Course Description

Death and dying tend to be a taboo subject, with the very thought of dying evoking fear in many people. This course looks at the knowledge and understanding of the key principles of caring for people approaching the end of their lives in a wide range of care settings, including hospices, care homes, care in the community and primary care.

The course covers palliative care, emotional and spiritual care, dignified care, as well as care of the deceased, last offices and will also include bereavement support. While considering cultural differences and ways in which to communicate sensitively and effectively to people.

At the end of his one-day course, delegates will be able to care for those at end of life in a person-centred way, promoting a good death.

Learning Outcomes

After this one-day course staff will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of end of life care and the concept of person-centred approaches to end of life care
  • Understand relevant legislation in relation to capacity and consent
  • Get an insight into assessment and care planning in end of life care
  • Know about all the different types of complementary therapies and how to gain access to those services
  • Understand how and when to provide support to manage pain and discomfort
  • Know how to communicate effectively during the ‘end of life’ care
  • Understand loss and grief and support people and their emotions
  • Understand the various roles within the multidisciplinary team and how these are coordinated
  • Understand about care during the final hours of life and bereavement care
  • Know how to cope with death and loss

The session is followed by a multiple-choice assessment, designed to test learners’ understanding of the course. A certificate will be issued after successful completion of the training course.


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