EDUCATION

End of life care training courses

Enhance your skills with our Training Courses

At Cornwall Hospice Care, we are committed to using our expertise and skills to support people involved in all areas of end of life care.

Our face-to-face training courses in palliative and end of life care are available for a wide variety of topics, and we are actively involved in collaborative events and conferences, both virtual and face-to-face.

Education and Training Palliative and End of Life Care training courses

Small classes ensure optimal support

We currently offer a wide range of topics featured below, and all training courses have a small class size – typically between six and ten attendees in each session, so you can be assured you’ll get high quality learning support.

Our training courses in palliative and end of life care offer high-quality education and training to all staff across various settings, including hospitals, residential/nursing homes, care agencies and individual carers. You can find further information on upcoming training courses on our Training events page.

We can also offer bespoke training to meet your individual or organisational needs – please contact us to discuss your requirements via email to education@cornwallhospice.co.uk or telephone our team on 01726 65711.

Verification of Death

Verification of Death

Verification of death training is suitable for Registered Healthcare Professionals as well as for nominated Healthcare Support Workers from care homes providing end of life care to be able to verify the expected death of a resident/patient.

It is an evidence-based, clinical course to deliver the knowledge and competencies necessary to verify death. The training session lasts three hours and is delivered at both our hospices.

Essential requirement, attendees should be:

  • a registered Healthcare Professional or
  • a nominated Healthcare Support Worker from a care home

The Verification of Death training session will cover:

  • Knowledge and understanding of policy, procedure and legal framework
  • Recognising contraindications and the role of the coroner
  • Procedural differences between an expected and unexpected death
  • Respecting the dignity, religious and cultural needs of the patient, carer and family
  • Demonstrating the verification of death process through simulated practice
T34 2nd Edition Syringe Driver

McKinley T34 2nd edition Syringe Driver training

This course is designed to provide practical set-up experience for Registered Nurses using T34 2nd Edition syringe drivers for subcutaneous use on adults. The training is suitable for first-time users and staff requiring an annual update.

The training session lasts three hours and is delivered at both our hospices. It also counts as three 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 troubleshooting
  • Practical: Simulation and assessment in the first time set up of syringe driver/change of prescription and replacement syringes

This will enable the user to be:

  • Competent and confident in the use of the syringe driver
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functions and limitations of the device
  • Recognise and interpret alerts, alarms and troubleshooting
  • Explain the rationale and clinical decision-making for use of the device
BD Bodyguard T Syringe Pump

BD BodyGuard T Syringe Pump

This course is designed to provide practical set up experience for Registered Nurses using BD BodyGuard T syringe pumps for subcutaneous use on adults.  The training is suitable for first time users and staff requiring an annual update.

This course 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 troubleshooting
  • Practical: Simulation and assessment in the first time set up of syringe pump/change of prescription and replacement syringes
  • Pre-course reading: Local Policy & Procedure for the use of BD BodyGuard Syringe Pump.

To enable the user to be: 

  • Competent and confident in the use of the BD BodyGuard T Syringe Pump
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functions and limitations of the device
  • Recognise and interpret alerts, alarms and troubleshooting
  • Explain the rationale and clinical decision making for use of the device
Advance Care Planning Training Course

Advance Care Planning

Our Advance Care Planning training session will cover:

Understanding the principles and process of advance care planning

  • Identify the benefits of advance care planning to patients, family, professionals and carers
  • Developing effective communication skills
  • Awareness of the barriers to advance care planning
  • Understanding the implications of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Awareness of local planning resources to support individuals in the advance care planning process
  • Understanding of own role involvement and that of the multidisciplinary team, family and carers

The length of the training session is three hours and is delivered at both our hospices.

Symptom Management in Palliative and End of Life Care

Symptom Management in Palliative and End of Life care

Course 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 the assessment and management of common symptoms in palliative and end of life care, including pain, nausea and vomiting, constipation and breathlessness. It is aimed at all health and social care staff caring for people in the last years of life.

Length of the training session is three hours and is delivered at both our hospices.

Palliative Care Emergencies

Palliative Care Emergencies

This session addresses the 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.

The training session will cover:

  • 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

Length of the training session is three hours and is delivered at both our hospices.

Care of the Dying Patient

Care of the Dying Patient in the Last Days of Life

The course addresses identifying the five priorities for the care of the dying patient and recognising how the five priorities for care support the provision of dignity, comfort, sensitive communication and compassionate care in the last days of life.

It is aimed at all health and social care staff caring for people in the last days and hours of life. This three-hour session will cover an overview of recognising the dying patient, sensitive communication, common symptoms in the last days of life and their management and care planning.

The training course lasts three hours and is delivered at both our hospices.

communication skills in end of life care

Communication Skills in End of Life Care

Our communication skills in end of life care training course will cover:

  • Understand the importance of good communication in end of life care
  • Understand how to reduce barriers to effective communication
  • Identify your own communication skills, strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the emotional impact on people and their families who are living with a life-limiting illness and how that influences communication
  • Explore strategies to support effective communication skills in end of life care

Length of training session is two hours and is delivered at both our hospices.

Gender Sex and Sexuality Inclusivity

Inclusivity and the end of life (Gender, Sex and Sexuality)

This session aims to explore the meaning of gender, sex and sexuality.

To broaden our knowledge and to equip us with the increasing awareness of gender, cultural and personal changes and challenges ahead of us and to ensure that we offer the very best care and support for any diversity.

At the end of the training course the participant will be able to:

  • Illustrate through discussion their knowledge of the subject matter
  • Relate through discussion the challenges that both themselves and others may experience
  • Explore their own beliefs and values and to be aware of their potential impact upon care
Mouth Care

Mouth care in Palliative and End of Life Care

Course participants will learn the importance of providing patients with high-quality mouth care in palliative and end of life care.

The session will cover oral assessment, delivery of oral care, and treatment of a limited range of oral problems per the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guidelines. The session will also consider techniques in provision of care to those patients who are resistant to mouth care. This training is designed for health care assistants and registered nurses delivering palliative and end of life care to patients.

Length of training course is three hours and is delivered at both our hospices.

Spirituality in Palliative and End of Life Care

Spirituality in Palliative and End of Life Care

This training course will consider spirituality and spiritual care and the importance of spiritual care for palliative and End of Life patients. It also covers how spiritual care can be provided and incorporated into everyday practice. The session will consider spiritual assessment, spiritual distress and the communication skills that help to provide spiritual care.

This training is aimed at all health and social care staff who work in palliative and end of life care.

The length of the training session is three hours and is delivered at both our hospices.

Non-Medical Prescribing Update

Non-Medical Prescribing Update

This training course will enable the non-medical prescriber the time to reflect and recap over the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competencies Framework.  The session will broadly address legislation and current research in relation to non-medical prescribing.

The training is suitable for all registered non-medical prescribers (V100/V150/V300).  Places can also be booked for those currently undertaking the Non-Medical Prescribing course or those interested in doing so.

This training session supports 3 hours towards Continuing Professional Development and is delivered at both of our hospices.

The training will include

  • An opportunity to refresh oneself on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competencies Framework.
  • A ‘test your knowledge ‘ crossword for fun and learning based on the prescribing competencies.
  • An exploration of current legislative changes along with current medication updates.
  • Exploring specific Mental Health Issues (eating disorders).

More information and how to book

You can find further details regarding our training courses and upcoming course dates here Training events. Select the training course you’re interested in and click the sign up button to book your place(s).

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