"End of life care is everyone’s business"
Prof. Keri Thomas
Founder of GSF
Welcome to GSF International
This Gold Standards Framework International (GSF-I ) website provides information and guidance on ways to to improve care for people in their last years of life.
Building on over 20 years of GSF in the UK, the site includes details of use of GSF in the UK and internationally including in Africa, as well as information on GSF training, tools, experience and evidence, with helpful guidance on next steps to take this work forward.
The aim of GSF:
to enable a 'gold standard' of care
for all people in their last years of life,
supporting them to live well until they die.
The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) is the leading training provider for generalist frontline staff in end-of-life care in the UK. Having trained many thousands of teams across all settings, GSF has helped many millions of people receive better care, allowing them to live well until they die.
GSF enables everyone to play their part. It is a step-by-step quality improvement programme, offering nationally recognised training, tools, measures and support.
The purpose of GSF International is to share with others across the world this knowledge, learning and experience in enabling generalists, with the common goal of providing better care for more people in the final years of life with any condition, in any setting, in the wider population.
This includes work in both low/middle income countries through our charity The Andrew Rodger Trust as well as high income countries. (see below)
End of Life Care is Everyone's Business
Enabling generalist frontline staff.
GSF focusses on enabling and upskilling 'generalist' care providers, releasing their talents, building their competence and confidence, enabling them to give 'gold standard' care for all.
Working with palliative care specialists and hospices, GSF helps to reach all the millions of generalist providers of care, supporting them to deliver compassionate care that is proactive, personalised, well coordinated and sustainable long term.
GSF includes working at all levels- with individuals, teams, communities, systems, as well as building the evidence and influencing and implementing national policy.
GSF takes both a personal and a population view, in supporting both the individual patient receive quality care and also the wider interconnected system and population.
'Big Picture' End of Life Care
both Population-based and Person-centred
Overview of the recent GSF UK work
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What we can do for you
If you are interested in bringing this work to your own country, this site provides a wealth of information including a detailed overview of GSF, examples of application in the UK and in Africa, as well as helpful articles and published evidence, experience and testimonials of its impact and free downloadable tools to use in practice, a library of evidence.
If you would like to take this further, please contact us to discuss how GSF could help you in your context.
And if you want to:
register for a GSF Training Programme register here ,
seek guidance or use of tools see here
or for consultancy or other queries , do contact us directly below.
For grants , support and tools for pilots in Africa
from Andrew Rodger Trust 2022-4
'Planning Early, Going for Gold'
See Session at APCA Conference
28th April 2023 Keri Thomas
and for details see here
An overview of GSF
The UK National GSF Celebration
20 years of Gold Standards Framework 2000-2020
GSF International has two main areas of operation;
Charitable work in resource-poor countries, working through the GSF-I charity, the Andrew Rodger Trust and GSF Africa, improving palliative and end-of-life care in Africa and low-to-middle-income-countries (LMIC), working with the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) alongside African national palliative care associations .
GSF International in developed or high income countries, through Horizon Life Care, working to improve generalist palliative and end-of-life care. Over the years we have been working with people from Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, Singapore, Holland, USA and many more.
Any profits from work in developed countries through Horizon are passed on to the charity for work in Africa.
GSF International is now working independent from GSF UK
For UK enquires, please visit the GSF UK site here.
So what is the impact of the Gold Standards Framework ?
Although GSF started in the UK, the principles are the same all over the world. GSF has produced numerous videos to explain those concepts. Click on the videos below and throughout this website for explanations, advice and testimonials from users.
Keri Thomas Introduces GSF in the UK
The 'BBC Doctor' Sarah Jarvis talks about GSF
GSF Influencing and Implementing National Policy
GSF Testimonial and Experiences in the UK