Having Better Conversations in Challenging Situations webinar: Breaking Bad News

26 May 2022 10:00 - 11:15 Online attendance Free

A free webinar for NHS Western Isles staff which helps support staff to have better conversations when breaking bad news to patients and families.

This online session allows participants to watch a real time interactive demonstration led by EC4H tutors. Participants will have the opportunity throughout the demonstration to contribute suggestions and feedback to the tutor team via the chat box

This webinar is open to NHS Western Isles staff only


Jane Spencer, 62, diagnosed with oesophageal cancer 4 weeks ago. She has undergone staging investigations with a view to having curative surgery. PET scan unexpectedly identified 2 asymptomatic liver metastases. Surgery is no longer an option and cancer is incurable. Jane was due to go to the mainland for an oncology appointment but has contracted Covid and is self isolating. The CNS calls her to let her know the results of the scan




Having Better Conversations in Challenging Situations webinar: Breaking Bad News

Date: 26 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 11:15

Tutor team

Dr Tamasin Evans

Senior Tutor

Dr Tamasin Evans is a consultant clinical oncologist in the Edinburgh Cancer Centre. She attended an EC4H senior doctors’ communication course in 2008 and has then joined the EC4H senior tutors’ group. GMC number: 4116646

Gail Allan

EC4H Lead Tutor

Gail is the Lead Nurse, Specialist Nursing in NHS Western Isles. She completed her EC4H tutor training in October 2021. Her interests are in Anticipatory Care Planning and promoting realistic conversations. NMC: 82H0689S

Joan MacKay

EC4H Tutor

Joan McKay is a Clinical Practice Trainer for NHS Western Isles, specialising in education and clinical skills. Joan joined the EC4H tutor team in 2021

Donna Young

EC4H Tutor

Donna is a cancer and palliative clinical nurse specialist in the Western isles. She has been involved in promoting the importance of effective communication in advanced care planning and also the education of student nurses. More recently she completed her tutor training with EC4H in March 2022.