Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of discussing and planning ahead in anticipation of some deterioration in a person’s condition. One of the key elements to support people at the end of their lives is to find out what their preferences and wishes are in relation to where and how they would like to be cared for; ACP supports this.
Highlighted as one of the most difficult areas for health care professionals, advance care planning can greatly help guide patients, families and professionals in decision-making for care at the end of life.
This course will aim to explore the value of good interpersonal communication skills in the context of what often can be distressing circumstances.
Learn more about advance care planning including key legal and ethical issues.
Understand the importance of interpersonal communication skills in the context of person-centred care for people facing poor or uncertain prognosis and end of life
Reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses through group discussion, observation and participation.
Consider the importance of the accessibility of information across agencies to ensure patients’ preferences are known.
Who is it for?
The course is designed for:
care home managers
health and social care support workers
allied health professionals
spiritual care practitioners
Kathy Morris, Lecturer, St Christopher’s Hospice
Kathy is a palliative care practitioner with experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the community as well practice development within care homes. As part of St Christopher’s Education Team, Kathy delivers a range of interdisciplinary learning in subjects related to palliative and end of life care.
Steph Storer, Lecturer, St Christopher’s Hospice
Steph has worked in a range of clinical settings including the hospice, community and nursing care homes before joining the Education Team at St Christopher’s as a Lecturer in 2016.
If you have any questions about this or any of our other courses, please contact the Education team who will be happy to help
At St Christopher's, a registered charity, it is important for us to maximise any surpluses to reinvest in the objectives of the charity.
Unfortunately, the manner in which we undertake our training currently means we are not able to invest as much of our surplus as possible, therefore from the 1 December 2017, St Christopher’s Education Centre will charge VAT at the standard rate on our training courses, the reason for this change in pricing is twofold:
i) We want to be able to reinvest any surpluses made from training back into all of our charitable objectives rather than only Education
ii) We want to be able to reclaim the VAT on costs relating to developing and running the training courses
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