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End of Life Care

Diversity in End of Life Care

The Woolf Institute developed a Diversity in End of Life Care project, based on a two year research project, which delivers training courses to staff at hospices and hospitals across the country.

The course has proved to be extremely successful, particularly in communities with high concentrations of Muslim and Jewish patients requiring care, and has two key outcomes for hospices:

By helping staff to better understand the varying complexities of faith practices, staff are subsequently able to offer a more compassionate level of care and empathy to patients ­ and their families ­ during the very sensitive period of palliative care.

By equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to respond to situations appropriately and sympathetically, a more efficient service of care can be afforded within the hospice as a whole.

By training staff at hospices and hospitals will subsequently touch the lives of very many patients in their care in the coming years, therefore extending the reach of our course to a greatly increased number of secondary beneficiaries including current and future patients.

The Woolf Institute offers bespoke courses for nurses, doctors, chaplains, volunteers and other professionals that address issues of religious and spiritual diversity in end of life care. This training is delivered through workshops and presentations.

In the past we have delivered training in end of life care to Barts Health NHS Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Free Hospital and the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead. Previous courses have received 6 CPD credits from the Royal College of Physicians.

Expert staff from the Woolf Institute lead the course in conjunction with a qualified panel, including chaplains and medical staff, from the hospital or institution in which the course is offered. Dr Philip Lodge (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead) is the course’s permanent clinical advisor.

For further information, please see the Course Leaflet

Comments from course participants:

  • "The topics covered were essential to my role. This training gave me the confidence to not be afraid to support others: Jews, Christians and Muslims"
  • "All staff should attend, as all have to deal with one or more of these scenarios at some point in their working lives"
  • "The training gave some insight as to how we could possibly deal with certain scenarios in a way that would provide emotional support to the patient and/or relatives"
  • "Vital for all in this area (clinically and geographically)"

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