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Principles of Palliative Care course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCGP, elfh, NHS

Helping patients to die with dignity and with minimal distress is one of the fundamental aspects of medicine. This session provides an overview of palliative care available in the community in the UK.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in February 2022.

Learning objectives

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

  • demonstrate knowledge of the principles of palliative care and how it applies to both cancer and non-cancer illnesses
  • provide and manage 24-hour continuity of care through various clinical systems
  • demonstrate awareness of the key health service policies that influence healthcare provision for palliative care
  • work closely with other healthcare professionals in providing palliative care

Most GPs have one or two patients with terminal disease at any one time, although these patients often require a disproportionate amount of GP involvement. On average 47 weeks of the final year of life are spent at home.

Instructors / Speakers
Chantal Simon,
General Practitioner. The Banks and Bearwood Medical Practices. Bournemouth

Chantal is a working GP at The Banks and Bearwood Medical Practices in Bournemouth and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She has formal academic training with an MSc from Southampton University in Research in Health and a PhD exploring the effects of community support on the psychological health of informal carers.

Chantal has been involved with education since 1999 when she became the lead author and founder editor of the Oxford Handbook of General Practice, which is now in its fifth edition. In 2007 she founded the Royal College of General Practitioner's educational journal, InnovAiT, which she edited until 2017.

Chantal is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster Centre for Resilience involved in research and educational activities promoting the wellbeing of healthcare professionals.

Max Watson,
Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Lecturer in Palliative Medicine

Max  is currently a lecturer in palliative medicine at the University of Ulster, consultant at the Northern Ireland hospice and honorary consultant in palliative medicine at the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher. He is also the special adviser to the hospice friendly hospitals programme in Dublin and Director of Project ECHO at Hospice UK in London

He is co-author of the Oxford handbook of Palliative Care, Oxford Core text Oncology, The Oxford GP Library Pain and Palliation, London and Belfast Palliative Care Guidelines and series editor of the Oxford specialist end of life handbooks.

Max is the originator of the Princess Alice certificate in Essential Palliative Care which has trained over 1000, doctors and nurses since it began in 2001 and is now running in Nepal, India, Kyrgystan as well as three centres across the UK.

Principles of Palliative Care course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Palliative care, Pain Management and Palliative Care
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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