Workshop Highlights

1.Communication, Law, Ethics and Professional Regulations (CLEaR) Workshop

 

The Communication, Law, Ethics and Professional Regulations (CLEaR) workshop is a 1-day workshop conducted by Clinical Ethics consultants with the aim of advocating a systematic approach to ethico-legal analysis of complex clinical scenarios, as well as performing tactful, empathetic communication in mitigating conflicts amongst healthcare professionals, patients and carers. The workshop utilises a flipped classroom, team-based learning (TBL) pedagogue and has received excellent feedback from participants. CLEaR promises a stimulating and empowering experience for healthcare professionals frequently engaged in end-of-life decision-making.

Topics include:

  • Medical futility and mitigation of futility conflicts
  • Withdrawal and withholding of life-sustaining treatment
  • Euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide and palliative care
  • Mental capacity, authority of families and Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
  • Advance care planning and impact on extent of care determinations
  • Communication pitfalls

 

Who should attend?

Doctors,
nurses,
social workers,
therapists and
other healthcare professionals.

Objectives:

  • Understand ethical principles and local legislatures relevant to end-of-life care
  • Learn a structured approach for ethical case analysis using Jonsen’s 4 Quadrant framework
  • Learn a systematic approach to determine the extent of care for a dangerously ill (DIL) patient
  • Learn a process-based approach to mitigate conflicts

2.Neuropalliative Care Made Easy

 

This interesting workshop will introduce participants to neuropalliative care. Learning will be facilitated through case-based discussions, interactive talks and hands-on sessions.

Topics include:
Palliative care issues in neurology

  • Overview of the trajectory and needs in neurological diseases
  • Management of symptom problems in neurology
  • Background of malignant brain tumours at the end of life
Multidisciplinary approach to Neuropalliative Care
  • Basic food fortification strategies, artificial feeding and screening for malnutrition
  • Feeding strategies, role of pleasure feeding, general Communication strategies, how to use simple augmentative and alternative communication aids
  • Cervical orthoses, spinal orthoses and lower limb orthoses
  • Non pharmacological management for musculoskeletal pain: basic range of motion exercises and stretching, positioning and pressure relief
  • Support services and resources available for patients and their carers - employment services, caregiver resources and financial and counselling resources
  • Holistic nursing care
  • Environment and home modifications and equipment, and wheelchair prescription
  • Home ventilation

 

Who should attend?

Doctors,
nurses,
allied health professionals
with an interest in learning
about neuropalliative care

Objectives:

  • To learn about palliative care issues in neurological diseases and malignant primary brain tumours
  • To be equipped with skills for basic neuropalliative care in clinical practice
  • To collaborate and form a community of healthcare professionals who have an interest in neuropalliative care

 

3.Serious Illness Conversations

 

This training workshop will equip clinicians with communication skills to help with the challenges of having serious illness conversations with patients and families. The Serious Illness Conversation Program offers healthcare professionals a structure and language to talk with seriously ill patients about their goals, values and wishes in advancing illness.

Topics include:

  • Evidence of benefits of serious illness conversations for patients and families
  • Role of healthcare professionals in improving serious illness conversations
  • Systematic barriers to good Serious Illness Communication
  • Components of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide
  • Adaptation of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide in Singapore
  • Practicing how to have a serious illness conversation

 

Who should attend?

Doctors,
nurses,
social workers and
other healthcare professionals who interact with patients who have serious illnesses and their caregivers, especially those who are generalist palliative care providers.

Objectives:

  • Learn about the benefits of serious illness conversations for patients and families
  • Develop your skills in having successful serious illness conversations in clinical practice
  • Describe the challenges to widespread serious illness communication

 

4.Palliative Care Nursing - Management of Complex Palliative Care Issues in the Community

 

This workshop will be grounded in real complex palliative care cases encountered in community practice. Learning will be facilitated through short lecture, case-based discussions with a panel of experienced nurses from palliative care and non-palliative care team involved in the care of the patients, group activities / role-play sessions.

Topics include:

  • Caring for palliative care patients with complex needs in the community: What does it mean? A “Doing” and “Being” nurse? (short lecture, group activities)
  • The roles of community nurses in caring for palliative care patients (e.g. patients with advanced cancer, advanced dementia, end-organ(s) failure, frailty) (case-based discussions):
    • Build awareness through immersion (step into the shoes of the patient)
    • Person-centered care
    • Communication, thinking and reflective skills
    • Care planning
    • Care transition
    • Collaborative care coordination / management and discharge planning
    • End-of-life care / terminal care
  • Attending to nurses’ inner self (group activities)
    • Dealing with professional grief
    • Practical strategies to self-care
    • Informal and formal support available for palliative care nurses in the community

 

Who should attend?

 

Nurses at all levels across care settings.

Objectives:

  • To explore the meaning of “doing” and ‘’being’’ a nurse in caring for palliative care patients with complex needs in the community
  • To recognise the roles of nurses and to be equipped with knowledge / skills in providing person-centered palliative care in clinical practice and in collaboration with community partners
  • To learn practical strategies to self-care

 

5.Use of Music and Imagery (MI) in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

 

This half-day workshop will introduce healthcare professionals to the use of music and imagery in addressing the multi-dimensional needs of patients and families facing serious life-limiting illnesses. Learning will be facilitated through a series of lectures and experiential activity.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) versus Music and Imagery (MI)
  • Different functions of Music and Imagery method for both patients in palliative/hospice care and for caregivers - experiential activity
  • Introduction to the use of music therapy in local palliative care setting

 

Who should attend?

Doctors,
nurses,
social workers,
counselors,
clinical pastoral care clinicians,
art therapists,
music therapists and
other healthcare professionals who have an interest in learning more about the music and imagery method and its use in palliative care setting.


 

6. Psychological Interventions and Techniques in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

 

This half-day workshop will introduce healthcare professionals to the use of music and imagery in addressing the multi-dimensional needs of patients and families facing serious life-limiting illnesses. Learning will be facilitated through a series of lectures and experiential activity.

Topics include:

  • Showcasing the array of psychological interventions used in palliative care
  • Introduction to NT foundations and its application
  • Introduction to CBT concepts and its application

 

Who should attend?

Nurses
and other healthcare professionals
who have an interest in learning more about basic psychosocial interventions and its application in clinical practice.


 

7. Management of Breathlessness

 

This exciting practical masterclass will focus on the management of breathlessness in palliative care. Learning will be facilitated through a series of lectures and hands-on sessions.

Topics include:

  • What is breathlessness and how is it caused?
  • Assessment of breathlessness
  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Pharmacological treatment of breathlessness, including opioids and benzodiazepines
  • Breathlessness intervention services in different settings

 

Who should attend?

Doctors,
nurses,
social workers,
therapists and
other allied health professionals

Objectives:

  • To learn about the mechanism of breathlessness
  • To be equipped with the skills to manage breathlessness in clinical practice
  • To explore innovative ways of delivering services to relieve breathlessness in both cancer and non-cancer contexts