Communication Challenges in Oncology & Palliative Care

24 Aug 2022 09:30 - 16:30 Seminar Room 3, Education Centre, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary Free

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A one day interactive workshop for staff working in Oncology or Palliative care, which aims to equip participants with the skills and confidence to have better conversations in challenging situations.

This workshop is for NHS Dumfries & Galloway staff only


Participants will work in a small peer group and address communication drawn from their own clinical practice, teaching and management roles. Common challenges addressed during the programme are:

• Discussing complex or distressing information
• Shared decision making & informed consent
• Taking over care from colleagues – effective handovers
• Managing complex negotiations
• Handling anger, emotional distress, collusion or denial
• Addressing and preventing complaints: talking to patients and families involved in adverse events
• Discussing future care planning, CPR and other treatment options
• Addressing poor performance by trainees, colleagues or other members of the clinical team
• How to enhance effective teamwork

Learning Outcomes

This clinical communication workshop offers participants the opportunity to:

• Review their current practice in relation to communication in clinical practice and with colleagues and other staff.
• Identify personal learning objectives and develop strategies for addressing these within a peer learning group.
• Critique and apply relevant literature/ theory on effective communication.
• Consider and take account of patient/carer/colleague perspectives.
• Identify and practise ways of increasing communication effectiveness.
• Exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues


Seminar Room 3, Education Centre, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary

Communication Challenges in Oncology & Palliative Care

Date: 24 Aug 2022
Time: 09:30 - 16:30

Tutor team

Dr Ross Warwick

EC4H Lead Tutor

Ross is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lead for Clinical Health Psychology and part of the Staff Psychological Support Service established during the pandemic. The service aims to improve the welfare of staff members, the function of teams, and the overall culture of the Health and Social Care Partnership. EC4H corresponds neatly with this service, giving colleagues an opportunity to refine their communication skills in a safe and supportive environment. Ross completed the EC4H Clinical Communication Tutor Training in 2016.

Dr Alison Almond

EC4H Tutor

Alison is an Associate Specialist in Renal Medicine in Dumfries where she has worked for 22 years. As lead for Kidney Care Planning services communication plays a huge roll in her work- explaining treatment options to patients in a way they can understand, so they can make decisions that are right for them. This includes explaining when treatment options are failing so having discussions about end of life care is a large part of this. She has also recently taken on a role as Clinical supervisor to some of the Juniors Doctors in Dumfries and views communication skills as an on going learning curve for us all,something that can always be improved and adapted to all aspects of life in general as well as work. She trained as an EC4H tutor in 2017.