Foundations in Palliative Care

Tuesday, 27th March 2018 to Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

A series of workshops delivered by our Education & Learning Team to equip professionals with the essential knowledge to support people with life limiting illness and their families at the end of life.

Suitable for any health or social care professional that has a role in supporting people living with, or dying from advanced illness.
 

The course is made up of 6 half day workshops that mirror the End of Life Care Pathway.

Places on the course are £50.00 per person per module. This includes refreshments and lunch (if a whole day is purchased)

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To find out if you are elligible to receive a funded place by Macmillan, please email LondonSELearning@Macmillan.org.uk 


Module 1: Initiating Difficult Discussions (all sessions 9:30am - 12:30pm) 

 

This workshop is for all staff who wish to gain confidence in initiating and facilitating open, honest conversations with patients, carers and families about the end of life.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of effective communication to initiate timely conversations about end of life.
  • When effective and timely communication does not take place, understand the implications this has on patient dignity and outcomes.
  • Understand where your own values and beliefs originate and how these can affect personal responses and interactions with patients and families from many diverse backgrounds.
  • Understand key communication strategies and how they can be used to initiate difficult conversations regardless of your role and level of confidence.
  • Be aware of the diverse ways in which individuals with a life limiting illness and their carers may respond to the complexities of their situation and how this influences communication

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Module 2: Advance Care Planning (all sessions 1:30pm - 4:30pm)

A vital role in caring for people towards the end of life is the ability to enable patients to plan the type of care that they would wish to receive and their preferred setting for that care in the event of their loss of mental capacity. This workshop explores Advance Care Planning (ACP) and the skills required to guide patients, families and professionals in the process of decision making at the end of life.  
 
Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise key national guidance informing the process of Advance Care Planning.
  • Understand what ACP is and differentiate between advance statements of wishes and advance decisions to refuse treatment (ADRT).
  • Understand the implications on patient care outcomes when Advance Planning is not dealt with in an effective and timely way,
  • Understand where your own values and beliefs originate and how these can affect personal responses and interactions with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Identify the ‘signposts’ along a patient’s illness trajectory, when it might be appropriate to initiate an ACP and the barriers to this.
  • Discuss the effective communication skills involved in initiating a discussion regarding Advance Care Planning with a patient and their carer.

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Module 3: Holistic Management of Pain in Advanced Illness (all sessions 9:30am - 12:30pm)

Enhance your holistic approach to the assessment and management of pain for people with advanced progressive illness.

Learning Outcomes
  • Have an awareness of the types and potential causes of pain in advanced cancer and other advanced illnesses.
  • Have an appreciation of the holistic dimensions of the lived experience of pain, taking into account the whole person
  • Understand the core components comprising a holistic assessment of pain attending to physical, psychological, social and spiritual domains of the pain experience.
  • Have an awareness of the most current pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to manage pain in cancer and other advanced illnesses.

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Module 4: Holistic Management of Breathlessness in Advanced Illness (all sessions 12:30pm - 4:30pm)

Enhance your knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting patients with breathlessness and anxiety resulting from advanced progressive illness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define breathlessness and be aware of the common mechanisms that may contribute to this symptom in advanced illness.
  • Have an awareness of the reversible causes of breathlessness in advanced illness.
  • Have an appreciation of the holistic dimensions of the lived experience of breathlessness, taking into account the whole person.
  • Understand the core components comprising a holistic assessment of breathlessness attending to physical, psychological, social and spiritual domains.
  • Have an awareness of the most current pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to manage breathlessness in cancer and other advanced illnesses.

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Module 5: Providing Dignified Care at the End of Life (all sessions 9:30am - 12:30pm)

Ensuring a dignified and comfortable death for all patients is not only the responsibility of every healthcare professional but society as a whole. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of care in the last days of their life, structured around the five key priorities of the Leadership Alliance Framework for the Care of Dying People (2014). 

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise dying as a dynamic process and be able to consider and rule out potential reversible causes unique to each person and their disease.
  • Identify ways of initiating discussions about the dying process with the multidisciplinary team, the patient and those important to them.
  • Identify the common physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the dying person and those important to them and explore how to be able to provide person centred care to support a comfortable death.

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Module 6: Working with Loss and Grief at the End of Life (all sessions 1:30pm - 4:30pm)

This workshop focuses on the social psychological spiritual and practical issues experienced by individuals approaching the end of life and their carers. Understanding the principles of grief and loss and how to support the needs of those concerned will be covered, along with strategies for self-care.
 
Please note that this workshop is not suitable for those who have experienced a recent major bereavement or other similar life crisis.
 
Learning Outcomes

  • Define what person centred care means for an individual and identify how different individuals respond to loss, grief and bereavement.
  • Explore how health and social care practitioners can respond effectively to and support the diverse ways in which individuals and their
  • carer(s) experience loss, grief and bereavement.
  • Identify effective self-care strategies and strategies to help support team members to remain resilient when working with people at the end of life.

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Venue
Education Centre, St. Joseph's Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 4SA

Contact
For further information contact The Education Team on education@stjh.org.uk or call 020 8525 6046

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To find out if you are elligible to receive a funded place by Macmillan, please email LondonSELearning@Macmillan.org.uk 

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