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P-66 Development of an advance care planning training programme utilising online learning
  1. Mary Kirk1,2,
  2. Stephen O’Connor3,
  3. Matt Hart3,
  4. Racheal Black4,
  5. Ali McCarthy5 and
  6. Suzz Keith6
  1. 1Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, Maidstone, UK
  2. 2University of Kent
  3. 3Canterbury Christchurch University
  4. 4Demelza Hospice Care for Children
  5. 5Wisdom Hospice Rochester
  6. 6Pilgrims Hospice, East Kent
  7. 7Ellenor Hospice
  8. 8Heart of Kent Hospice


The project involved development of an online learning programme to enable early discussions about patient preferences at the end of life. The developed training programme has a broad focus on planning for future care and death with information regarding dementia, care homes, mental capacity and the importance of future planning and the legal aspects of planning individual needs and wishes. The project group using best evidence and developed separate units within the programme. This training enables Advance care planning, preventing inappropriate referral or admission to acute services; it aims to reduce the pain, anxiety and distress of those people whose focus is on cure rather than care; and an increase inthe locus of control which patients and family members can exert over the dying process. This project worked on the basis of ’no decision about me without me’, aiming to help individuals to be better informed about their deteriorating disease, consulted about their preferences with regard to end of life care and to have opportunity to discuss options with those responsible for their care.

The project was innovative in bringing together community services, specialist palliative care providers from across Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University with funding secured from Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex to work collaboratively to develop the online training programme which is accessible to all via the University Website.

The programme can be accessed at


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