Challenging Conversations: DNA-CPR and Treatment Escalation Plans

06 Nov 2023 13:00 - 17:00 Kirklands Medical Education Centre Free

A half day interactive workshop for senior doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, charge nurses and other senior health professionals working within NHS Lanarkshire. Participants will work in a small peer group and address communication challenges drawn from their own clinical practice and 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, DNA-CPR and Treatment Escalation Plans.


We look at effective ways to help people think and plan ahead. Clinicians need to be able to talk about emergency treatment and care planning (e.g. Treatment Escalation Plans and ReSPECT), goals of care, and planning for care around dying, including DNACPR discussions.

The RED-MAP framework supports these conversations.

Learning outcomes

In this advanced clinical communication workshop participants will:

• Communicate sensitively and effectively with people and those close to them about serious illness, stopping treatment, deteriorating health and DNACPR
• Respond to anger, distress, collusion and other complex emotions
• Communicate information about risk clearly and effectively with a wide range of patients and families.
• Communicate the benefits and limitations of treatment in a balanced way.
• Manage patients and families who have unrealistic expectations of treatment and outcomes.
• Use decision aids to support effective communication and complex shared decision-making
• Respond to complaints about clinical decision-making and consent

Kirklands Medical Education Centre

Challenging Conversations: DNA-CPR and Treatment Escalation Plans

Date: 06 Nov 2023
Time: 13:00 - 17:00

Tutor team

Dr Eve McCann

EC4H Lead Tutor

Dr Eve McCann is a Specialty Doctor in Care of the Elderly. Eve joined the EC4H Tutor Team in June 2018

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.