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Welcome to the palliative care page. Feel free to browse the links below to help you in your practice. 

Palliative Care Definition

This framework sets out a vision for the next five years, outcomes and ten commitments to support improvements in the delivery of palliative and end of life care across Scotland. It will give an understanding of the definition of Palliative care and the link to preferred place of death.

Palliative and end of life care: strategic framework for action.

Anticipatory Care Planning Resources

Whilst Anticipatory Care Planning may be particularly useful for people receiving palliative care, it is a tool that can be used with anyone. Staff should encourage everyone to start to think about what matters to them and what their wishes and preferences may be. More information and resources to help guide conversations can be found on the ACP Resources Page.

As part of the GGC Unscheduled Care Anticipatory Care Programme, a standard operating procedure has now been published giving detailed guidance to staff regarding the process of having and recording anticipatory care planning conversations. This guidance is applicable across all areas of NHSGGC, including the 6 HSCPs, Primary Care, Acute settings and the independent care sector.

The SOP is very comprehensive with a quick guide to support navigation. These can be accessed via the ACP Resources Page or via the links below:

We hope existing and newly recruited staff, managers, GPs and Nursing/Care Homes will find the SOP helpfully provides guidance around ACP conversation initiation, use of the ACP Summary documentsaving to Clinical Portal and KIS.  Example ACP Summaries are also included providing extra support. All staff can also access ACP training via the emodule or attending a virtual communication skills workshop (dates available on the webpages).

We will be promoting this document over the next month via tweets, core briefs, e-bulletins etc. and would appreciate your help in spreading the word. You can follow us on twitter at @NHSGGC_ACP or forward any emails you receive to colleagues and networks you feel may be interested. 

Any feedback or questions regarding the documents or the programme can be sent to