Education Framework: Nurses Specialist

SPECIALIST nurses  who spend the majority of their time in palliative care
UNIVERSAL and TARGETED competencies plus SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TRAINING AVAILABLE
COMMUNICATION

Ability to communicate effectively with CYP and their families, managing complex challenging discussions

Ability to support other staff in effective communication

Ability to deliver complex information

Guides and supports others to improve communication skills

Ability to build  relationships to enable the CYP and their family  to express feelings

Ability to discuss issues of quality of life

Advanced Communication Skills training eg Connected

Palliative Care modules, level 6 and 7

Opening the Spiritual Gate

ASSESMENT and DIAGNOSIS

Ability to recognise deterioration in CYPs condition

Awareness of available resources to support CYP and their families in achieving best quality of life

Ability to review and manage symptoms

Knowledge of theories of grief, loss and bereavement and it’s manifestations

Palliative Care modules, level 6 and 7

Opening the Spiritual Gate

Palliative care diploma/MSc

CARE PLANNING

Ability to act as resource to support others

Ability to discuss and negotiate goals with CYP and families

Ability to chair MDT to develop and evaluate care for CYP and their families

Ability to critically appraise and use research and audit to determine evidence of best practice as a rationale for prescribed care

Palliative Care modules, level 6 and 7

Opening the Spiritual Gate

Palliative care diploma/MSc

Local and national courses

CARE DELIVERY

Ability to provide 24hr support packages to CYP at the end of life in the home

Being up to date in developments in palliative care including symptom management

Ability to provide teaching opportunities

Ability to Identify gaps in provision and raise within appropriate forums

Ability to analyses complex family situations and tailor care

Palliative Care modules, level 6 and 7

Opening the Spiritual Gate

Palliative care diploma/MSc

Local and national courses