Advance Care Planning with people from LGBT communities: how can we do better?

Advance Care Planning with people from LGBT communities: how can we do better?

Natalie Koussa, Director of Partnerships and Services, Compassion in Dying turns a light one of the key barriers to good, compassionate end of life care facing members of the LGBT communities.

Advance care planning is a fundamental aspect of ensuring that everyone receives
personalised, compassionate care when living with life-changing illness and towards the end
of their life. Research demonstrates the positive impact of advance care planning: in addition
to increased satisfaction with overall care, people receive fewer aggressive medical
interventions, have fewer hospital admissions and benefit from increased use of palliative
care services (Postgrad Med J, 2016).

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Difficult Conversations driving research into effective communications training

Difficult Conversations driving research into effective communications training

Dr Jonathan Koffman & Lisa Jane Brighton of KCL Cicely Saunders Institute take a look at the results from the first steps of a research collaboration with Difficult Conversations.

One area of care we know is of great importance to patients and families is communication: what they are told, the manner in which they are told, and very often what they are not told. Evidence shows that having conversations about the end of life, before the end of life, can be beneficial in terms of satisfaction with care and compliance with patients’ wishes. However, we know these conversations happen infrequently, are poorly conducted and are a frequent common complaint around end of life care in the UK.  This is not acceptable.

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Let’s talk about it…..let’s not assume

Cathy Miller, Head of Education and Professional Development, NHS Blood and Transplant, considers the Government’s consultation on an ‘opt-out’ system of consent for organ donation, and why discussing your wish to donate can save lives.

Around 1000 people die each year across the UK in need of a transplant

But more than 6500 people are currently waiting for a transplant

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Difficult conversations have a crucial role in effective care planning

Difficult conversations have a crucial role in effective care planning

According to the General Medical Council’s report, The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2016, doctors at all levels are feeling under pressure and in need of support. Pressured work environments can have a negative impact on professional standards and on the wellbeing of doctors. The level of dissatisfaction among doctors seems to be higher than ever before. Furthermore, 12% of GMC cases leading to sanction or a warning in 2011-2015 related to some form of communication failure.

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11 essential tips to help you handle those difficult conversations

11 essential tips to help you handle those difficult conversations

Dr Catherine Millington Sanders, GP and RCGP and Marie Curie National Clinical End of Life Care Champion, shares her experience on having difficult conversations.

I recently had to explain to a woman that she was dying of metastatic breast cancer. She was a single mother with two beautiful children. Unfortunately, for so many of us, these types of difficult conversations are a daily part of our job.

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