The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) understands that individuals who need end-of-life care would much prefer to remain at home, in familiar surroundings, rather than spend their remaining time in a hospital or a residential care home. The CHPCA also believes these individuals deserve and should expect the same quality of care whether they are at home or in a health care facility.
To ensure those in need get the care they deserve, the CHPCA focuses on education, awareness and knowledge translation—and the Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework (Competency Framework) helps standardize this information. The CHPCA uses the Competency Framework to develop programs to educate health care providers. Programs that help the team provided competent, compassionate, interdisciplinary, and palliative approaches to care.
Additionally, through their online palliative care education program PACE for PSWs, the CHPCA offers a comprehensive 10-course program to help PSWs provide compassionate, competent, confident palliative care. The competencies were woven throughout the courses during development. PACE for PSWs is available in both French and English.
The CHPCA sees the use of the Competency Framework as a way forward in the standardization of palliative care, leading to better health care delivery, empowerment of health care providers and better support for those needing care.