Challenging Conversations at the End of Life (May)

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

A one-day, interactive workshop for medical trainees. 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 (May)

Date: 01 May 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 Alastair Brown

EC4H Tutor

Mr Alistair Brown is a consultant general surgeon with interests in surgical critical care and anticipatory care planning. He regularly teaches on critical care courses (a key component of which is communication skills) both in the UK and abroad. He has undergone training with Effective Communication for Health in Edinburgh and trained as a tutor in November 2016. He has taught communication to a variety of postgraduate groups as part of the critical care teaching. GMC number 3542039