GSF Domiciliary Care Course information

Description and Background

The GSF Domiciliary Care training programme was first developed and piloted in 2010 has been designed for use in domiciliary care agencies to increase the knowledge, expertise and confidence of care workers delivering home care with the aim of enabling more people to die in their preferred place of care and not be admitted to hospital inappropriately when at end of life. It builds on and reflects other GSF programmes particularly those used in primary care and care homes to enable domiciliary carers to understand, more specifically, end of life care and how they are an integral part of the complete care team required by people at the end of life. 

Programme Format

This programme is a Train the Trainers model. The trainers attend 3 interactive workshops to learn about the programme and its contents.  The trainers then facilitate 6 workshops in their workplace using the supplied resources to their respective groups of approximately 10 - 20 carers. These are held at 2 - 4 weekly intervals. 

Meeting targets and quality markers

The GSF in Domiciliary Care programme meets all of the DH Quality Markers e.g. Identification, Advance Care Planning, Assessment, Training & Audit. 

How and where is training delivered

  • The GSF Domiciliary Care Training Programme is a ’train the trainers’ cascade model to enable local ownership, dissemination and embedding of learning, whilst maintaining a high standard of quality training and practical change management. 
  • The GSF Centre train and resource the allocated Domiciliary Care trainers/ facilitators from each agency and assess progress against certain criteria.
  • Domiciliary Care Workers are assessed separately and awarded a certificate on satisfactory completion and passing the assessment process. 
  • Both are to be reassessed 2 yearly. 

Programme length

The training programme is delivered over 6-9 months.

Benefits to Domiciliary Care Agencies

  • Improved outcomes for service user’s e.g. more proactive care and reduced hospitalisation
  • Meet CQC Standards
  • More likely to be commissioned for end of life care
  • Number of staff receiving the GSFDC Certificate is an important selling point, of benefit to the agency
  • Recognised Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) Skills for Care credits –mapped to EOL 201 and EOL 303
  • Better collaboration with CCGs
  • In line with National End of Life Care policy & NICE Guidance
  • Meets National Occupational Standards for End of Life Care and others

 Support provided

  • Local facilitation is helpful
  • Fully resourced and trained trainers
  • Conference calls with the local project team and email support
  • Virtual Learning Zone with chat rooms etc (in development)

Resources included

Fully resourced  programme including -

Trainers pack, good practice guide and workbook, access to virtual learning zone, access to secure area of GSF website, evaluations and assessmenets for trainers with certification and accreditation for successful completion (lasts for 2 yeras, evaluations and assessments for learners with certification for successful completion 

Additional resources for purchase

Dom Care App, additional good practice guide and workbooks 


Baseline and Follow up evaluations, Supportive Care Analysis, Staff Confidence, Case History, Organisational Survey


  • Carer assessment and evaluation with certificate of completion.
  • Trainer assessment and accreditation which is valid for two years
  • Recognition of organisation where more than 80% of carers have undergone GSF training 

Updated:  27/7/2016