Training for GPs and Doctors

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GP Education Evenings

These offer a unique opportunity for GP colleagues to network with each other and share ideas and best practice, as well as improve skills and knowledge around palliative care issues and for patients at the end of life.

“I have more confidence in dealing with palliative cases. Especially non-cancer patients.”

“I am more confident when to discuss end of life issues with carers / patient”

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One day Taster sessions

These are for GPs, GP trainees and other doctors who would like the opportunity to gain first hand experience of the work that occurs clinically within the hospice and thus gain a better understanding of the palliative care services available locally.

The Taster Days are held on a Monday and start at 9.00am with participants attending the admissions meeting to see how we prioritise our referrals and admissions, they will then shadow a consultant ward round on the inpatient unit, go out with a Community Palliative Care CNS on a home visit and spend time with the Hospice at Home team, Single Point of Access Team and The Woodgrange Centre learning about the services that they provide and how their departments work.  The day usually finishes at approximately 4.30pm.

“Great introduction to palliative care, ward round was the best highlight- seeing how to have difficult consultations in practice”

“I feel more confident about discussing end of life decisions with patients and advance planning.”

Principles of Palliative Care Course

This is a bespoke course for GPs and Hospital Doctors on different aspects of palliative care including advance care planning, symptom management, communication and decision-making at the end of life. Learning through a mixture of lecture based tutorials, case studies and shadowing of professionals provides the participant with the knowledge and skills required to manage patients in the palliative phase of their illness.

“The most useful aspect was watching some incredibly powerful and moving conversations between the doctor and patient in the ward rounds. I learnt a lot about phrasing questions in difficult conversations”

Challenges in End of Life Care

The Challenges in End of Life Care project was an education programme sponsored by HENWL. We delivered multiprofessional training events to educate the primary care workforce in Northwest London to improve the care for patients in the last year of their life.

6-12 monthposts in Palliative Care

There are currently two posts arising every 6-12 months. Doctors interested in developing skills in palliative care often use this post to gain experience and learn new skills which can be used in their future careers in primary and secondary care.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact Tina Fuller on tfuller@stlukes-hospice.org or 0208 382 8001