Advanced Syringe Driver & Drugs Skills Workshop 

Advanced syringe driver management and drugs commonly used in palliative care

St Christopher's CARE

Event overview

  • 18 Jun, 2024, 12 Nov, 2024
  • 2 hours
  • 18 June 2pm-4pm
    12 November 11am-1pm
  • £60 plus VAT
  • FREE to Care Home Partners
  • St Christopher's CARE

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Useful information

Develop a deeper understanding of the medications used in syringe drivers and the assessment skills used to decide when to decrease or increase medications.

Taking place at St Christopher’s CARE, this workshop involves theory and case studies. By attending you will gain experience using the PAN London syringe driver charts.

This workshop follows on from the Introduction to Syringe Drivers course. For training in using the McKinley syringe driver machines, please book onto the introductory course. This advanced course will focus on decision making when using syringe drivers and the medications used .

The increased illness management complexity and the demand for high quality community palliative care at home has generated increased pressure to administer new drugs out of hospital and hospices.

This workshop will focus not only on pharmacological principles of drugs commonly used but will also focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary drugs use at the end of life.

The analysis and interpretation of complex case scenarios will help the group discussion among colleagues who either prescribe, dispense or administer these drugs, as well as the ones who monitor for their effect.

This workshop will help learners to build upon knowledge acquired during the ‘Introduction to syringe drivers’ workshop.

Objectives are for participants to be able to:

  • Identify drugs commonly delivered by syringe driver;
  • Discuss principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to clinical scenarios.

What will I learn?

Topics covered include:

  • Medicine Management
  • Prescribing
  • Symptom assessment and management
  • End of life care

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who is it for?

Professionals who have pre-existent advanced knowledge/skills/experience with syringe drivers.

  • Doctors
  • Educators
  • GPs
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Associates
  • Pharmacists

Please note this course will cover the skills needed for caring for adults.

Karen Duckworth

Karen Duckworth

Karen is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Christopher’s Hospice, caring for those at end of life in the Bromley community.  She has recently started a secondment within CARE as a visiting lecturer and facilitates the ECHOs for Bromley and Croydon mental health and learning disability homes.  Karen has worked as a palliative care nurse since 2014. Her experience includes both community and in-patient settings. She has had the privilege to work with many patients, and their families, as they face life-limiting illness. For Karen, the holistic nature of palliative care work has driven her passion for the specialty. Karen enjoys sharing…
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