Developing the hospice workforce

The hospice workforce of the future will need to evolve and adapt in order to keep up with the numerous changes we will see in palliative and end of life care in the next few years.

A group of hospice care workers sat at a table, in a meeting

The Commission into the Future of Hospice Care points to changes in demographics and patterns of life-shortening illness which mean the skills of the workforce will need to be different. Hospices will have to address challenges of changing working patterns, greater flexibility of roles, a shortage of skilled workers and new educational arrangements.

As a result, there is a need for new thinking, strong leadership and innovative delivery of services.

Workforce fit for the future

We are working with our members and other strategic partners to address these issues and to ensure hospices have a workforce that is equipped to meet the many challenges they face in the future.

Roles and skills of the workforce

As part of the work of the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care, we held an event with Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for health, which explored what the future of healthcare could look like, how hospices would fit into this context and the roles and skills that will be needed.

The report from this event is an invaluable resource, providing recommendations about how the hospice workforce should change to meet the opportunities and challenges in the future.

Other support we offer

We have a number of programmes and resources to support the development of the hospice workforce. This includes information on revalidation and resources for maximising the contribution of volunteers.

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our work in this area.

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