Three Day End of Life Care Course

Based at the Hospice in Brentry, we offer two courses aimed at increasing skills and knowledge in End of Life Care.

These courses are informed by End of Life Care Core Skills Education and Training Framework 2017 (HEE, Skills for Health, Skills for Care) and support the National Framework: Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care 2015-2020.

Assistant Level course

Our Assistant Level course is open to HCAs, Nursing Auxiliaries and Senior Carers. With health care assistants and senior carers increasingly at the forefront of delivering end of life care, this three-day course provides an opportunity to develop invaluable knowledge, understanding and skills for work in end of life care.

Course objectives

The carer will be able to recall the core principles of end of life care that enhance the care given during this time, and use tools and frameworks to support this care.

They will be able to identify when a person is coming towards end of life and be able to assess and respond appropriately and responsibly (within their role) to changes in symptoms and nursing care needs.

They will develop communication skills around caring for people experiencing loss and strong emotion, and they will feel confident selecting strategies to respond to these situations.

Course content

  • Best practice in end of life care
  • Identifying tools that can enhance end of life care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Core principles of end of life care¬†
  • Understanding symptoms, maintaining comfort and wellbeing
  • Identifying the dying process
  • Understanding common symptoms experienced at end of life
  • Recognise own role and responsibilities within the team
  • Assessing nursing care needs
  • Effective communication with the individual and their family
  • Dealing with issues related to loss
  • Responding to strong emotions

Practitioner Level course: Principles & Practice of Symptom Management in End of Life Care

Our three-day Practitioner Level course is available to Registered Nurses and is designed to develop skills and confidence in the management of symptoms at end of life. It is aimed at Registered Nurses working regularly with individuals at end of life in the community, hospital and hospice settings.

Course content

  • Understanding the principles of assessment and symptom control
  • Holistic assessment skills
  • Management of common symptoms (including pain) at end of life
  • End of life care emergencies
  • Recognising last days of end of life