Multidisciplinary End of Life Care - Advanced Professional Development [Level HE6] part-time
The approach to End of Life Care (EoLC) has changed dramatically in recent years, and debates around how best to deliver patient-centred care continue. This course looks at all the issues involved, drawing on the long standing experience, expertise and up-to-date research skills of the team of health tutors. It is appropriate for all professionals involved in the care of individuals approaching the end of life, and their families. If you are working in the field of health or social care, it is particularly aimed at you and your role. The course will enhance your knowledge and skills surrounding the effective delivery of EoLC. It will also help you develop a deeper understanding of the importance of inter-professional, multidisciplinary and multi-agency working which is so crucial in the delivery of end of life care. Skills in this complex and sensitive area of contemporary health and social care are in increasing demand.
‘End of life care (EoLC) requires an active compassionate approach that treats, comforts and supports individuals who are living with or dying from progressive or chronic life threatening conditions. Such care is sensitive to personal, cultural and spiritual values and beliefs and practices and encompasses support for families and friends up to and including the period of bereavement’ (Ross, Fisher et al 2000).
This multidisciplinary module here at Bolton reflects the Department of Health’s EoLC programme. Its key objective is 'to offer all adult patients nearing the end of life, regardless of their diagnosis, the choice and access to high quality end of life care'. The EoLC module advocates that quality physical, social, spiritual and psychological care should be accessible by all persons irrespective of their disease or place of care.
By highlighting the role of the practitioner as patient advocate, and identifying the importance of patient involvement in care planning and delivery, the module promotes patient choice and control over the place of their care. This module also aims to clarify the possible confusion between the mutually inclusive and complimentary approaches of palliative care and end of life care.
The main topics cover both knowledge and skills areas:
- Philosophical, historical and contemporary constructs of death and dying in society;
- Palliative/EoLC in non-malignant conditions;
- Organisation of palliative and end of life care services;
- Collaborative MDT working, user involvement in care planning and delivery;
- Out of hours care;
- End of Life Care tools: Preferred Place Care, Gold standard framework, Liverpool care pathway;
- Patient advocacy/ Equity of access to services;
- Self awareness/personal and professional coping;
- Face to face communication, delivering significant news;
- Psychosocial, spiritual and culturally sensitive care;
- Grief, loss and bereavement;
- Ethical issues and practices in EoLC;
- Understanding physical care needs in EoLC;
- Reflective practice.
- Effective communication skills;
- Holistic assessment and physical care skills;
- Skills in managing personal/professional coping and loss;
- Critical role appraisal in the context of inter-agency and inter-professional working;
- Effective utilisation of EoLC tools;
- Ability to promote equity of access to appropriate services for all individuals in need of EoLC.
Assessment is by the submission of coursework. There are no exams.
Applicants must have completed at least one year full-time work experience post-qualifying in an appropriate health or social care related profession (e.g. nurse, allied health professional).
Applicants must also have appropriate current employment and access to a mentor (a colleague with relevant experience in end of life care).
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