tEACH webinar, “If you were to get worse…” Goals of Care Conversations in Acute HealthCare Settings


Mandy Williams and Kim Taylor

Almost one third of patients admitted to hospital for acute care are likely to die within the next 12 months. It is important that as health professionals we are able to identify patients who are approaching death due to progressive illness or frailty on admission to hospital. This will enable us to initiate conversations soon after admission about their condition and discuss care options that reflect patient’s goals, values and priorities.

Holding skillful patient-centred conversations with patients approaching the end of life can have a profound impact on patients’ quality of life and experience. Evidence shows that these ‘goals of care’ conversations can:

  •  Reduce unwanted escalations of care at the end of a patient’s life
  •  Improve clinicians’ documentation and delivery of patients’ preferences, including their preferred place of care at the end of their life
  •  Reduce emergency hospital admissions and make good use of NHS resources

In this workshop Mandy & Kim share content and experiences from the newly launched 2 day course designed specifically for mid-grade doctors, nurses and AHP’s who have these challenging conversations with patients in acute care settings. The workshop asks you to consider how do we identify these patients, what is currently happening in your service areas and what support/training is provided for healthcare professionals to have these conversations? You will experience some of the activities and resources from the course and there will be opportunity for questions, discussion and sharing of ideas.

Mandy works as a Senior Tutor in Clinical Communication Skills on the undergraduate medical course at Cambridge University Hospitals Trust and as an independent coach and trainer on postgraduate communication skills courses.

Kim is a simulated patient and simulated patient trainer with over twenty years involvement in medical education. Kim has extensive experience in breaking bad news and end of life care training with healthcare professionals across specialties and disciplines.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

This event is part of a monthly series organised by tEACH – the teaching subcommittee of EACH.

You can view the flyer here

Date/Time 25 Oct 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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