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Education for Healthcare Providers

Sessions and Events

Hospice Peterborough offers educational opportunities for community healthcare providers including guest speakers and webinars facilitated by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and other reputable health service organizations. To join the mailing list to receive notifications about these education sessions please contact Amy at Hospice Peterborough.

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These education sessions do not follow a set schedule, as we like to work with the presenter’s schedule and to tap into the excellent webinars being offered by others. All webinars that we send out will be shown here at Hospice, giving you a chance to be with Hospice staff and other local healthcare providers and have discussions to connect the information to the local context. Some of the webinars will also be available for you to join on your own and will be archived by the hosting organization – so if you can’t make it to Hospice you may still be able to view the webinar.

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Courses

Within Ontario, the interdisciplinary palliative education courses developed by the Southwestern Ontario Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultation Service serve as the gold standard for educating healthcare providers in palliative care. These courses are offered by palliative care professionals through Hospice Peterborough.

Hospice Peterborough’s Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultation Service (PPSMCS) offers three courses every year. To get more information on these courses and when they are offered or to register please contact Louise at Hospice Peterborough.

Core Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care is a certificate program for healthcare providers to develop comfort in discussing all aspects of dying and death. Participants will increase awareness of the eight domains of issues that may impact individuals and families living with or affected by life-threatening illness (i.e. disease management, physical, psychological, social, spiritual, practical, end-of-life care/death management and loss/grief). Formal caregivers are prepared and then challenged to apply strategies to facilitate change in the illness experiences of those that are dying.

The course includes nine hours of classroom learning over six weeks and is based on a case-based and peer-to-peer learning model that includes reflective activities. Note: The Core Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care is a prerequisite for the Enhanced and CAPCE courses (see below).

Enhanced Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care is intended for Nurse Practitioners (NP’s), Registered Nurses (RN’s) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPN’s) with an interest in developing capacity related to hospice palliative care in a clinical setting.

The course consists of two, three-hour classes. Course prerequisite: Core Fundamentals.

The Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) course is designed to align with the Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care: Based on National Principles and Norms of Practice (CHPCA 2013). This course is reflective of best practice, evidence-based hospice palliative care and utilizes knowledge translation strategies to effectively meet the needs of the learners.

There are nine classroom sessions (two to four-hours each) that utilize a case-based, peer-to-peer learning model with approximately 120 hours for the complete learning experience (this will vary slightly depending on individual learning needs).