palliative care social worker


Palliative care social workers provide assistance and counselling to patients with a chronic or a terminal disease and their families with the practical arrangements. They arrange the required medical care for the patient and help the family to adjust to the diagnosis by providing support and attention to their emotional needs, helping them to understand their options.

Alternative label

  • hospice care assistant

  • palliative and hospice social worker

  • palliative care assistant

  • hospice nursing assistant

  • social worker, palliative care

  • hospice worker

  • hospice carer

  • palliative care supervisor

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

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Optional skills and competences



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