Macmillan offers free palliative care training for home staff

A recently revised training programme exploring palliative and end-of-life care is being made freely available in Scotland by Macmillan Cancer Support.

It has already been delivered to large-scale providers such as BUPA and Meallmore and has proved popular with participants.

Suzanne Nimmo, Learning & Development Manager, Scotland for Macmillan explained: “We are offering free training for care home staff, but the resource is suitable for other health and social care professionals within other care settings.

“The Foundations in Palliative Care, it was originally developed in conjunction with the Open University in 2005 and was completely updated in 2017.”

The programme is delivered using four workbooks covering topics such as principles of palliative care, communication, pain and symptom management (which recognises the challenges of caring for the person with dementia) and bereavement care. People can apply for the pack through Macmillan’s online learning platform, Learnzone.

BUPA care staff who attended the training

Suzanne said: “One thing to bear in mind is that it’s a facilitated programme. If people with palliative care experience want to deliver it themselves after they’ve spoken with us that’s fine. However, we are able to offer two expert trainers in palliative care, to deliver this course free of charge to groups of 10 or more.”

Notably, BUPA and Meallmore received a “train the trainers” course. This means that their own staff are now able to go out and deliver this programme to their colleagues.

“Since being revised the programme contains the very latest information on palliative and end-of-life care, and we believe that this should be available to all that need it,” concluded Suzanne.

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