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Opioids at End of Life course for Allied Health

Speciality Classification
Allied Health
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Pain Medicine RCA, British Pain Society

This session covers the use of the most effective analgesics available to us in one of the settings where they are most appropriate – at the end of life. Opioids have been in use longer than most other medicines and our knowledge of them continues to evolve. Although there are now concerns with their use in long term pain conditions, when used according to guidelines, they are appropriate for pain management at the end of life.


By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • State what palliative care offers
  • Recognise the causes of cancer pain
  • Describe how opioids are usually introduced in end of life care
  • List the benefits of fentanyl
  • State when opioid injections are indicated
  • List the safety issues associated with opioid use

Instructors / Speakers
Margaret Gibbs,
Lead Palliative Care Pharmacist

Margaret is lead palliative care pharmacist for Ashtons, supporting the clinical pharmacists who provide a service to the seven hospices served by Ashtons.

Prior to this Margaret was appointed as the first in-house pharmacist at St Christopher’s hospice and provided a clinical pharmacy service to the wards and homecare teams with support from the staff at Beckenham Beacon. She instigated a Pharmacy Interest Group which became the Medicines Optimisation group, a multi-disciplinary meeting overseeing governance and clinical aspects of medicines use.

She has contributed to publications including the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. Margaret set up the Association of Palliative and Supportive Care Pharmacy, now a 200 strong organisation and affiliated partner with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and arranged their first dozen conferences

Opioids at End of Life course for Allied Health
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Pain management, Pain Management and Palliative Care
Provider Type
Education Provider
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