Achieving national agreement
The Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework is an accomplishment of national consensus. The competency self-assessments within the Framework are very helpful for members of the team to self-evaluate their comfort level with the expected palliative proficiencies. For Nova Scotia, the Framework is a useful complement to our provincial Competency Framework that provides information and linkages to regulation and practice guidelines.
Education of clinicians in palliative care practice and in the Nova Scotia Palliative Care Competency Framework, released in 2017, was undertaken in partnership with Pallium Canada. We then moved upstream to strengthen educational curricula across all disciplines and provide teachers with facilitator training, so they fully understand the competencies they are teaching.