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Most of the education we offer is free; see current newsletter for dates. All courses take place in training suites at Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton. Commissioned training can also be delivered at your organisation.For further information or to book places e-mail eolceducation@nhft.nhs.uk or telephone 01604 678153

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The Team welcome the opportunity to deliver commissioned education to individual organisations, whether it be from the list of topics on the newsletter or bespoke sessions designed to meet specific needs. See prospectus for more information. 

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McKinley T34 syringe driver training for Registered Nurses Open/Close

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This interactive day encompasses both device training and information regarding symptom assessment, management and drug calculations.

Workshop learning outcomes

  • Have the knowledge and understanding of how the McKinley T34 syringe driver is to be used safely and effectively within the clinical area
  • Demonstrate the skills required to safely start up, monitor and close down the device in order to use the T34 McKinley syringe driver effectively in the clinical area
  • Demonstrate the importance of communication with regards to the side effects of commonly used drugs and interventions at end of life, including the use of a syringe driver
  • Explain the relevance of assessment skills with regards to effective symptom management
  • Discuss the importance of non-pharmacological treatments within symptom management
  • Apply the concepts of dose titration and calculation to the use of commonly used drugs at the end of life

Registered nurses working in health & social care at a cost of £145 per person.

Many thanks for your training. We would not have been able to look after the patient here without your input, we are very grateful.

McKinley T34 syringe driver refresher training Open/Close

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This 3 hour session is for Registered Nurses who have completed the full day McKinley T34 syringe driver training and require a refresher to maintain competence

Workshop learning outcomes

  • Have the knowledge and understanding of how the McKinley T34 syringe driver is to be used safely and effectively within the clinical area
  • Demonstrate the skills required to safely start up, monitor and close down the device in order to use the T34 McKinley syringe driver effectively in the clinical area

Suitable for:

Registered nurses working in health and social care who have completed the full day McKinley T34 Syringe Driver Training at a cost of £80 per person

Advance Care Planning workshop Open/Close

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Advance Care Planning (ACP) is seen as a key enabler to achieving high quality end of life care.   It can give people the opportunity to plan for their future care.   Planning in advance can help guide others to make the best decisions about a person’s care, if the person loses mental capacity or can no longer communicate.   As ACP use increases, it is imperative that we have the knowledge and skills to facilitate an individual’s end of life wishes, therefore we are pleased to offer this practically focused ACP education.

Workshop learning outcomes

  • Have an understanding of the background and context of ACP, and of the Northamptonshire ACP booklet
  • Define the principles of ACP under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • Explain the importance of one’s role in the ACP process
  • Demonstrate the communication skills required in order to help initiate ACP

Suitable for: 

Staff working in health and social care.

Care in the Last days of life – a workshop for Support Workers Open/Close

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Support workers play a vital role in caring for people in the last days of their lives.  This one day workshop aims to provide the knowledge and skills to assist staff to fulfil this role with confidence.

This workshop aims to:

  • Have an appreciation of the vital role of the support worker in end of life care
  • Understand what is meant by the terms “end of life care” and “palliative care”
  • Have an awareness of the importance and have the skills required in recognising when a person is approaching the end of their life, and the tools available to help with this
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and principles of advance care planning, shared decision making and the support workers role within this
  • Explore the needs of families and others identified as important to the dying person
  • Have an understanding of the importance of compassionate communication and the associated skills that can be used in practice
  • Explain the support services available
  • Have an awareness of the 5 priorities for care of the dying person and their application to practice
  • Have an evidence based understanding, knowledge and practical skills as to how to care for a person in the last days of life, including symptom assessment and hydration and nutrition
  • Understand the importance of looking after one’s self

Suitable for: 

Support staff working in health and social care.

Care in the Last days of life – a workshop for Registered Professionals Open/Close

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This session is for Registered Professionals wishing to update their knowledge and skills in key aspects of care of a person in the last days of life.  The session is based on the latest evidence from the NICE (2015) guidance ‘Care of dying adults in the last days of life’.

Workshop learning outcomes

  • Understand what is meant by the terms “end of life care” and “palliative care” and the application to practice
  • Understand the importance of recognising when a person is approaching the end of life
  • Demonstrate the skills required to apply prognostic indicator tools to clinical practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance, principles and application to practice of advance care planning, shared decision making and do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Actively explore, respect and meet as far as possible the needs of those important to the dying person
  • Understand the importance of compassionate communication and be able to demonstrate the skills required to support this in practice
  • Have a working knowledge of the support services available and how to co-ordinate these services in practice
  • Plan and offer care in line with the 5 priorities for care of the dying person to support best practice
  • Have evidence based understanding, knowledge and skills as to how to care for a person thought to be in the last days of life, including symptom assessment, management and prescribing and the management of hydration and nutrition
  • Understand the importance of looking after one’s self and of colleagues

Suitable for: 

Registered professionals working in health and social care.

Practical skills and knowledge workshop Open/Close

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This introductory half day workshop is aimed at novice carers wishing to develop skills, knowledge and behaviours of caring for an individual towards the end of their life.  The worksho will focus particularly on the practical elements of this care and the theory to support this.

Workshop Aims

  • Have an appreciation of the vital role of the carer in end of life care
  • Understand what is meant by the terms “end of life care” and “palliative care”
  • Have an awareness of the importance and the skills required in recognising when a person may be approaching the end of life
  • Have an awareness of advance care planning and ones role within this
  • Explain the importance of dignity, privacy and compassion when caring for a dying person and demonstrate key skills required within compassionate communication
  • Have an understanding of ones role within symptom assessment and management towards the end of life
  • Demonstrate the practical elements in line with the 5 priorities for care of the dying person, understanding the theory behind this

Suitable for: 

Non-registered, novice support staff working in health and social care.

Sage & Thyme communication skills foundation level workshop Open/Close

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The Practice Development Team are qualified to teach this nationally recognised Sage & Thyme communication skills training. This model for training health and social care staff aims to teach the core skills of dealing with people in distress to meet the Level 1 skills requirement – NICE Guidance (2004).

Workshop learning outcomes

  • Recognise psychological distress and give general emotional support
  • Communicate honestly and compassionately
  • Recognise when they have reached the boundary of their competence

Suitable for: 

Staff working in health and social care.

Gold Standards Framework Foundation Level for Care Homes Open/Close

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This Gold Standards Framework programme (9 months) enables care homes to take the first manageable steps to understand and implement the basic principles of the nationally recognised Gold Standards Framework, leading to a Certificate of Completion.

Every Home that achieves GSF Foundation level, will be able to confidently state:

  • Every person in the last year of life is identified
  • The person has a person centred assessment using appropriate clinical assessment tools, a pro-active plan of care negotiated and shared with GP
  • The person has the opportunity to discuss ACP
  • There is GP collaboration regarding ACP, anticipatory prescribing, DNACPR and informing out of hours
  • There are measures in place to reduce avoidable hospital admissions
  • People in the last days of life have an individualised, person centred care plan

Suitable for:

Care Homes in Northamptonshire.

Commissioning

The care home would pay the National GSF team to participate in the programme, however, this would also be heavily facilitated by the local Practice Development team to include: 4 full day workshops and individual support and facilitation to participating homes 

For more information contact eolceducation@nhft.nhs.uk

Gold Standards Framework – Full accreditation programme Open/Close

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On completing the Gold Standards Framework Foundation Level for Care Homes, the homes may choose to progress to the fully accredited programme.

For more information contact eolceducation@nhft.nhs.uk

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