Core competencies for palliative care social work in Europe: An EAPC White paper Part 2

Huges, S. et al. Core competencies for palliative care social work in Europe: An EAPC White paper Part 2. European Journal of Palliative Care, 2015;22(1):38-44.


The aim of this White Paper has been to provide an outline of the core competencies expected of social workers in palliative and end-of-life care. The authors sought to situate these within the historical, economic, sociocultural and international contexts of palliative and end-of-life care, and to underpin them with the value base of social work as a professional discipline. Inevitably, our competencies framework needs to fit in a wide range of national contexts and cultures, as well as a multiplicity of health and social care systems in which palliative and end-of-life care may sometimes be at an early developmental stage.

This competencies framework may, therefore, need adapting to local need. But the authors would argue that, in essence, this framework embodies the core of what palliative care social workers should aspire to. The next task of the EAPC will be to develop core curricula for the education of social workers in palliative care.

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