Palliative care may be challenging issue for you to deal with as a pharmacist, but it is inevitable that you will have patients that are nearing the end of their life. You may not know how to talk to someone who is in the last days of life and you may be unsure of how to approach their carers. This page will help you to gain confidence in having these difficult discussions and allow you to develop your consultations skills so that you can treat these patients and their carers and families with respect and dignity.
CPPE have a number of resources to allow you to broaden your knowledge on this subject. If you prefer learning as part of a group then we have workshops or you could visit the palliative care floor on theLearningpharmacy website. There are also some learning resources you can download from the CPPE website if you prefer. To give you the full picture we also signpost you to some external content that will give you a broader understanding of palliative care treatments.
The aim of this programme is to support pharmacy professionals to provide an appropriate person-centred pharmaceutical service for people during palliative care, and for their carers.
To facilitate your learning, we have structured the course into six units. Some units are larger than others, but we estimate that you will need to commit an average of three hours of learning for each unit.
24h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)
Learning Outcomes:On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
Pharmacy professionals may be drawn into or have to initiate various difficult discussions. This e-learning programme builds on CPPE’s basic communication and consultation skills learning programmes to help staff undertake more difficult discussions with patients and others.
6h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)
On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Fundamentals of palliative care programme and assesses you on the learning outcomes within that programme.
Why should I do this assessment?This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Fundamentals of palliative care programme. Access and successful completion will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. It may also provide evidence for achieving competencies in Foundation or Advanced Pharmacy Frameworks. If you are working towards completing a Declaration of Competence for a pharmacy service, successful completion of this assessment will provide evidence of your learning.
Pharmacists need to understand the range of medicine support that they and their teams can provide to palliative care patients and their caregivers.
Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in palliative care and can be a source of important information and support for patients at the end of life. Health professionals caring for patients with advanced illness should develop skills for communicating with patients, and their families and carers.
Opioids are commonly administered as part of end-of-life care. Pharmacists should know how to select, initiate and optimise opioids to best meet patient needs.
The monthly updated Palliative Care Formulary online provides essential independent information for health professionals about drugs in palliative and hospice care. It includes unlicensed (unlabelled) indications and routes, and details about the administration of drugs by continuous subcutaneous infusion.
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