The pack, which has been released ahead of Dying Matters Awareness week (18th-24th May 2015), is the result of the project’s conclusion that people involved in delivering end of life care (EoLC) find it helpful to talk to other workers and people with the experience of using those services, as it helps them understand how they could work together to provide better care and support.
The project brought together a wide range of people from different backgrounds including professionals and people with experience of end of life care. A network of people, identified as being committed to improving end of life care and known as “champions”, were brought together in a series of workshops to explore their own experiences and discuss what mattered to them. A number of common themes emerged from these conversations, which have been translated into a set of key messages. This work has in turn formed the basis for all resources and films included within the training pack, now available to download from http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/eolc , including;
- ‘It helps to talk’, a film looking at the importance of communication. The fictitious film is based on real-life experiences, telling the story of a person with Motor Neurone Disease who conveys her end of life wishes to her son and sister.
- PowerPoint ready-made presentation for individuals to conduct their own training
- ‘Practical messages for front line workers’ an interactive PDF
- Educational project resources including Key Messages hand-out, Project Summary and Project Guidance.