A new elearning session on engaging effectively about advance care planning with people from ethnically diverse backgrounds has been added to the end-of-life care for all programme.
The session aims to build healthcare professionals’ confidence and expertise in supporting people from diverse ethnic backgrounds to think ahead about deterioration and dying at a time and level that is comfortable for the patient.
It is based on findings from the Thinking Ahead Study where more than 70 people from ethnically diverse communities and 60 health professionals shared their experiences of thinking ahead about deterioration and dying, which suggested that patients from these communities access end-of-life care less and later than other sections of the population, and that clinicians may lack confidence in supporting them.
The session was created in partnership with the LOROS: Hospice Care for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to be part of a wider group of resources intended to promote awareness and learning about the key findings of Thinking Ahead Study to explore ways in which doctors and nurses can support patients more effectively at the end of their lives in line with their religious, spiritual and cultural values.
The end-of-life care for all programme, developed in partnership with the Association for Palliative Medicine, is designed to enhance the training and education of all those involved in delivering end-of-life care such as social care workers, support workers, administrative and clerical staff, and volunteers.
For more information and to access the new session, please visit the end-of-life-care for all (e-ELCA) programme page.