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1 Improving end of life care Sue Cole, Staff Tutor Chris Kubiak, Lecturer The Open University

2 Introduction Death and dying: an educational approach to improving aspects of end of life care The module is mapped to the EoLC competences Available since 2009, sponsored students 2010 Four blocks, each with a specific focus End of life care certificate Transforming care short courses

3 Module evaluation On completion of the module Designed to explore the impact on practice, including the competences Electronic questionnaire and follow-up telephone interviews Provide quantitative and qualitative data Report drawing together the findings

4 Outcomes ~ 1 Identified benefits:  Communication  “Since taking the course I start a conversation much sooner and have the confidence to take it where the patient wants to go.”  Assessment and care planning  “I never used to think about planning but now I follow the procedures and preparation especially if I see signs and symptoms of a patient changing. Prior to the course it was mainly crisis management but now there is more planning.”

5 Outcomes ~ 2  Symptom management  “It has made a massive difference to managing symptoms and we now have drugs available in the building for out of hours and arrange a GP visit if needed.”  Advanced care planning  “I am more likely to begin discussion earlier to establish wishes and record them using the Preferred Priorities of Care document.”  Overarching values and knowledge  “We used to put a cross and a bible and flowers on/near people who had died. Now we would not automatically do this, it would depend on their religion and if they were practising.”

6 The future Responding to different practitioner and employer needs 40 hour short courses Fully online Non-accredited Self-directed Responsive and contemporary

7 Improving end-of-life care

8 Underpinning theory and reflection

9 Examining practice and service user experience

10 Self quiz, action planning and statement of participation

11 Further information Google: K260 Death and dying KG001 Improving end of life care Sue Cole: Chris Kubiak:


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