Overview of Course
This course provides an overview of the philosophy of Palliative Care or End of life Care as it is more commonly referred to.
Traditionally End of Life Care was focused on Cancer primarily, however in recent times it casts a wider net and includes conditions like Heart Failure, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinsons Disease and many other Life Limiting Conditions. Core concepts of this course include management of pain and other distressing symptoms, psychological and spiritual support at end of life and basic comfort measures in the last days of life. It also looks at the best approach to grief and loss and helps healthcare professionals to adequately support people at this very difficult time in their lives.
Aims of Course
This course aims to explore the principles and the practice of End of Life Care of people with catastrophic and life limiting conditions. To provide Nurses and Carers and Allied Healthcare Professionals with the skills required to support people in their End of Life journey and to focus on what matters most at this time.
The objectives of this End of Life Course include the following;
- Assist Healthcare Professionals to develop a comprehensive understanding of the basics of End of Life Care.
- To provide a framework to explore challenging and emotive issues surrounding end of life wishes and develop a system to assist clinical staff to acquire effective communication skills in this area.
- Encourage and promote the importance of selfawareness and self-care whilst working inThis end of life settings and equip health professionals to provide effective symptom control to terminally ill patients and to promote optimal quality of life for those affected by a life limiting illness.
This course is suitable for Nurses, Carers and any Allied Healthcare Professionals who have an interest in End of Life Care. It is of particularly useful to those who work in Hospital and Long Term Residential Care Settings . Those who work in Hospice and other End of Life Facilities as well as those supporting people in their own homes in the Community.