About this event

  • Date and time Thu 8 Apr 2021 from 9:00am to 30 Jun 2021 at 3:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Palliative Care

This 6 day course is spread over 6 webinars and will provide a robust grounding in all aspects of therapeutics in palliative medicine. Each of the webinars will consist of two 2 hour sessions, making up 24 hours altogether of incredibly valuable content.

Days 1, 2 and 3 of the course are framed around the World Health Organisation analgesic ladder, pharmacology of step I, II and III drugs and co-analgesics, current evidence base, and application in clinical practice. The programme is supplemented by talks on specialist topics from experts. These specialist topics vary from year to year and have previously included: management of seizures, pain control in substance misusers, pain physiology and cord compression.

Days 4, 5 and 6 are broadly themed. The three topic areas are: metabolic and endocrine abnormalities, gastro-intestinal day including management of nausea and vomiting and bowel obstruction, drug management of anxiety, depression and terminal agitation. Included over the 3 days are specialist topics from expert speakers such as prescribing in patients with liver failure, renal impairment, recognition and management of delirium.

Pharmacology is a key theme woven into the programme, this ensures that participants have a thorough understanding of how drugs work and how they are handled by the body.

The course is highly interactive using a variety of teaching methods. The core group of tutors (Independent Teaching Group for Palliative Medicine, ITGPM) is supplemented by guest speakers.

Due to the success of last year's event, we recommend booking your place quickly to avoid missing out.

Agenda

Thursday 8 April 2021

Welcome and introduction

Dr Clare Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Imperial NHS Trust 

WHO ladder: Evidence base and guidelines

Dr Sarah Yardley, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust 

Pharmacology 1: Pharmacodynamics and kinetics

Dr Clare Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Imperial NHS Trust and Mrs Melinda Presland, Consultant Pharmacist, Palliative and End of Life Care, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Palliative Care Emergencies

Dr Antonia Field-Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, West Middlesex University Hospital

Lunch break
Step I drugs: Pharmacology II

Dr Clare Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Imperial NHS Trust 

Step II opioids: Pharmacology II

Dr Clare Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Imperial NHS Trust 

Drugs off licence, off label, CDs; taking CDs abroad; CDs and driving – new guidance from DVLA

Mrs Melinda Presland, Consultant Pharmacist, Palliative and End of Life Care, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Closing remarks
Monday 26 April 2021

Welcome and introduction
Step III opiods

Dr Clare Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Imperial NHS Trust and Sarah Freason, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Clinical lead for Palliative Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Methadone

Dr Clare Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Imperial NHS Trust

Lunch break
Opioid conversions

Ronika Patel and Rachel Craig

Summary session and hot topics on opioids

Dr Clare Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Imperial NHS Trust

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Welcome and introduction
Session one
Lunch and comfort break

Two hours

Session two
Close of webinar
Friday 21 May 2021

Welcome and introduction
Session one
Lunch and comfort break

Two hours

Session two
Close of webinar
Thursday 3 June 2021

Welcome and introduction
Session one
Lunch and comfort break

Two hours

Session two
Close of webinar
Wednesday 30 June 2021

Welcome and introduction
Session one
Lunch and comfort break
Session two
Close of webinar

Location

Online

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