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Palliative Care Link Groups

Each locality in North Cumbria has a Palliative Care Link Group. The Groups bring together Health Professionals from Community Hospitals, District Nurses and Nursing Homes, along with the Macmillan Nurses. These groups consider training topics, case studies, reflective sessions, teaching skills and resource issues. Anyone interested in these groups can contact: Fred Lightfoot Palliative Care Education Facilitator Cockermouth Cottage Hospital Isel Road Cockermouth CA13 9HT, Tel: 01900 324141, e-mail Fred.Lightfoot@ncumbria.nhs.uk

Palliative / Cancer Care Workbooks

A Palliative / Cancer Care Workbook is available for Support Staff, which has been produced by the Northern Cancer Network. The Work Books cover key areas in Palliative Care and comes with supporting information sheets and a supporting text book. The material can be used for evidence at NVQ level 3. For more information contact: e-mail Fred.Lightfoot@ncumbria.nhs.uk

Palliative Care Services Study Sessions

East Cumbria – Carlisle Infirmary
West Cumbria – West Cumberland Hospital

Practical Palliative Care for General Practitioners: Cumbria Faculty

The practical palliative care for General Practitioners course was developed in Teesside in 2001 by Dr. Neil Reynolds, Macmillan GP facilitator in palliative care and GP at Yarm, Teesside, in response to the palliative care educational needs of local GPs.

The course is designed to provide you as a working general practitioner with evidence-based or best practice knowledge and skills in caring for your patients with palliative care needs. Particular emphasis is given to caring for patients at the end of their life. The course has the specific purpose of empowering practitioners to improve their practice of palliative care. Its focus is on the practical care of patients.

For the next two years, the North of England Cancer Network and Macmillan are supporting the evaluation of this course across the North of England Cancer network, so places are presently heavily subsidised.

Course components and timetable

The course is run from October to April each year, and has three components:

  • Topic based weekly electronic distance learning assessments – 10 modules, marked by a tutor with feedback to the GP.
  • A one week attachment with the local palliative care service – hospice / specialist palliative care unit.
  • Completion of a reflective log book constructed on a patient managed by you. This will form the major part of the overall assessment.

The course is accredited with the University of Teesside (30 credits) and successful students will be awarded the University Certificate in Professional Development.

Below are given further details about the three components of the course.

Please note!

This course is delivered electronically. All course materials and feedback are sent via e-mail and via the Teesside University electronic ‘Blackboard’ system. To do the course, you will need an e-mail address and access to the Internet.

Topic based learning modules

These commence in the first week of October and run through to December. There are 10 weekly modules, delivered by electronic distance learning. The topics covered are as follows:

Week Topic
1 Communication / Breaking Bad News
2 Pain 1
3 Pain 2
4 Nausea & Vomiting
5 Syringe Drivers
6 End of Life Care
7 Palliative Care Emergencies
8 Palliative Care of Non-Malignant Conditions
9 Ethics
10 Bereavement

Hospice / specialist palliative care unit attachment

This is a one week attachment to your local hospice or specialist palliative care unit. Attachments are usually between January and April, and you will be asked to contact your local unit (see below) and fix a mutually agreeable week. Flexibility will be considered for part-time general practitioners. Part of the attachment will involve specific syringe driver training.

Reflective case study

This involves the submission to the University of a 4000-5000 word case study on a patient looked after by you. The patient may be from general practice or from your hospice / specialist unit placement. You will receive guidance to help you with the case study. There is a deadline for the submission of the case study, which will be towards the end of April. Further details will be given to course participants at registration / induction (see below).

For further details see:


Further details and registration of interest (Cumbria general practitioners only) from Mrs Linda Thorogood, RCGP Cumbria Faculty, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven CA28 8JG, Tel: 01946 523421.

E-mail: Cumbria@rcgp.org.uk

Updated January 2012