Challenging Situations at the End of Life
The last few hours or days of life are a challenging time for any professional caregiver. The emotions and fears that patients and families often experience require sensitive and skilled communication, and holistic care and support. The nurse, by being a consistent presence, is in a unique and privileged position to provide this essential care as part of a multidisciplinary approach.
This day-long end of life care event explores the often difficult issues that can arise around communication and decision-making when a patient is dying. The CPD course is aligned with the NICE Quality Standards for End of Life Care, and builds on the recent review of the LCP (Liverpool Care Pathway), and the identification of the importance of effective communication.
Challenging Situations at the End of Life: Implications for Nursing Practice and Decision Making, will consider evidence-based decision making and compassionate care. Register your interest on this end of life care course today.
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Key issues that will be explored during the end of life care course include:
- Holistic assessment
- Sensitive, open communication
- Handling difficult questions
- Capacity and consent
- Promotion of autonomy and control
- Identifying and respecting expressed wishes and preferences
- Hydration and nutrition
- Advance care planning
- Benefits and burdens of treatment and other interventions
As a delegate, you will explore issues such as inter-personal and inter-professional communication, ethical decision-making, truth-telling, supporting relatives, dealing with difficult emotions, and conflicting perspectives of the goals of care.
You will be given the chance to reflect on, identify and reinforce their existing skills and knowledge and any future development needs.
Delivered through a blended approach of learner-centred teaching and the use of Hi Fidelity (Hi Fi) Simulation, a realistic, real-time scenario will be experienced by the participants in a state-of-the-art nursing skills laboratory facilitated by skilled academic staff. This allows the practitioner to learn experientially in a safe and supportive environment with realistic learning scenarios that reflect actual practice.
Nursing and other medical staff will benefit from this Challenging Situations at the End of Life training course.
David is a Lecturer in Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care and has a 20 year clinical background in cancer, hospice and palliative care nursing as a Lead Cancer Nurse, Macmillan Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and End of Life Care Education Facilitator across Manchester and Bolton. His academic interests focus on the facilitation of learning of healthcare professionals when caring for dying patients and those close to them.
Michaela is a Lecturer in Children and Young People’s nursing. She has 20 years clinical experience. Her roles included Sister on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Bereavement Support Sister. Michaela is currently undertaking a PhD in neonatal EOLC issues.
Leah is the Simulation Laboratory Coordinator & Clinical Simulation Innovation and Development Lead. Leah coordinates and facilitates simulated learning experiences for pre-registration and post qualified nurses. Leah’s research interests include high fidelity clinical simulation in nurse education and practice; learning and teaching processes and models for high fidelity clinical simulation; and integrating real-life experiences into clinical simulation.
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This innovative, evidence-based model of education affords the participant with opportunity to:
- Understand and apply the theory and practice of enhanced communication skills
- Explore the often complex and difficult process of clinical decision-making at the end of life
- Evaluate their own practice and skills in relation to care of the dying patient and their family
- Develop a “toolkit” of strategies to support their practice