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End of Life Care for Pharmacists

This day will be of interest to registered pharmacists working within hospital, community, hospice and GP practice

Due to an aging population living with co-morbidities, pharmacists require confidence in their ability to offer end of life care which is of a high quality. Whatever setting or practice, the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients who are approaching end of life and their families or carers will be needed.

This day will be centred around the NICE Quality Standard QS144 for Care of the Dying Adult in Last Days of Life. The day will cover:

  • Management of symptoms at end of life,
  • Difficult conversations,
  • Use of syringe pumps and the subcutaneous route,
  • Opioid conversions,
  • Deprescribing



Location: Sobell Study Centre

Educational Credits:


Fiona Dorrington
Macmillan Principal Pharmacist Palliative Care
based at Thames Hospice and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Mel Presland
Consultant Pharmacist in Palliative and End of Life Care
based at Sobell House and Katharine House Hospices.

Course Programme

This programme may change...

0900 Registration opens: tea and coffee available
0930 Welcome and introduction
0940 What is good EoLC?
1000 Assessing signs and symptoms: Recognising dying,
Symptoms at EoL – case study
1100 Emergencies in palliative care
1115 Coffee
1130 Anticipatory prescribing: just in case bags/boxes, unlicensed/off-label prescribing,
1215 Communication: Difficult conversations at EoL
Shared decision making including advanced care planning, DNACPR/ReSPECT
1300 Lunch
1330 Deprescribing at end of life: case study
1415 Opioid conversions, symptom management: quiz
1515 Tea
1530 Syringe pump: workshop on CME T34
1615 Summary and evaluation
1630 End of day

Course Aims

By the end of the day, participants will :
• Recognise symptoms which may suggest that a patient is entering the last weeks of life.
• Feel confident in opioid conversions and the use of medications via the subcutaneous route.
• Increased confidence in working with the multidisciplinary team to advise and provide high quality care.
Provide evidence for GPhC CPD and RPS Faculty e-Portfolio

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