(August 2021) Congratulations to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer on release of a Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework. Included are palliative care competencies for nurses, general physicians, social workers, personal support workers who are currently in practice, and volunteers. In their release, CPAC acknowledged CSPCP as a major contributor to framework. CSPCP Board members assisted throughout the process and helped refine the physician competency section to align as closely as possible with the existing national palliative competencies used by many of Canadian medical schools: EFPPEC competencies for undergrad medical education, and PACE competencies for postgrad.
(September 2019). The CSPCP’s Palliative Approach to Care Education Working group (PACE) has completed development of Postgraduate Competencies for Palliative Care: A Guidance Document in both EnglishandFrench
The document is intended to describe the palliative care competencies that specialists from disciplines other than Palliative Medicine should have upon completion of their residency in order to provide a palliative approach to care for people with life-threatening conditions, and their families.
The document will be circulated to Specialty Committees for whom the competencies are likely to be pertinent, including Family Medicine, and to stakeholders involved in palliative care medical education. The “PACE” competencies for postgraduate learners build upon competencies for undergraduate medical students that were updated in 2018. The CSPCP and champions in the medical education community will be advocating for inclusion of these competencies in the relevant curricula and examinations.