Life and Death Matters is working to bridge the gap in the delivery of palliative care through the creation and implementation of educational resources. They offer educational materials and courses primarily focused on personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses administering the best possible end-of-life care. These materials and courses use the Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework (Competency Framework) as a tool to better equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to ensure they can deliver exceptional palliative care to patients during their final days.
The Competency Framework is an incredible tool for educators as it helps deliver a clear, standardized core curriculum for the palliative care field across Canada. The content included in the Competency Framework provides students with the ability to develop not only the hard skills required to deliver palliative care, but also the soft skills that are equally as important. Using the Competency Framework when developing resources and learning materials helps reassure students that they will have the resources they need to excel in their education. In addition, they will be properly equipped to provide palliative care once they enter the field.
To improve the overall level of palliative care in Canada, Life and Death Matters hopes to one day see standardized educational materials and resources for the entire palliative care field. Life and Death Matters will continue to use the Competency Framework to push for standardized education of PSWs across Canada.