National Study Sessions 2021: Enhanced supportive care

October 2021 via Zoom

Join our National Study Sessions this October to explore enhanced supportive care (ESC) in pancreatic cancer. We’ll be running a selection of free, virtual events throughout the month on: symptom assessment and management; effective communications; emotional support; end of life care; and models of practice in ESC.

Find out more about each session and book your place(s), by clicking on each of the events below.

Symptom assessment and management, Thursday 7th October, 9 - 11am


Sign up to this session to explore the assessment and management of pain, fatigue, nausea and constipation in pancreatic cancer patients. Please note, this session won’t specifically cover nutrition and dietetic support as we cover this in more detail in other events throughout the year.

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Agenda

  • 09.00 – 09.10: Welcome and introduction
  • 09.10 – 10.00: Symptom assessment and management – Daniel Monnery, Palliative Care Consultant at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and NHSE National Clinical Advisor for ESC
  • 10.00 – 10.15: Supporting patients in practice – Helen Upfold, HPB CNS, Forth Valley Hospital
  • 10.15 – 10.30: The role of the CNS in ESC – Steph Gooder, Lead HPB CNS, Stepping Hill Hospital
  • 10.30 – 10.55: Q&A
  • 10.55 – 11.00: Close

Who is this session for?

Suitable for all healthcare professionals working with patients with pancreatic cancer.

What can I expect to learn from this session?

Increase your knowledge, understanding and confidence of assessing and managing common symptoms in pancreatic cancer including pain, fatigue, nausea and constipation.

Effective communications, Tuesday 12th October, 2 - 5pm


Come along to explore the key principles of effective communications and consider how these apply to your practice with your pancreatic cancer patients. From breaking bad news and having difficult conversations to checking understanding and building rapport with your patients in the current climate. This session will be delivered by Accredited Counsellor, Jonathan Hartley and our Specialist Pancreatic Cancer Nurses.

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Who is this session for?

Suitable for all healthcare professionals working with patients with pancreatic cancer. The session is particularly relevant for roles responsible for breaking bad news and having difficult conversations, including (but not limited to):

  • Oncologists
  • Surgeons
  • GPs
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Palliative care nurses and consultants

What can I expect to learn from this session?

  • Understand the principles of effective communications and how these apply to your own practice
  • Enhance your existing communication skills
  • Grow your confidence and build your skills in having difficult conversations with patients and their loved ones
  • Get tips for building rapport with your patients

Our speaker: Jonathan Hartley

Jonathan is a registered BACP accredited counsellor, consultant, clinical supervisor and trainer. He has worked for over 25 years in psychosocial support for patients and family facing life-threatening illness and supporting health and care professionals working in the same field.

Emotional support, Tuesday 19th October, 9am - 12pm


Join this session to explore how you can provide emotional support to your pancreatic cancer patients, while looking after yourself. The session will look at: the emotional implications of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis; listening and supportive skills to empower your patients; depression in pancreatic cancer; knowing when and how to direct your patients to expert support; harnessing resilience in patients, their loved ones and yourself; and self-care.

This session will be delivered by the Psycho-oncology Team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: Dr Alex King, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Caroline Johnson, Macmillan Clinical Psychologist, Dr Padraig Cotter, Macmillan Clinical Psychologist, Dr Anneka Holden, Macmillan Clinical Psychologist and Sarah Noakes, Counselling Psychologist in Training.

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Who is this session for?

Suitable for all healthcare professionals working with patients with pancreatic cancer. The session is particularly relevant for:

  • Oncologists
  • Surgeons
  • GPs
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Palliative care nurses and consultants

What can I expect to learn from this session?

  • Increase your understanding of the impact of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis
  • Enhance your listening and supportive skills
  • Grow your confidence in emotionally supporting your patients
  • Be able to recognise when to refer your patient to further support and how to do this
  • Get tips on how to look after yourself and your colleagues

End of life care, Tuesday 26th October, 3 - 5pm


Sadly, around 9,000 people die from pancreatic cancer every year in the UK. In this session, Dr James Davies, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Terri Gazi, Lead CNS, from City Hospice Cardiff will cover key areas of end of life care to ensure patients with pancreatic cancer receive the best support and care they need at this time. They’ll discuss advanced care planning, practical and emotional support, nutritional management, communications, recognising symptoms of end of life, symptom control and preparing for end of life.

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Who is this session for?

Suitable for all healthcare professionals working with patients with pancreatic cancer. The session is particularly relevant for roles working closely with pancreatic cancer patients in the later stage of their pathway including but not limited to:

  • Palliative care nurses
  • Community nurses
  • GPs
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists

What can I expect to learn from this session?

  • Awareness of the key elements of Advanced Care Planning
  • The practical and emotional support to offer patients at this time
  • What nutritional support is required
  • Understanding of the importance of and how to communicate clearly with patients and their loved ones
  • How to recognise the symptoms when a patient is reaching the end of their life
  • Tips to effectively support patients with symptom control

Models of practice in ESC, Thursday 28th October, 9 - 10.30am


Book onto this session to find out about different models of enhanced supportive care from across the UK and how these are influencing practice and patient experience. We’ll hear from:

  • Dr Jo Bowden, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at NHS Fife on their Supportive Care pilot
  • Sinead Benson, HPB CNS at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool, on their ESC service
  • Gilly Barringer, ESC CNS and Anne Munton, Lead ESC CNS at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, on their ESC service

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Who is this session for?

Suitable for all healthcare professionals working with patients with pancreatic cancer interested in hearing about enhanced supportive care models. This session is also relevant for Cancer Alliances and local health bodies.

What can I expect to learn from this session?

  • Understand different models for supportive care delivery
  • Inform your own practice and get top tips by hearing what your peers are doing across the UK

How do I register?

All you need to do is click the event(s) you wish to attend below (or above) and fill in the Zoom registration form. You’ll then receive an automatic email via Zoom with the joining details.

Book: Symptom assessment and management, 7th October

Book: Effective communications, 12th October

Book: Emotional Support, 19th October

Book: End of life care, 26th October

Book: Models of practice in ESC, 28th October

If you have any questions or if you’re interested in presenting, please get in touch with us at hpnetwork@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

FAQs


What platform will the sessions be hosted on?

The events will be held on Zoom Webinar. After you book, you will receive an email via Zoom with the joining details. You can join on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone – any device with an internet connection.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can also dial in from a standard telephone.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes. After each event, we will email all registrants with a link to the recording and presentation slides. So if you’re unable to join the live session, you will be able to catch up at a later date. For the best experience, we recommend joining live.