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13.05.15

New training pack encourages people to talk about end of life care

A new training pack has been launched to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of working together to support people at the end of their lives.

The training resource is the result of the ‘Working Together, improving end of life care through better integration’ project which concluded that people involved in delivering end of life care find it helpful to talk to other workers and people with the experience of using those services, as it helps them understand how they could work together to provide better care and support. 

Led by Skills for Care and in partnership with Skills for Health and the National Council for Palliative Care, the project brought together a wide range of people from different backgrounds including professionals and people with experience of end of life care.

This work has in turn formed the basis for all resources and films included within the training pack, now available to download at: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/eolc

The training resource includes: 

  • ‘It helps to talk’, a film looking at the importance of communication. The fictitious film is based on real-life experiences, telling the story of a person with Motor Neurone Disease who conveys her end of life wishes to her son and sister.
  • PowerPoint ready-made presentation for individuals to conduct their own training
  • ‘Practical messages for front line workers’ an interactive PDF
  • Educational project resources including Key Messages hand-out, Project Summary and Project Guidance.

Anne Barrett, Skills for Health associate, said: “These new resources help to extend the supportive environment and enthusiasm for best practice generated in the workshops – and put this into daily working practice. End of life care is a sensitive subject area but not one that should be ignored; the key messages that were developed will help those in the front line within every day practice provide even better care. 

“We want patients to worry less about their health and make the most of every day, knowing that they have the support they need.”

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