyone enquiring from outside the UK should contact us by emailing


The National GSF Centre Statement on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia is the act of deliberately ending a person's life to relieve suffering and, in line with the position of the British Government and the NHS, both euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal under English law.

The National GSF Centre in End of Life Care affirms that its position and policy is to oppose euthanasia and assisted dying in all its forms and to support the current legal framework, which allows for compassionate and ethical care for the dying.  Any other position on this subject taken by an organisation that is GSF trained, accredited or uses some of the principles or tools of GSF, both in the UK and internationally, must state that these are their own personal views and are not representative of the views of The GSF Centre.

Click here to see our International Articles.


Updated:  16/12/19