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Palliative Care: Training

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which the National Advanced Communication Skills Training Programme meets the needs of NHS staff working in end-of-life care; and if he will make a statement. (240904)

As part of the implementation of the End of Life Care Strategy, the national advanced communication skills training programme, developed initially for cancer services, will be piloted to determine whether it meets the work force development needs of staff working in end of life care services. We expect the pilot to have taken place by the end of 2009.