Short courses we can deliver

Our training courses are delivered at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, St Austell.

We offer face-to-face training sessions for Verification of Death, Syringe Driver Use, Advance Care Planning, Symptom Management in Palliative and End of Life Care and Palliative Care Emergencies.  You can see the dates we have on offer in our Training Events calendar HERE.

We also offer bespoke training – contact us to discuss your requirements.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the Education Department via email education@cornwallhospice.co.uk or phone 01726 65711 if we can be of any further help. 

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Syringe Driver Training

(McKinley T34 Syringe Driver Training)

Cornwall Hospice Care are running a series of training sessions on the safe and effective usage of the T34 McKinley syringe driver for subcutaneous use on adults.  The training is for Registered Nurses and is suitable for first time users and staff requiring an annual update.  This training session counts as 3 hours towards Continuing Professional Development required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The training will include:-

•        Theory: Clinical governance, duties and responsibilities, indications for use, preparation, record keeping, and trouble shooting

•        Practical: Simulation and assessment in the first time set up of syringe driver/change of prescription, and replacement syringes

•        Pre-course reading: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Policy (2018) ‘Management of McKinley T34 syringe drivers for subcutaneous use on adults Policy and Procedure’.

A certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the simulated practical assessment and accurate completion of the Learning Checklist.

Verification of Death

Cornwall Hospice Care are running training sessions on Verification of Death for Registered Nurses working in Care Homes, and other community settings requiring deaths to be verified. It is an evidence-based, clinical course to deliver the knowledge and competencies necessary to verify death.

Essential Requirements: Participants must be Registered Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The organisation they work for must have an agreed policy for the Verification of Death by Registered Nurses which is in line with their local NHS policy.

Course Outline: The course will provide a safe framework to enable registered competent nursing staff to verify adult death.

Expected outcomes are that:

  • The death of the patient is dealt with in accordance with the Law
  • The death of the patient is dealt with in a timely, sensitive and caring manner, respecting the dignity of the patient, relatives and carers
  • There is a reduction of delays in dealing with the deceased
  • There is appropriate use of registered nursing skills and competencies

This training session counts as 1.5 hours towards Continuing Professional Development required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

A certificate will be awarded on completion of the course.

Advance Care Planning

Cornwall Hospice Care are running a series of small group face-to-face training sessions on Advance Care Planning suitable for health and social care staff.

The training includes:

  • Understanding the principles and process of ACP
  • Understanding the implications of the Mental Capacity Act
  • ACP in clinical practice
  • Developing effective communication skills
  • Local resources to support individuals in the ACP planning process
  • Awareness of own role involvement and that of the multidisciplinary team

This training session counts as 3 hours towards your continuous professional development. A certificate will be received on completion.

Symptom Management in Palliative and End of Life Care

This face-to-face training session will address the assessment and management of common symptoms seen in Palliative and End of Life Care patients.  The sessions are aimed at all health and social care staff caring for people in the last years of life.

Participants will learn how to assess and manage common symptoms in Palliative and End of Life care patients.  The session will cover an overview of symptom assessment and delegates will learn how to assess and manage common symptoms, including pain, nausea and vomiting, constipation and breathlessness. 

Palliative Care Emergencies

This face-to-face training session addresses recognition, assessment and management of palliative care emergencies.  It is aimed at all health and social care staff caring for people in the last years of life.

Course objectives include:

  • Identifying and differentiating between medical and non-medical emergencies that can occur in Palliative Care.
  • Exploring the signs and symptoms that indicate that a Palliative Care Emergency may be developing.
  • Examining the management and treatment options.

The session will cover:

  • Superior Vena Cava Obstruction (SVCO)
  • Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression (MSCC)
  • Hypercalcaemia
  • Haemorrhage
  • Neutropaenic Sepsis