Out of hours palliative care

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Suitable for:

  • Professionals

Format: E-Learning

For professionals involved in the delivery and coordination of out-of-hours (OOH) care.

This modular course is based on the education section of the Macmillan Out-of-Hours Toolkit

Users can dip in and out of the course topics according to relevance and personal preference.

Key Themes

  • Communication issues
  • Management of cancer pain in primary care
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation and malignant bowel obstruction
  • Hypercalcaemia
  • Diabetes in palliative care
  • Palliative care emergencies
  • Respiratory obstruction
  • Acute haemorrhage
  • Management of convulsions
  • Delirium in palliative care
  • Malignant spinal cord compression
  • Superior vena cava obstruction
  • The syringe driver: basics
  • Commonly used drugs in the syringe driver
  • Diagnosing dying
  • End of life care
  • The Liverpool Care Pathway
  • Drug access in palliative care
  • Death verification


The Macmillan OOH toolkit is the end product of an extensive process of collaboration between the Macmillan primary care community, service users and experts in the field of OOH care. The course was developed in conjunction with BMJ Learning

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