End of Life Care


Guidance At End of Life (GAEL) for Health Care Professionals PDF 279 KB
Updated January 2017


If sharing GAEL with colleagues please use the link below rather than emailing the document.


This helps us track use and allows future updates to be deployed. 

If accessing off NHS network use this link to view GAEL


NHSGG&C is committed to supporting the provision of consistently high quality end of life care for all. End of Life Care should be based on the following key principles:

  • Recognition of Dying
  • Timely and Sensitive Communication
  • Need for Hydration
  • Need for Nutrition
  • Management of common symptoms at end of life
  • Bereavement support

If you need help or support with delivering end of life care or in using the new guidance documentation please contact relevant below:

  • Acute Palliative Care Practice Development – 211 1525 (main office)
    Email: PallCarePracticeDev@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
  • Mental Health Margaret Fitzpatrick (Mon-Fri.) – 0141 211 3505
    (main office) or
    Email: Margaret.Fitzpatrick@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
  • Primary Care Macmillan Nurse
    Facilitators – 427 8254 (main office) or
    Email: Palliative.Care@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

For a specific patient related issue your local Specialist Palliative Care Team is available to help.

National Statement and Guidance


Caring for people in the last days and hours of life – National Statement Friday,December 19, 2014
Scottish Government website

Caring for people in the last days and hours of life – Guidance
Scottish Government website

Caring for People in the last few days and hours of life
NHS Education Scotland Clinical Knowledge Publisher portal


Resources from Guidance Document



Additional Resources / Further Information on key resources above


Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines



The Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines reflect a consensus of opinion about good practice in the management of adult patients with life limiting illness. They are designed for healthcare professionals from any care setting who are involved in supporting people with a palliative life-limiting condition. The guidelines have been developed by a multidisciplinary group of professionals working in the community, hospital and specialist palliative care services throughout Scotland.

Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines website


What Can Happen When Someone is Dying



What Can Happen When Someone is Dying
Download page including alternative language versions

What Can Happen When Someone is Dying
Order Copies from PHRD – Resource ID: (L00079)

PHRD – How to Search & Order Guides


Information and Support for Relatives & Friends,When Someone Has Died



Information and Support for Relatives and Friends When Someone Has Died
Download page including alternative language versions

Information and Support for Relatives and Friends When Someone Has Died
Order copies from PHRD – Resource ID: (B00093)

PHRD – How to Search & Order Guides





My Thinking Ahead and Making Plans



My Thinking Ahead and Making Plans  A4 Word version on Planning Ahead webpage

If you would like paper copies of the current version please contact Jackie Mearns:

Email: Jacqueline.Mearns2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
Tel. 0141 211 1525


Further Help and Support


The Palliative Care Practice Development Team provide support in the following areas:

  • Diagnosing Dying
  • End of Life Care
  • Managing Symptoms
  • Communication/Significant Conversations and Documentation
    The use of Continuous subcutaneous Infusion (CSCI) for Palliative Care

This is done through various methods, ie, one to one tuition, group tutorials, reflective practice, casenote analysis. Also provided by the team is accredited Palliative Care Modules for registered Healthcare Professionals and palliative care study days for nursing or allied health professional assistants or other non registered healthcare workers.

Jackie Mearns, Administrator: Palliative Care Practice Development Team
Tel. 0141 211 1525 – Email: jacqueline.mearns2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Carol Gillan, Palliative Care Secretary
Tel. 0141 211 1566 – Email: carol.gillan@ggc.scot.nhs.uk



Palliative Care Practice Development Team

Primary Care Palliative Care Team


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