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Gold Standards Framework (GSF)

St Benedict’s Hospice & Centre for Specialist Palliative Care is now a GSF Regional Training Centre for the GSF Care Home Programme.

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Training is a tried and tested evidence-based, quality improvement approach, used by thousands of teams, affecting the care of people in their last year of life in all settings.

The GSF Going for Gold Programme enables top quality care in the organisation by providing a proactive, person-centred, systematic, organisational approach to care, leading to Accreditation and the GSF Quality Hallmark Award.

The GSF Accreditation Quality Hallmark Award is nationally recognised as a kite-mark for quality and recognised by the Care Quality Commission and co-badged by Skills for Care, National Care Forum (NCF), Registered Nursing Homes Association (RNHA), National Care Association (NCA), Care England, The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) and other national organisations.

The Training includes eight interactive webinars:

  • Webinar 1: Introduction and Evaluation
  • Webinar 2: Key Task 1 – Identification
  • Webinar 3: Key Task 2 – Advance Care Planning
  • Webinar 4: Key Task 3 – Living Well
  • Webinar 5: Key Task 4 – Care of the Dying
  • Webinar 6: Key Task 5 & 6 – Carer’s and Compassionate Self Care
  • Webinar 7: Key Task 7 – Systematic Care
  • Webinar 8: Accreditation

Aims of the Programme:

  • To improve the quality and experience of care for residents
  • To improve coordination and collaborative working with other health and social care staff
  • To improve residents outcomes enabling more to live well and die where they choose, thus reducing unnecessary hospital admissions


To find out more information about the programme please visit the Gold Standards Framework website or download the Leaflet

If you are interested in applying for the Care Home Programme, see below for contact information.

Louise Watson, Education & Development Lead for Palliative Care on Telephone: 0191 512 8434

Alternatively you can email: