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Palliative Care: Making it Work

Learn how palliative care is managed in Europe and find out about best practice in delivering integrated palliative care

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Palliative Care: Making it Work

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Got a personal or professional interest in palliative care?

The modern day palliative care movement aims to help people live well in their last year of life and ultimately realise a good death. However, every day more than 150 thousand people die across the world and only a small minority receive palliative care services. We introduce the concept, how it can be integrated with other types of care and look at examples of this being done well. Drawing on research from EU funded project InSup-C, we learn how integrated palliative care is managed across five European countries. The International Observatory on End of Life Care coordinate the programme.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsDame Cicely Saunders, the pioneer of the hospice movement in the UK, said "You matter because you are you. And you matter until the end of your life. We will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully but also to live until you die." How we die is incredibly important, not only to the person approaching the end of their life but also to those around them. The modern-day palliative care movement aims to help people realise a good death. Every day, more than 150,000 people die across the world. And of those only a small minority receive palliative care services. And even in the most developed countries, these services need improvement.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds A number of healthcare agencies are involved in the care of someone in the last year of life. But integrating these services for individual patients is challenging. Do you have a personal or professional interest in palliative care? Are you a patient, a carer, a healthcare professional, or an academic? If so, this course is for you. I am Dr Nancy Preston, a senior lecturer at the International Observatory on End of Life Care, which is a world leader in palliative care research at Lancaster University. I will be leading you through this course on Palliative Care-- Making It Work. Drawing on research from five European countries, the course features guest speakers who will provide real-life examples of best practise in providing integrated palliative care.

Skip to 1 minute and 50 seconds In addition, we will discuss practical tips and strategies with professionals on how to successfully deliver palliative care. By taking part in this course, you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss the best ways to care for people who have advanced cancer, heart failure, or lung disease who are approaching the end of their life. Our aim is to improve end-of-life care, to enable more people to experience a good death. So please join us for this important course.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • To develop an understanding of integrated palliative care and its importance to patients, their family carers and healthcare professionals.
  • To explore how palliative care can be integrated with other types of care, determining the best ways to deliver care to people who have advanced cancer, heart failure or lung disease as they approach the end of their lives.
  • To engage in online discussion with others and reflect on integrated palliative care provision within your own country based on your own knowledge and experience.
  • To assess how integrated palliative care is managed across five European countries, drawing on results of the InSuP-C project and examples of initiatives within these different countries.
  • To engage with a number of palliative care topics including: its development across Europe; palliative care services; pain control; palliative care education; and essential components of palliative care.
  • To explore in detail some of the InSuP-C project results, including: continuity of care; living alone; the role of the general practitioner (GP); and communication and honesty.

Who is the course for?

This free online course is for staff working in palliative care whether as part of their general role in hospices, hospital teams, care homes, community teams, third party organisations as well as those with an interest in palliative care such as patients and family caregivers.

Who will you learn with?

Nancy Preston

I am a Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care at the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University. I am a former palliative care nurse and teach on the PhD in Palliative Care.

Who developed the course?

Ranked in the global top 1%, Lancaster University is a collegiate university, with a global reputation as a centre for research, scholarship and teaching with an emphasis on employability.

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  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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