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Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care

The Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care is Scotland’s direct response to the resolution passed in 2014 by the World Health Assembly – the governing body of the World Health Organisation, requiring all governments to recognise palliative care and to make provision for it in their national health policies.  

Launched by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Shona Robison MSP on December 18, 2015, it builds on many actions and policies already in place and sets out the goals, challenges and direction for future improvement.

The Strategic Framework for Action outlines the key actions to be taken that will allow everyone in Scotland to receive services that respond to their individual palliative and end of life care needs. It is supported by £3.5 million funding over four years which will be used to drive improvement across the sector and support targeted action on training and education. The Framework will also work to drive a new culture of openness about death, dying and improvement:

A Supporting Evidence Summary has been written which is intended to inform the process of delivering the commitments within the Strategic Framework. It is a resource for further context and information. It suggests various approaches and reflects on their effectiveness. It identifies gaps in provision and problems to be tackled. An Executive Summary has also been created which summarises the key points contained within the Strategic Framework for Action:

The Scottish Government held a series of early engagement events around the country to inform the development of a Strategic Framework for Action. An engagement paper was developed to support the engagement process and provided the basis for anyone who didn't attend the events but wishes to respond to the issues raised or the questions posed. A summary report from the three Engagement events held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen is also available: