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Palliative care is an important public health issue. It is concerned with the suffering, the dignity, the care needs and the quality of life of people at the end of their lives. It is also concerned with the care and support of their families and friends. Overall life expectancy is increasing in European and other developed countries, with more and more people living beyond 65 years of age. As part of population ageing, the pattern of diseases people suffer and die from is also changing (World Health Organisation, annual report 2015).

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients with life-threatening and chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiac and pulmonary diseases, Alzheimer, Parkinson etc. During the past decade there are serious evidence (European association for palliative care, annual reports) to the substantial increasing number of people suffering from terminal/severe immobility conditions which creates the social need for extensive, complex and quality service provision. This situation poses a heavy social and economic burden for family members who are often becoming non-formal caregivers. This requires both a social and a political impetus, entailing changes in attitudes and widespread education of all professionals involved with patients who have a life-threatening illness. It demands human commitment rather than expensive drugs and interventions, and should be a concern for all governments.

The palliative and end-life care is provided by personnel at hospices, hospitals, elderly care centers – nurses, healthcare assistants, social workers etc. who are frequently discovering obstacles in terms of opportunities for up to date knowledge from one side and from other side there is prevalence rate of those who are moving to work in another EU country where they discovered competences mismatch (resource: Skills mismatch in Europe, International Labour Organisation, Geneva 2014).

The shortages of accessible VET training guided this PTCare partnership to the need to develop a self-assessment tool that will capture competences gaps and will contribute to the national VET systems for palliative and end-life care providers according to the EQF level 2 and 3 (depending on the countries). Based on discovered palliative competences gaps this consortium will provide a learning repository with up to date learning resources which will be available free of charge together with specific metadata descriptions, and accompanied by learning outcomes aligned to ECVET.


  • Palliative and end-life care professionals (palliative nurses, physiotherapists, health assistants, hospice workers, social workers)
  • Palliative and end-life care providers staff (hospitals, hospices, social centers, elderly care centers, private home)
  • VET training providers in the field of palliative and social care
  • Quality assurance providers (representatives) in VET and Health care


  • People with severe health conditions / terminal / palliative/ end-life care
  • Family members of people with severe health conditions
  • Representatives of NGOs that represent PwDs
  • Employers / Managers of hospices, hospital palliative centers and other relevant in the social and health care sector
  • Social partners
  • Governmental bodies involved in local and regional social and health care provision / municipalities

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