GSF Acute Hospital Course Information

Description and Background 

GSF within Acute Hospitals has long been considered the missing link in terms of cross boundary working, and in 2009 the Phase 1 GSF Acute Hospitals (GSF AH) pilot training programme was undertaken.

Open Programme

  • Phase 2 commenced in April 2011
  • Phase 3  commenced in May 2012
  • Phase 4 commenced in June 2013 
  • Phase 5 commenced in September 2014
  • Phase 6 commenced in June 2015

Open and Commissioned (whole hospital) programmes

  • Phase 7 commenced Spring 2016
  • Phase 8 commenced June 2017
  • Phase 9 due to commence March 2108

Programme Format

The GSF AH Training Programme takes a ‘train the trainers’ approach, divided into three stages over a two year period and includes:-

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

This Open programme can be implemented in one or two wards, or several wards.

The Commissioned programme is across the whole hospital Trust.

Local requirements

  • Awareness/Involvement from the Trust Palliative Care team
  • Local facilitators to lead the programme
  • Local ward ‘champions'
  • Board/organisational ‘sign up’ 

Programme length

  • 2 year programme
  • Commissioned programmes can be tailored to fit local requirements. 

Benefits and outcomes

  • Identification of patients entering the last 6-12 months of life
  • Assessment of needs both clinical and personal through Advance Care Planning
  • Reduction in hospitalisation, rapid discharge and reduced length of stay
  • Increases patient and carer satisfaction – reduces complaints
  • Increased staff awareness, confidence and job satisfaction
  • Hospital Culture - Greater awareness, communication and coordination of care across Organisational boundaries

Resources included

Fully resourced programme including:

  • Preparation pack; Good Practice Guide; filmed DVD training programme; prepared powerpoint presentations; delegate packs; posters and additional resources 
  • Access to restricted section of GSF website


Baseline and Follow up:

  • Key Outcome Ratios
  • ADA Audits
  • Staff confidence surveys
  • Case Studies
  • Organisational level questionnaire


The Accreditation process is twice a year.  Registration opens in March and September each year.  The 6 months process leads wards receiving the Quality Hallmark Award.

The accreditation process is the only approved hospital EOLC information cource for CQC inspection. 

If interested in applying for Accreditation, please contact the GSF team at

Updated: 24/1/2018