Palliative care education
We have completed this year’s series of palliative care education sessions and they have all evaluated extremely well. The four sessions for health care professionals working in the community focused on end of life care and the need for sensitive communication, the palliative care Directed Enhanced Service (DES) & Key Information Summary (KIS) and symptom management at the end of life. The quality of the education was rated as excellent or good.
In May we ran our annual education event which gave an update on various relevant palliative care topics. The day was attended by 117 people, including 23 GPs and evaluated overwhelmingly positively.
On-line palliative care training
NHS Education for Scotland has created a palliative care portal to access a variety of educational resources. It aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of palliative and end of life care and advance care planning.
One of the resources included on this portal is the Department of Health e-End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) programme. Although developed in England, anyone in Scotland can request access to these modules and assess their learning progress. The home page provides details of how to apply for access.
(See Related links for both these websites).