Pharmaceutical Principles at the End of Life
Due to an aging population living with co-morbidities, pharmacists and other prescribers require confidence in their abilities to offer end of life care which is of a high standard. Whatever the setting or practice, the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients who are approaching the end of their life, and their families and carers, will be needed
Underpinning these skills are good communication skills – these will be considered in an interactive, safe manner during the session
This session will be of interest to registered pharmacists, paramedics, non-medical prescribers, AHPs and primary care staff working in all areas.
*For those working in Health Education England South East region we may have discounted places for you - please email to enquire!*
Fiona Dorrington, Principal Pharmacist
Melinda Presland, Consultant Pharmacist
Kate Butcher, Education Lead, OxCERPC
+ Course Programmes
Joining & Registration 8:50 – 9:00
Session 1: 9:00 – 9:30 - Welcome and introduction + What is good EoLC? (30 minutes)
>We will consider what ‘a good death’ may look like
>Gain an understanding of the need to individualise care to each patient
>Consider your personal thoughts and feelings on EoLC
Session 2: 9:30 – 10:20 Assessing signs and symptoms: Recognising dying symptoms at EoL
>Approaching important conversations
Break 10:20 - 10:30
Session 3 - 10.30-12.00 Let's talk about it!
>Working with distress
>Responding to cues
>Facilitating & Blocking behaviours
Session 4 – 12:30 – 13.00 Anticipatory prescribing: just in bags/boxes, unlicensed/off label prescribing
>Anticipatory prescribing: Which drugs & when?
>Associated documentation for anticipatory prescribing
>Use of drugs outside of their product license: implications & practicalities
Session 5 – 13.00-13.40 De-prescribing at end of life
>The process of ‘de-prescribing’
>Which drugs & when?
>To stop/reduce or replace?
>When to contact the specialists
Session 6 – 13.45-14.40 Opioid conversions, symptom management
>Not all opioids are equal: opioid conversion
Final comments & Close: 14.40-14.45