These classes are delivered by consultants in palliative care medicine.
The session format is structured in the same way for every class with food provided from 6pm followed by the masterclass class (learning conversations) starting at around 6.45pm and finishing around 8.30 – 9pm.
Suitable for doctors, specialist nurses and senior nurses working regularly with patients with palliative care needs in the community, hospital or hospice.
Sessions can be booked on an individual basis or in bulk to receive a discount – buy 10 classes get 2 free of charge.
2019 topics and training points are:
- January 23rd – Management of Anxiety and Depression in palliative care patients – is the patient depressed or just sad and managing the anxious patient.
- February 13th – Upper gastro-intestinal symptoms without vomiting – Burps, belching, reflux,assessment and management of hiccups, mucositis, mouth ulcers and stent management.
- March 13th – Dementia in palliative care – Is it dementia or delirium?, features of end stage dementia, managing the agitated patient with dementia.
- April 10th – Diabetes management at End of Life – Strategies for assessment and management of abnormal blood sugars in patients in last few months, weeks and days of life.
- May 15th- Managing patients’ spiritual distress as a clinician – Identifying patients’ spiritual distress, am I the right person to be managing this problem?, and strategies for supporting patients.
- June 19th – Interpreting blood results in palliative patients – What’s an abnormal result and is it significant, causes of haematological and electrolyte abnormalities and clinical decision making.
- July 17th – Communicating treatment options and ceilings of care with palliative patients – Predictable complications of common palliative care conditions,what should we be expecting and how much to warn the patient about, introducing and discussing complications and ceilings of care and challenging conversations.
- August 21st – Fluids and electrolytes at end of life – Principles of fluid and electrolyte balance, ethics of fluid management at end of life, decision making about IV fluids.
- September 18th – Bowel obstruction and lower gastrointestinal symptoms – Assessing and managing the constipated patient and identifying bowel obstruction, what are the treatment options.
- October 16th – Managing chronic non malignant pain – How does managing cancer related pain differ from non cancer pain and treatment modalities for pain management.
- November 20th – Reflection and self care as a palliative care health care professional – Challenges of working in the palliative care environment, using reflective practice and looking after yourself.
- December 11th – Paraneoplastic syndromes – Skin manifestations, electrolyte and hormonal changes, neurological complications and Cachexia/anorexia.