Free online e-learning modules related to all aspects of palliative and end of life care.
Sage and thyme communication skills course
Taught nationally. Foundation level communication skills for anyone working in a health care setting. Offered by numerous organisations, both virtually and face to face.
Advance Communication Skills Training (ACST)
Run at various places including St Clare Hospice yearly. Royal College of Physicians accredited course
European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care (ECEPC)
10 weeks course assessed with portfolio and assessments. Run at various places including St Clare Hospice yearly.
National guidance and documents to read;
Ambitions of palliative and end of life care;
Current national framework for palliative and end of life care in all settings.
One Chance to get it right
Guidance for improving patient’s last days and hours of life. Contains the 5 priorities of care.
NICE Guidance for care of the dying adult in last days of life;
Gold standard framework
National framework to help aid earlier identification of patients who are nearing the end of life
Podcasts and videos
Steve Hewlett on PM (Radio 4)
Radio 4 journalist who documented his cancer journey, eventually dying whilst receiving palliative care. A fantastic and raw example of a patient’s journey, from the patient’s mouth.
The big C and me
A wonderful episode of Bowel babe Dame Deborah James’ podcast.
BBC Ideas – Kathryn Mannix
A short video about the dying process from Dr Kathryn Mannix, Palliative Care Consultant
The power of empathy
A video from the mayo clinic about the importance of compassion and empathy. Can be helpful to watch when considering communication skills.
Understanding local hospice services and upcoming education/training opportunities.
Resources relating to oral health with specific resources regarding palliative care and patients dying in care homes.
A wide range of resources available to help aid learning.
Palliative Adult National Guidelines