Symptom Assessment & Management Course

Symptom Assessment & Management

Session One: The Fundamentals
During this session we shall explore the importance of gathering information prior to the commencement of care planning or management. We will take a closer look at Holistic Assessment, consent to care and share, collaborative care planning, Anticipatory Care Plans (ACP), Power of Attorney (POA), Adults with Incapacity (AWI) and Preferred Place of Care (PPC). We shall also explore the essential function and involvement of the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).

Session Two: Assessment & Rehabilitation
During this session we shall explore in more detail the principles and tools underpinning the assessment of the more common symptoms experienced in advancing life limiting illness. We shall explore the role of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) when measuring symptom severity and burden, alongside the Assessment of Function and Performance, Goal Setting and the importance of sustaining and engendering Hope.

Sessions Three, Four & Five: The Symptoms
Throughout the next three sessions we shall hear from key experts when taking a long angled view of those symptoms that can present a complex picture. Each symptom will be presented using a tripod approach: Pathophysiology, Assessment & Pharmacological and Nonpharmacological methods of Management. Sessions will include Pain, Pain Assessment – both mainstream assessment and of the cognitively impaired, the WHO Analgesic Ladder, Opioid Toxicity and Switching, Fatigue, Nausea and Vomiting, Breathlessness, Altered Bowel Function and Delirium and Agitation.

Session Six: Care at End of Life & Care After Death

The course will provide opportunity to consider and analyse your level of confidence and competence surrounding holistic symptom assessment and management, whilst being updated on what to do and how to do it…

This six-part course will be facilitated by Hospice Palliative Care Specialist Staff

Everyone deserves the opportunity to realise their God given potential
Hilary Clinton


Course Info

Audience: Professionals working at both a ‘Skilled’ and ‘Informed’ Level of Health and Social Care
Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th April and 2nd, 9th May 2019.
Time: 10:30 – 14:30
Venue: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice


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