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The GSF Centre in End of life Care

Enabling generalist frontline staff to provide a gold standard of care for people in the last years of life: 

 "End of Life Care is everyone's business"

The National GSF Centre is the UK’s leading training provider for generalist frontline staff in caring for people in the last years of life. For over twenty years, GSF has helped teams in all settings provide better supportive care, enabling them to live well until they die. Many thousands of doctors, nurses and carers have received GSF quality improvement training, improving the care of several million people over the years. The GSF Centre, led by its founder and National Clinical Lead Prof. Keri Thomas OBE, has since 2000, provided nationally recognized training and accreditation in 12 programmes across all settings. 

GSF has a great impact - it affects the care of over half a million people every year and helps put national policy into practice on the ground (see Evidence Base). The aim is to enable a ‘gold standard’ of care to help people live well before they die, and to die well in the place and the manner of their choosing. This includes: 

  • all people,
  • with any condition,
  • in any setting,
  • given by any care provider,
  • at any time in their last years of life.


NEWS - GSF and Hospice UK are joining forces from July 2020 - Read more here


  What is GSF in practice? GSF - right person, right care, right place, right time, every time.

GSF is a practical systematic, evidence-based approach to optimizing care for all people nearing the end of life, given by generalist front-line care providers. GSF is all about quality care - quality improvement with training, quality assurance with standards of care and quality recognition with recognised accreditation.

There are 12 GSF quality improvement training programmes across 8 sectors, a cross boundary care programme and 3 subject based programmes (see below).

Click here to read about the Benefits of GSF Accreditation and Re-Accreditation

COVID-19 (coronavirus) GSF signposting and guidance on the Coronavirus Epidemic

COVID-19 - Care Homes Support Calls & Information - 2020

  GSF helps put national policy into practice

GSF both influences national policy developments, and helps put policy into practice on the ground supporting grass-roots change in line with NHS Long Term Plan, NICE Guidance, Enhanced Health in Care Homes, DH EOLC Strategy, Ambitions Care Quality Commission (CQC), and Skills for Care etc.





GSF has received awards or been recommended by:-

Skills for Care
NHS Excellence in Supply Awards

If you would like any further details or you cannot find the information you require, please contact us on or 01743 291891 or 02077 893740