• Level 2
  • 2-3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Palliative Care Training

This palliative care training course is aimed at staff who are working with service users who are close to the end of their lives.

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This palliative care training course is aimed at staff who are working with service users who are close to the end of their lives.

The course will look at dignified death and teach the appropriate physical skills and practices.

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Course Summary

  • Legislation & agreed ways of working
  • Communication skills
  • Factors affecting end of life care
  • Importance of care planning in relation to end of life
  • Skin care, mouth care & the importance of nutrition
  • Simple ways to help alleviate pain by correct positioning and some of the common symptoms encountered
  • The basics of loss and bereavement for the families and the patient
  • Organisation and support available to individuals and key people in relation to end of life
  • How to address sensitive issues including spiritual issues
  • What they might see in the last 48hrs of life & support individuals through the process of dying
  • Managing & dealing with their own feelings/staff support

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    Where Do You Deliver The Palliative Care Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in Stoke on Trent, London, Swindon, Epsom & York if you need access to a training room (additional charges will apply). We can also deliver this training virtually using Zoom. However, sessions delivered via Zoom will be theory only and will not include any practicals.

    How long will the training last?

    This training will last 2-3 hours. We give a range of time to account for variable factors such as; underlying knowledge and competence of delegates, class interaction and engagement and reduced delegate numbers. If a course finishes earlier than the allotted time, it will be due to one of these reasons. However, our trainer will ensure that all learning outcomes have been met.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert tutors. These al have have abundance of first hand care experience experience and knowledge - so you'll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance. You can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Palliative Care Training

The Palliative Care Training provides healthcare professionals and caregivers with a comprehensive understanding of palliative care, end-of-life care, and advance care planning. Participants will gain insights into the factors influencing someone’s perception of dying, the principles of palliative care, and the distinction between palliative care and end-of-life care.

The course will also cover the importance of advance care planning and the roles of healthcare workers and other professionals involved in palliative care.

The course will look at dignified death and teach the appropriate physical skills and practices.

  • Course Duration: 2- 3 hours
  • Course Level: Level 2
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: No

Target Audience:

This palliative care training course is aimed at staff who are working with service users who are close to the end of their lives. The course will teach carers about the deterioration of human bodily functions and how to prepare and respond to the increased levels of care needed. For the online palliative care training, please visit the e-learning course section using the link here.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of the factors that impact on someone’s idea of dying
  2. Gain an understanding of what is Palliative care
  3. Understand the difference between palliative care and end of life care
  4. Understand the key issues and principles of Palliative Care
  5. Understand the importance of advance Care planning around Palliative Care and what this involves
  6. Gain an understanding of Healthcare workers role & other healthcare professionals involved

Palliative Care Training Course Outline

1: Understanding Perspectives on Dying

  • Explore the factors influencing how individuals perceive dying.
  • Learn how personal beliefs and cultural backgrounds impact end-of-life care approaches.
  • Develop empathy and understanding to provide sensitive support.

2: Introduction to Palliative Care

  • Define palliative care and its role in comprehensive care for individuals with serious illnesses.
  • Discover the core principles guiding palliative care practices for symptom management and emotional support.
  • Understand the importance of a holistic approach to enhance patients’ well-being.

3: Differentiating Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care

  • Recognize the distinctions between palliative care and end-of-life care.
  • Learn when and how to transition to end-of-life care to ensure appropriate and compassionate support.
  • Provide comfort and dignity during the final stages of life.

4: Principles of Palliative Care

  • Explore the fundamental principles of palliative care, including pain and symptom management, emotional support, and enhancing quality of life.
  • Understand the importance of addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
  • Foster a caring and supportive environment for patients and their families.

5: Advance Care Planning in Palliative Care

  • Examine the significance of advance care planning and its role in honoring patients’ preferences.
  • Develop effective communication strategies to facilitate conversations about end-of-life wishes and decisions.
  • Ensure patients’ values and choices are respected during their care journey.

