Do you feel prepared to deliver end of life care?Watch
I’m Lorie from the General Medical Council. My role is to help medical students and doctors understand how our guidance is applied in practice and how to deal with the ethical challenges you will face throughout your career. End of life care is likely to be one of the most challenging areas of your training.
That’s why this year, we’re running an end of life care campaign to help doctors and medical students tackle the emotional and ethical complexities of caring for patients who are expected to die in the next 12 months.
As part of this, we want to know how prepared you feel for the sensitive issue of dealing with patients who are approaching the end of their lives. We have created a quick survey for you to complete. This isn’t a formal consultation, but it’s a chance to tell us how you feel about this area of your education, and for us to identify where there may be chance to help with this.
Your response will help us to continue to make sure you get the best possible training for your future careers, so please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. The survey is now open until 9am Monday 2 May and you can find the survey here. If you have any questions about our work or guidance on end of life care, please do let me know.
Thanks so much to those of you who took a few minutes and completed our end of life care survey. Initial results were presented at the Dying Matters Debate last week and reported in the Telegraph over the weekend - you can see the story here.
Because of the great feedback we received, we have decided to reopen the survey to let more of you share your experiences and views.
Had you received any training before first meeting a patient who was approaching the end of their life? What has your medical school done that has really helped you in this area of your training? What still worries you?
If you haven't already filled in the survey, you can complete it here. It will close (for good this time) on 5 June 2016. We are using your feedback to help identify opportunities to better support you in your training so please do share! If you have any questions about the survey or any of our work on end of life care, do get in touch.