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In 2017 a series of commissioned courses (by Health Education England (South London)) was designed to meet the challenges and needs of staff across St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust in caring for cancer and end of life patients with mental health co-morbidity. Supporting staff working in these clinical areas has been amongst the recommendations following the 2016 CQC inspection.
This course aims to improve awareness and identification of common mental health co-morbidities in cancer patients at the end of life. Inter-professionally, participants will develop relevant, evidence-based assessment and management skills of a range of co-morbid mental disorders including depression, suicide risk, delirium and dementia, psychoses and other forms of agitation and demonstrate improved confidence in these clinical areas. Additionally generalisable skills are developed for nurses, doctors and AHPs in having difficult conversations, breaking bad news, de-escalation of agitation and creating dialogue with patients about treatment plans with patient wishes at the centre of the decision making process, .
The Simulation centre and an expert faculty facilitate a series of lectures, workshops & group activities, intertwined by immersive simulations with highly skilled actors as patients/relatives to generate professional discussion about practice in an inter-disciplinary training environment.
New Courses are being delivered here locally throughout 2018. Courses are free for St Georges Trust Staff, but will require the relevant authorisation by line managers and educational supervisors.