There are many things you can do to support patient discussions about dying and end-of-life care. Think about some of these ideas.
- Do you have a patient who has not yet started a discussion about their end-of-life care or their future? Be proactive: start a dialogue. Even if that dialogue is that a discussion needs to happen soon. Provide some ideas for them to think about in formulating their preferences for care. You can look at the How to discuss prognosis and end-of-life issues factsheet for ideas.
- Tell your colleagues about the End-of-Life Essentials Education Modules and Toolkit.
- Add end-of-life issues to your team meeting agenda. Share a couple of points that you learnt from the End-of-Life Essentials Education Modules with your colleagues. Watch Imogen Mitchell's video on Dying in the 21st century. It only takes a minute to start to think about the need for change.
- Make a training request via your supervisor, or via your organisation’s training manager for specific workplace training on end-of-life care.
- Ask your team if they would be willing to write a case study on a patient’s end-of-life care (half a page to one page – dot points or write as a narrative/story), detailing what went well and what didn’t go well, what you did and what - on reflection - you wished you had done. Share these stories with each other and take it in turns to share with the group one thing you will do in the future to ensure quality end-of-life care. With the permission of your colleagues, share your stories on the End-of-Life Essentials ‘Tell Us Your Story’ page.
My Toolkit contains ideas, suggestions and other resources to help you maintain your knowledge about end-of-life care and facilitate discussion and engagement in your practice setting. Please find below a checklist with ideas for action and an associated sheet of resources. You can download these resources for use in your workplace.
Download Module 1: Dying, A normal part of life
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Last updated 4 April 2018