End of Life

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Course Description: 

People nearing the end of their life often need specialist care and support that is provided by experts working in the field. Increasingly though, care staff who are not specialists in this area find themselves working with people who are dying. This training is aimed at those non specialist care staff and sets out the principles for working with adults at the end of their life.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence produced new guidelines in December 2015 called ‘Care of dying adults in the last days of life’ (NICE NG31) which identifies the following recommendations:

  • Recognising when a person may be in the last days of life
  • Communication
  • Shared decision making
  • Maintaining hydration
  • Pharmacological interventions
  • Anticipatory prescribing

Learning Outcomes

Completion of this workbook is in line with the QCF level 2 award in End of Life care awareness competencies.

You will find it useful to have copies of the assessment and care planning documentation with you for reference (do not take completed care records away with you as this could pose a breach of confidentiality, ask you manager for blank copies if you don’t have easy access yourself)

At the end of this session, you will:

  • Understand the importance of choices and priorities and how to make these the focus of person centred care and support
  • Have a clear understanding of the importance of clear, open communication with people at the end of their lives, their families and carers and with other health care professionals
  • Have an understanding of the principles of effective assessment and identification of the roles of multidisciplinary and interagency working
  • Have a clear understanding of symptom relief at end of life stage.
  • Understand bereavement 

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