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The material has also been used successfully in other parts of the UK and so far over 400 students, mostly GPs, have successfully completed the course.
An independent evaluation was carried out by two academic sociologists two years after the course began. This was to determine if the GPs who had completed the course were aware of it having changed their clinical practice.
Many nurses working in palliative care, both as community and specialist nurses, now have prescribing skills. We plan to make this course more accessible to them in future. The course outcomes will be the same as they are for GPs.
A number of other areas in the UK are running the course this year with their own funding arrangements. We are grateful for the continuing support of Macmillan.
- The average GP will have to deal with 15–20 predictable patient deaths a year, of whom only five are likely to have had cancer. See our infographic on Pintrest|.
- 400: The number of students, mostly GPs, who have successfully completed the course.
- One tutor employed for 3–4 hours per week can support 10 students.
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2. Royal College of General Practitioners. Curriculum Statement 12|. January 2010.
3. Watson M. Principles of palliative care|. InnovAIT. 2008; 1(4): 250–256.
4. Higginson I and Sen Gupta GJA. Place of care in advanced cancer. Journal Pall Med. 3:287-300.
5. Munday D and Dale J. Palliative care in the community|. BMJ. 2007. 334:809.
6. Jackson S and Stevenson C. Practical Palliative Care for General Practitioners - final report to Teesside University and Macmillan Cancer Relief. 2004. (Unpublished).
Email Dr John McPhee|, Course Director or email Jill Banks Howe|, Principal Lecturer on End of Life Care at the School of Health & Social Care, Teesside University.
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