Public Health Palliative Care for Specialist Registrars

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Why is Specialist Registrar Training needed?

The basis for the public health approach draws on the theory, evidence base and practice methods of public health, including community engagement and development, prevention, harm reduction and early intervention. With the increasing relevance of its application, the training curriculum for Specialist Registrars in palliative care in the UK now includes the public health approach, woven into a number of different aspects of training. In order to help trainees meet the learning requirements of the curriculum, Compassionate Communities UK has developed an educational module covering all the required areas.

What does the training involve?

Broad learning outcome for trainees:

Understand the theoretical basis for public health palliative care and be able to utilise these principles in clinical practice:

1. Develop a theoretical basis of the history and practice of public health palliative care

2. Apply the principles of public health palliative care in clinical practice

3. Understand the context of death, dying, loss and care giving as a social experience which has medical aspects

4. Understand that death, dying, loss and care giving has positive outcomes in addition to sadness and loss.

5. Understand that a population based approach gives a different perspective to service provision, particularly where access to services is unequal.

6. Be able to plan services which provide equity of access.

Specialist Registrar training will have 3 different delivery modes:

1. There will be a full training day covering aspects inc circles of care, harm reduction, relationships & health, clinical compassionate community skills

2. A series of four 1 hour lectures inc; vulnerable groups & equity, bereavement, service redesign and research methods

3. The practice and application of clinical skills that will be reviewed as part of a group 2 hour workshop

*Monthly Echo Reflection Sessions

In addition, we will have a monthly Echo reflection session, open to all past and present SpR and MDT course attendees, held on a Tuesday @ 1pm. These hour long sessions are an open invitation to discuss relevant issues and topics, whilst also providing support to fellow colleagues in similar circumstances.

Who delivers the training?

Professor Allan Kellehear – Clinical Professor, University of Vermont, USA

Dr Julian Abel – Director, Compassionate Communities UK

Dr Libby Sallnow, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Camden, Islington ELiPSe and UCLH & HCA Palliative Care Service

Dr Joseph Sawyer, SpR Palliative Care and PhD candidate, UCLH