6: Roles of Healthcare Workers and Other Professionals

  • Understand the critical roles of healthcare workers, caregivers, and other professionals in delivering palliative care.
  • Emphasize the importance of a collaborative approach to provide comprehensive and coordinated support.
  • Enhance the patient and family experience through compassionate care.

The Palliative Care Training offers valuable insights and skills for healthcare professionals and caregivers to deliver empathetic and comprehensive end-of-life care. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of perspectives on dying, the principles of palliative care, and the significance of advance care planning. By fostering a collaborative and compassionate care approach, participants will be better equipped to provide support and comfort to patients and their families during this sensitive stage of life.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. To discuss the factors that impact someone’s view of death and dying
  2. Explain the purpose of advance planning and what it covers
  3. Explain the role you have in Palliative Care

Q& A about Palliative Care Course

Will attending this training make me competent?

In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency – be very wary of anyone claiming they can.

Our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency.

We will be sure to provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency proformas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy.

What equipment will you use for training?

We have a variety of different training equipment and tools available.
The training will be relevant and transferable. However, if you have a specific requirement for a particular type of equipment, please make this clear during the booking process, and the team will ensure this is provided.
Alternatively, we can use your own equipment for training.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care means a specialised approach to healthcare that focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals with serious illnesses. It aims to provide comprehensive support and relief from symptoms, pain, and emotional distress, regardless of the stage of the disease.

Palliative care is provided by a team of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists, who work together to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and their family.

The goal of palliative care is to enhance comfort, promote dignity, and offer compassionate care throughout the illness journey. It can be provided alongside curative treatments and is tailored to each person’s unique preferences and goals.

What is end of life  Care?

End-of-life care is a form of palliative care offered to individuals in the final stages of their life. The main objective is to provide comfort and support to both the person who is dying and their loved ones. This specialized care can be given in different settings, such as hospitals, homes, or hospices.

No, end-of-life care (ELCA) training and palliative care training are not the same. Palliative care is a broader term that encompasses end of life care, but it also includes care for people who are living with a life-limiting illness but may not be close to the end of their life. ELCA is a specific type of palliative care that is provided to people who are in the final stages of their life.

End of life care can include a variety of services, such as:

  • Pain management
  • Symptom control
  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • Advance care planning
  • Care coordination
  • Support for family and caregivers

What is the difference between End-of-Life Care and Palliative Care?

End-of-Life Care and Palliative Care share a common goal of providing compassionate care, but they differ in timing, focus, and treatment approach.

End-of-Life Care is specifically tailored to patients in the final stages of life, while Palliative Care aims to enhance the quality of life for individuals with serious illnesses at any stage.

Palliative Care also considers the curative treatments patients may receive and focuses on symptom management and emotional support. Both forms of care involve the patient’s family and aim to preserve dignity and comfort during challenging times.

Characteristic End of life care Palliative care
Focus The final stages of life Any stage of a life-limiting illness
Goals To provide comfort and support to the person who is dying and their loved ones To improve the quality of life for people living with a life-limiting illness, regardless of their prognosis
Interventions Pain management, symptom control, spiritual and emotional support, advance care planning The same as end of life care, plus interventions to help people cope with the challenges of living with a life-limiting illness


What are the 5 stages of palliative care?

The 5 stages of palliative care are often referred to as the “Palliative Care Approach,” and they outline the progressive levels of care provided to individuals with serious illnesses.

These stages are not rigid or strictly sequential, as the focus and intensity of care may vary based on the patient’s needs and condition. The stages are as follows:

  1. Identifying Needs: Healthcare providers find patients who might need palliative care and assess their medical condition and emotional needs.
  2. Relieving Symptoms: They focus on making the patient feel better by managing symptoms like pain, nausea, and tiredness.
  3. Talking and Deciding Together: Providers talk with patients and their families to make decisions about treatments that match the patient’s wishes and beliefs.
  4. Working Together: A team of different specialists works together to give the patient the best care possible, looking after their physical and emotional needs.
  5. Supporting Families: After the patient passes away, the care team continues to support the family during their grieving process.

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