NHS SNEE ICB (Ipswich & East Suffolk Alliance) Verification of Expected Death & Uncomfortable Conversations (2023)

If you are experiencing problems booking a course please email Education@stelizabethhospice.org.uk, clearly stating the name of the course, the date of the course you wish to attend, your name and contact details.

This course is only available to those who have been sent an invitation to attend.  Please quote your booking reference / coupon code number on your invitation.

St Elizabeth Hospice, part of Hospice Education, in partnership with NHS SNEE ICB (Ipswich and East Suffolk Alliance),  is pleased to offer this training opportunity free of charge.

The training will cover two topics: Verification of Expected Death and Uncomfortable Conversations.

This course is available to registered nurses from the community and nursing home settings, working in the Ipswich and East Suffolk area.

The VOED course enables a registered nurse (or other registered healthcare professional) to verify an expected death, within the conditions set by the nursing midwifery council (NMC). It outlines the differences between expected death and other patterns of dying, and reviews terms such as palliative, terminal, end of life and dying and death, so as a registered healthcare professional you can confidently and competently verify an expected death.

This course is delivered in two parts:

Part 1 – A four hour workshop session (with an option to attend face to face or online) which will:

  • Provide you with knowledge and guidance on VOED
  • Ensure understanding of your role as a registered healthcare professional in VOED
  • Provide you with information on the legal requirements and the skills required
  • Clarify the importance of documentation
  • Include discussion on the requirements for your VOED Portfolio
  • Include guidance for ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’. This section will explore different scenarios and stages of a person’s palliative journey.
  • Include discussion of how and when to begin / develop conversations around advance care planning and end of life.

Part 2 – VIVA – Having completed part 1 (including your portfolio)

You will attend a 30 minute online session (VIVA) to review your ‘self-assessment homework’ and answer questions which will test your knowledge and understanding. You will have participated in and passed the VIVA to be certified as competent in carrying out Verification of Expected Death.

Please indicate when booking whether you would like to attend Part 1 face-to-face or on Microsoft Teams.  The Part 2 VIVA date and time, will be agreed with the facilitator following completion of Part 1.

Face to Face sessions will be at The Education Department, St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, Ipswich,    IP3 8LX.

All VoED sessions will be from 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Thursday 15th June

Wednesday 21st June

Tuesday 4th July

Wednesday 27th September

Thursday 12th October

Wednesday 18th October

Wednesday 15th November

Tuesday 21st November

Here at St Elizabeth Hospice it is important to us that we are able include everyone with different backgrounds and make the education experience accessible for all.  If you have any special requirements or need any reasonable adjustments to be made please email education@stelizabethhospice.org.uk in advance of attending the training.


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