Difficult Conversations at the End of Life

08 Mar 2022 09:30 - 16:30 Medical Education Centre, Kirkland's Hospital, Fallside Road, Bothwell Free

Difficult Conversations at the End of Life

Workshop Programme

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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.

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

• Critique and apply relevant literature/ theory on effective communication

• Identify ways of increasing communication effectiveness in their own practice


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

Difficult Conversations at the End of Life

Date: 08 Mar 2022
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 

Dr Lucy Hetherington

EC4H Tutor

Dr Lucy Hetherington is a Specialty Trainee in Palliative Medicine. She graduated from The University of Leeds in 2008.  During her time at University formal training in communication skills including the use of role play was becoming increasingly recognised as an essential part of the undergraduate syllabus. Experiencing this ignited her interest in clinical communication and in training methods. She furthered this interest by attending a Train the Trainer course in 2012, an EC4H course in 2014 and later trained as an EC4H course tutor in 2015