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NCHPP’s primary purpose is to model and enhance interdisciplinary approaches to end-of-life care.  NCHPP is the voice of individual team members, the hospice interdisciplinary team and the interdisciplinary organization – and it serves as a role-model for the essence of team in every project, training, article or monograph it undertakes.  NCHPP provides a sounding board for NHPCO’s programs, activities and committees, ensuring that they are respectful and inclusive of all members of hospice and palliative care organizations.  NCHPP enhances the professional development of its members, thereby increasing the quality of care provided to people at the end-of-life.


National Council of Hospice & Palliative Professionals Mission:

Enhance the integrity of the hospice interdisciplinary team by advancing the development of hospice and palliative professionals.


To fulfill the mission, NCHPP has identified the following goals:

  • Promote an interdisciplinary approach and focus within all NHPCO programs and services;
  • Provide education, recognition, leadership opportunities and mutual support for hospice and palliative professionals and volunteers;
  • Provide a voice for hospice and palliative professionals and volunteers within NHPCO;
  • Serve as an interdisciplinary and discipline-specific resource to the NHPCO Board of Directors, committees and staff with regard to professional issues, public policy, education and research;
  • Encourage active participation within the Council;
  • Collaborate with discipline, specialty and allied professional organizations.

The National Council of Hospice & Palliative Professionals is governed by the bylaws of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and under the direction of its Board of Directors.  The Council is governed by the members of its Executive Committee (NCHPP Chair, NCHPP Vice-Chair, NCHPP Past Chair (for one year) and Section Leaders).

Council Sections, Membership and Leadership

NCHPP is composed of fifteen Sections representing the various disciplines (clinical and non-clinical) which constitute hospice and palliative care interdisciplinary organizations.  The Sections include any professional or volunteer working in hospice and/or palliative care and/or promoting hospice and palliative care. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization assists each Section with leadership and resources to enable the Section to function within the parameters of NHPCO’s Strategic Plan.

NCHPP Sections:

Bereavement Professional

Quality Assessment/Performance Improvement

CEO/Executive Director/President


Certified Nursing Assistant


Clinical and Operations Management


Development/Public Relations/Marketing

Social Worker

Finance/Information Systems

Spiritual Caregiver

Integrative & Rehabilitation Therapies Volunteer/Volunteer Management



NCHPP Membership: Professionals or volunteers who work, volunteer or are interested in the hospice/palliative care industry may join NHPCO through the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP).  An individual who is employed by or an active volunteer with an NHPCO provider member is eligible for free membership in NCHPP.  Others pay a membership fee to join NCHPP.  When a professional or volunteer who is eligible registers/attends one of NHPCO’s national conferences, he/she is automatically registered as a member of NCHPP. NCHPP membership exceeds 60,000 individuals.

Section Leaders: Each Section is led by a Section Leader who is elected from the Section’s Steering Committee (see below).  

Section Steering Committees:  Each Section includes a Section Steering Committee comprised of professionals/volunteers with discipline-specific expertise.  Section Steering Committees oversee discipline-specific projects, enhance collaboration, foster networking and promote leadership opportunities.  Section Steering Committee members also serve as a resource to the Section Leader and NCHPP members.  Section Steering Committee members assist with Section activities and responsibilities.