Challenging Conversations at the End of Life (June)

17 Jun 2024 09:30 - 16:30 Medical Education Centre, Kirkland's Hospital, Fallside Road, Bothwell Free

A one-day, interactive workshop for medical trainees, senior doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals. Participants will work in a small peer group and address communication challenges drawn from their clinical practice and their educational roles. Particular focus will be on initiating conversations about deteriorating health, people’s priorities and plans for future care such as hospital treatments options, further admissions, clinically assisted nutrition or hydration and CPR.

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This workshop is open to NHS Lanarkshire staff only

Learning Outcomes

In this advanced clinical communication workshop participants will:

• Review their current practice in communicating with patients, families and other professionals about deteriorating health and care planning

• Identify personal learning objectives and develop strategies for addressing these within a supported peer learning group

• Identify ways of increasing communication effectiveness in their own practice


Medical Education Centre, Kirkland's Hospital, Fallside Road, Bothwell

Challenging Conversations at the End of Life (June)

Date: 17 Jun 2024
Time: 09:30 - 16:30

Tutor team

Dr Kerry McWilliams

EC4H Lead Tutor

Dr Kerry McWilliams is a consultant in Palliative Medicine in NHS Lanarkshire. She graduated from Glasgow University in 2005 and was appointed as a consultant in 2015. During her specialty training in the West of Scotland she thoroughly enjoyed particpating in an EC4H course herself and was delighted to undergo tutor training in 2018. Currently acting as lead tutor, she enjoys the challenge and new learning experience that comes with each course. Her interests include Anticipatory care planning and promoting informed decision making.

Dr Jack Fairweather

EC4H Tutor

Jack Fairweather is a nephrologist and general physician based in the Renal Unit at University Hospital Monklands; and Lead Clinical Trainer with the Department of Medical Education in NHS Lanarkshire. He has a breadth of experience in education and an interest in training, and undertook a Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellowship with NHS Education Scotland and RCPSG in 2018-19. His current practice includes acute inpatient renal medicine, general medicine, medical high dependency, kidney care planning and long term dialysis, along with general nephrology. He undertook EC4H tutor training in 2023.