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CPD Opportunity for clinical staff:  End of Life Care  for People with Dementia

It is increasingly being recognised that the provision of excellent care in the advanced stages is an integral part of comprehensive care for people with dementia. 

This training module aims to equip clinicians with key skills in planning for, recognising, assessing and management of the end of life phase for this group. 

This one day course is designed to be interactive and collaborative. Time will be built into the day to share experiences and examples of challenges and good practice and help to build a collaborative community of professionals working with this group of patients and their families.

The training session covers:

  • Introduction to dementia as a life limiting condition
  • Importance of talking about future care
  • Recognising when patients are entering the end of life phase 
  • Symptom management 
  • Liaising with palliative care colleagues
  • Advanced care planning
  • Supporting families and other professionals 
  • Speakers have been invited including a palliative care consultant and family carers who will talk about their experiences.

 This information is also available as a downloadable flyer.

Dates available (0900 – 1600):

  1. Friday 25 May 2018, Conference Centre, Ida Darwin Hospital Fulbourn, CB21 5EE
  2. Tuesday 25 September 2018, Burwell Suite, Block 14,  Ida Darwin Hospital Fulbourn, CB21 5EE

To book please email :  camted-op1@cpft.nhs.uk or  contact Dawn Arthur, Camted Team Lead or Kathy Attmore on Tel:  (01223) 219666

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION 

This session will introduce the concept of dementia as a life limiting condition with a terminal phase. The concept of end of life care will be introduced and the scope of this care will be discussed. There will be discussion about the need to have timely conversations about the end of life and the importance of taking opportunities to talk about future care. The concept of prognostic indicators will also be introduced.

SESSION 2: RECOGNISING WHEN PATIENTS ARE ENTERING THE END OF LIFE PHASE AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT AT THE END OF LIFE 

This session will focus on knowing when people with dementia may be entering the end of life phase and the common issues that may arise at this time. Common symptoms experienced by people with dementia toward the end of life will be discussed and management strategies explored. Common concerns such as when to discontinue regular medications and feeding issues will be addressed. Care after death will also be explored. 

SESSION 3: WORKING WITH SPECIALIST COLLEAGUES 

The session will focus on interaction with more specialist colleagues in palliative care and when more specialist advice and intervention may be needed. 

SESSION 4: ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

This session will build on the issues raised in the introductory session and focus on the legal and practical aspects of advance care planning for people with dementia particularly for the end of life.

SESSION 5: SUPPORTING FAMILIES AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS

This session will focus on how health professionals can support people with dementia and their families throughout the dementia journey and work collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines to provide excellent end of life care. This session will feature include a presentation from someone who has provided care for a family member with dementia at the end of life.