It can be challenging to achieve consistency across care settings and across the various disciplines that may be involved. This is compounded when caring for people in rural and remote locations who must travel to larger cities for tertiary care and/or who receive home care services that can be constrained by distance.
To be effective, all members of the interdisciplinary team must have a degree of comfort in navigating palliative care conversations, being present and able to support the whole person. The Competency Framework serves as a unifying tool across, and within, disciplines. Knowing that the members of the health care team are working at the generalist or specialist level of the national set of competencies provides confidence and assurance of an aligned approach to care and conversation, whether in hospital, in hospice or in the home.