Caring for a patientOLD – palliative or end of life (2 day course)

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This 2 day course is to give non-registered staff the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care for patients who are at end of life.

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is palliative and end of life care
  • What to expect in the last 48 hours of life
  • Comfort and positioning
  • Non-pharmacological symptom management
Course delivery

This session will be delivered by Kate Tyas, Louise Brown and Julie Taylor

As one of our practice educators, Kate works both as a staff nurse within the inpatient unit and also part of the education team. This valuable role ensures that educational practices are kept up to date, and her role within education means that she has knowledge of the realistic nature of working with patients in the current climate of care.

Another practice educator Louise, works within the therapies team as a senior physiotherapist. She is passionate and knowledgeable not only about supporting patients in their own home, but also about alternative therapies, touch techniques and effective communication skills, having been trained in all of these. Her goal is for everyone to receive holistic care.

As a nurse, Julie is passionate about evidence based practice. Her PhD followed people through from pre to post diagnosis, exploring adjustment and in some case acceptance. As a senior lecturer she is vastly experienced in teaching from T-levels and TNA, through Undergraduate to Postgraduate Masters levels. Having been at Dorothy House for two years, this has reaffirmed her belief that the best teachers are the patients and their families.

Who should attend?

For any carer who has an interest in supporting patients who are palliative or end of life.

Course details

This two day face to face course will provide delegates with an overview of the potential issues that a patient who is at end of life or palliative care may have.

The course is to give non-registered carers the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care when working with their patients, to improve comfort and quality of care

Supported by the Ambitions Framework (NHS England » Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2021-2026)

Ambition number 3: That states:

“Maximising comfort and wellbeing

My care is regularly reviewed and every effort is made for me to have the support, care and treatment that might be needed to help me to be as comfortable and as free from distress as possible.”

Course content

The course includes information giving, and patient studies which participants will be invited to discuss and engage in debate with regards to best care and treatment.

The following symptoms will be covered:

  • What is End of Life and Palliative care
  • What is needed to enhance the quality of care at the last 48 hours
  • Therapeutic ways of improving care and providing comfort