Scottish Care's Supporting Solace research project commenced in November 2016 and focuses on the provision of palliative and end of life care by independent sector social care services in Scotland. 

The Supporting Solace project has a number of aims:

  • To gain a better understanding of the level and range of palliative and end of life care support being delivered throughout the independent care sector, and any challenges associated with this delivery

  • To identify the current skills, plus the training needs, of the front line care workforce in the independent sector

  • To explore the emotional, psychological and spiritual impact on front line staff of delivering palliative and end of life care

  • To identify any recommendations which would better support palliative and end of life care delivery within an integrated workforce environment

  • To identify innovative and best practice around palliative and end of life care provision within the independent sector.

Scottish Care has endeavoured to achieve these aims through four elements of original research:

  • Focus groups with front line workers in independent sector care home, care at home and housing support services across four geographical locations

  • A survey for managers and owners of independent sector care organisations exploring their approaches to palliative and end of life care

  • A collation of information around local projects, partnerships and initiatives

  • An invitation for those working in palliative and end of life care to share creative examples of what ‘speaks to them’ about this type of provision.

The range of resources developed as part of the Supporting Solace project can be accessed below:


Trees that Bend in the Wind

A report exploring the experiences of front line support workers delivering palliative and end of life care


A short animation capturing a range of quotes and themes from the Trees that Bend in the Wind report


A report based on survey data collected from independent sector organisations in relation to their palliative and end of life care provision


An online resource sharing examples of local PEOLC projects, partnerships and initiatives involving the independent sector


Part of Scottish Care's Care Cameo series, this resource is a compilation of creative examples of what 'speaks to' people about delivering PEOLC


For more information about any element of the Supporting Solace research project, please contact Becca Gatherum - becca.gatherum@scottishcare.org