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Clinical Aspects of Palliative Care

This practice and theory module is a meaningful way to gain knowledge for clinical practice and achieve CPD which can be used as evidence for NMC revalidation purposes.

It presents an opportunity to examine principles and to update on current practice in palliative care with regard to symptom management and to review the evidence base for practice.

Day Date Time Topic
1 25/09/2024 09:30-12:30 Philosophies & Principles of Palliative Care

This workshop is suitable for those who have an interest in care of the very ill, dying and bereaved; and who wish to gain foundation knowledge in palliative care:

• What is Palliative Care?
• Who is Palliative Care for?
• The ethos of Palliative Care
• Models of death and dying and their relevance to practice

13:30-16:30 Principles of Symptom Control

This workshop will help you gain knowledge, skills and understanding of symptom assessment and general principles underpinning our approach to providing holistic palliative symptom control:

• Symptom patterns and prevalence
• Personality and symptoms
• Principles of symptom control
• Symptom assessment

2 02/10/2024 09:30-12:30 Gastrointestinal Symptoms & Their Management

This session is designed to enhance your knowledge and practice in helping palliative care patients and their families manage these complex and often underrated difficulties which may have a major impact on quality of life:

• Oral problems
• Nausea and vomiting
• Intestinal obstruction
• Constipation

13:30-16:30 Respiratory Symptoms & Their Management

One of the key focus points of this session is the role we may be able to play in helping with or mitigating against particularly distressing and emotive symptoms:

• Cough / hiccoughs
• Dyspnoea
• Haemoptysis
• Coping and management strategies

3 16/10/2024 09:30-12:30 Pain – Types, Assessment & Management

This day is aimed at those whose roles involve caring for people who have to face and cope with pain. The session will help you gain knowledge, skills and understanding of both the problems and a range of care and treatment strategies:

  • Pain assessment
  • Pain theories and pain mechanisms
  • Concepts of pain
  • Acute and chronic pain – aspects for practice with palliative care patients
  • Palliative pain management strategies
  • Non-drug management
  • Drug management
13:30-16:30 Pain – Application of Principles to Practice
4 23/10/2024 09:30-12:30 Non-Malignant Organ Disease 1

During this session, we will consider issues relevant to palliation of organ disease and will have opportunity to examine the impact of such diagnosis/transitions of care for professionals, patients and their family members. We will explore:

• Renal disease
• Liver disease

13:30-16:30 Non-Malignant Organ Disease 2

As with the morning’s session, we will consider issues relevant to palliation of organ disease and will have opportunity to examine the impact of such diagnosis/transitions of care for professionals, patients and their family members. We will explore:

• Heart disease
• Transitions in care

5 30/10/2024 09:30-12:30 Palliation & Neurological Conditions

Neurological disease presents us with a raft of practical, clinical and ethical problems. The aim of this event is to consider how, when and where palliative care begins and fits in with other supportive care elements:

• Ethical considerations oof treatment
• Parkinson’s disease
• Multiple sclerosis
• Motor neurone disease
• Other neurological conditions

13:30-16:30 Palliation & Dementia

This event offers an opportunity to review the palliative care needs in a group of people for whom assessment and communication present us with significant challenges:

• Dementia – who do we mean?
• Aims of care and transitionary processes / Individual assessment in cognitive impairment
• Managing symptoms / Maintaining personhood / Supporting families

6 06/11/2024 09:30-12:30 Clinical Emergencies in Palliative Care

Even within the context of palliative care some situations are emergencies. What are they? Can we prevent them? How do we manage them? What consequences do they hold? The aim of this session is to address these questions and explore practical and non-practical issues which need to be considered:

• Hypercalcaemia of malignancy
• Superior vena cava obstruction
• Haemorrhage
• Fits
• Malignant spinal cord compression
• Fractures

13:30-16:30 Identifying & Managing the Final Phases of Life

• Maximising physical comfort (including symptom management aspects)
• Psychosocial care for the individual and the family
• Offering spiritual care – not just ‘do you want your vicar to call?’
• Care in context – national and political influences on local services and configuration
• Self-preservation and therapeutic caring – impossible balance?


Course Options

£340 to attend the full course.

£70 to attend full days.

£50 to attend half days.

To book on to individual sessions, please click on the links provided above; alternatively, if you would like to book on to specified days, please email to arrange.


Course Details
25 September 2024, 09:30 – 16:30
02 October 2024, 09:30 – 16:30
16 October 2024, 09:30 – 16:30
23 October 2024, 09:30 – 16:30
30 October 2024, 09:30 – 16:30
06 November 2024, 09:30 – 16:30
Course type:
Clinical Aspects of Palliative Care
St Michael's Hospice, Bartestree, Hereford, HR1 4HA
Length of course:
6 Days (Over 6 weeks)