So what is meant by the Common Core Principles?

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In 2014, Skills for Care and Skills for Health jointly published a paper called “Common Core Principles” and competences for Social Care and health workers working with Adults at the end of life. There are 7 core principles, and these should be adhered to by all workers working in palliative and end of life care. When implemented properly, using these principles in practice can really make that difference to ensure everyone gets the care they deserve.

The Common core principles are:

  1. Care and support is planned and delivered in a person-centred way, with the person’s priorities - including spiritual, emotional, and cultural needs, guiding all decisions and actions.
  2. Communication is straightforward, appropriate, and timely, and is delivered sensitively, taking account of the circumstances, needs, and abilities of the person and their carers. Communication reflects an understanding of and respect for, the person’s cultural and spiritual needs.
  3. End of life care is provided through integrated working, with practitioners collaborating to ensure seamless care and support at the point of delivery. Needs are met in ways that are appropriate to the person, rather than being service-led. Workers maintain ongoing communication so that care and support is properly co-ordinated and responsive to changing circumstances and priorities.
  4. Good, clear, and straightforward information is provided to the person and their carers.
  5. Regular reviews and effective communication ensure that care and support is responsive to the needs and changing circumstances of people at the end of life, and their carers. Forward planning, including advance care planning, facilitates well-coordinated, planned and organised care and support.
  6. The needs and rights of carers are recognised and acted upon. Carers are offered support both while caring and during bereavement. Employers recognise the ways in which workers are affected while caring for someone who is dying, and provide appropriate guidance and support.
  7. Employers provide appropriate learning and development opportunities for workers to ensure that they are properly equipped to work with people at the end of life. Workers are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

In the following videos, we will take a deeper look into each principle.