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Recently, following course feedback and some piloting work, the Advanced Communication Skills Courses were relaunched in a 2-day format. Dr Pauline Leonard who leads the initiative, reports the background here:
There have been questions from some about the requirement for peer review to complete an approved 3-day communication skills course. Many have previously completed similar courses and were wondering whether they still need to comply. Dr Pauline Leonard has updated us with the following:
For those who have ever done a 3 day communication course using actors and video feedback or one of the Fallowfield/ MGuire/Wilinson courses, and can show attendance (not just saying they did it), that evidence can be sent to the central team for verification and if approved they will be peer review approved until a refresher course is ready.
You can obtain further information at the Connected website here.
Prompted by the findings of NCEPOD reports into deaths within 30 days of systemic anticancer treatment, and also deaths within 96 hours of admission to hospital, a joint RCP/RCR working group is now developing a framework that would enable timely and appropriate decision making for patients with cancer who present to emergency care services. This work will support the development of acute oncology services and the end of life care initiatives. Expertise within the group is drawn from oncology, haematology, internal medicine, emergency medicine and critical care; primary care and palliative medicine; nursing and patient/carer representatives.