Blog March 2017 – "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

This month’s blog focuses on two innovative training materials that have recently been released to support those working with clients in their last year of life.

The first of these is Homeward Bound, which recently had its film premier at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and I was honoured to be invited as the ADASS representative. The film is part of an educational pack for frontline staff and is based on the difficult experiences that Seth and Lesley Goodburn had during Seth’s fight with aggressive pancreatic cancer. It is an excellent resource and available on the NCPC website.

I would appreciate it if you could spread the word about this resource and would strongly encourage you to use it in your training plans for staff who work directly with people approaching the end of their lives.

At the film premier I met Jacqui Graves from Sue Ryder, who happened to alert me to the second of these training resources, focusing on Human Rights and EOLC. Sue Ryder has worked closely with the British Institute of Human Rights to create this new resource for health professionals and is also offering interactive training workshops on this topic. These workshops will use established case law to facilitate discussion and provide a pragmatic way of putting theory into practice. The aim is to deliver high quality of care that is person-centred, accountable and balances the needs of individuals against the needs of others and the wider community.

Evaluation conducted following initial training has already shown some excellent results. All respondents considered themselves to have “above average to excellent knowledge” after the training. At the start of training 91% of attendees said that human rights were relevant or very relevant in some areas of their work. By the end of the course this had increased to 100%.

The training and guide to nurses and other health professionals is being delivered thanks to a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

I again urge you to find out more about this offer and take up the opportunity to engage in this important free training.  Details can be found here.

I will conclude by sending out a challenge to you all. I am aware that there are excellent and innovative training resources available across the system and I strongly urge you to share and showcase these. I shall endeavour to include these in future blogs. All of the resources mentioned above will be added to the Knowledge Hub in due course.

Thanks again for your support and keep up the good work.

John Powell