Short courses we can deliver

Our training courses are delivered at both Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice, Hayle.

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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 2.5 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 (2017) ‘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 legally 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.

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 3 hours towards Continuing Professional Development required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. A certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the theoretical and simulated assessments.

Communication Skills

Effective communication between patients and clinicians is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality, end of life care.  Research has shown that communication skills can be improved through experiential learning.

Cornwall Hospice Care are currently designing communication sessions to cover a wide variety of situations staff, volunteers and carers may encounter as part of caring for someone at end of life. This course can be adapted for different professional groups. It is not a requirement to work exclusively in palliative and end-of-life care and it is possible to commission a course. If you need support for your staff in Advanced Communications or Difficult Conversations please complete our enquiries form with some information and one of our team will be in touch.

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