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International Journal of Healthcare Simulation
A42A palliative care skills study day is an effective way of meeting palliative care registrar curriculum Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPs) requirements

DOI:10.54531/SHJV8931, Volume: 3, Issue: Supplement 1, Pages: A29-A30
Article Type: In Practice, Article History

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Background and aim:

The new Speciality Training curriculum for Palliative Medicine from August 2022 identifies key procedural skills that, for the first time, can be performed in a simulation (SIM) skills lab to demonstrate proficiency [1]. These include tracheostomy care, managing non-invasive ventilation (NIV) and the management of indwelling ascitic drains. These skills can be difficult to acquire in non-hospital settings like hospices and in the community. A bespoke, pilot palliative care skills day was organized to assess the suitability for theory, skills training and subsequent opportunity to demonstrate proficiency by sign off against curriculum competencies.


A total of 11 palliative care trainees from the Northern Deanery attended a pilot SIM study day in March 2023. Three parallel workshops were planned – tracheostomy care, the insertion and management of ascitic drains and managing NIV. Each workshop was delivered by local experts in the area (non- palliative care professionals) with experience of teaching and training other professionals. assessing internal medicine trainees. Trainers were briefed on learning outcomes prior to the session by two palliative care consultants, and the clinical context of each session was set within relevant palliative care environments for e.g. the care of a patient in a hospice, in the community or in a hospital.

Trainee confidence was assessed before and after SIM training with the use of 10-point Likert scales and free text comments.


Overall self-reported trainee confidence and competence scores increased for all three workshops (Paracentesis 7 to 8.8 out of 10, NIV 4.5 to 8.6, tracheostomy care 3.8 to 8.9). All trainees agreed it was an effective and educational way of addressing curriculum objectives; and agreed it should be a rolling programme offered regionally. Trainees commented on the positive learning environment, the small group sizes, the benefit of being taught by experts and having the opportunity to be assessed for curriculum requirements. Trainees who had previously achieved competencies commented on the benefit of refreshing skills. One area for development identified was the lack of standardization on DOPs forms about the level of proficiency required. This will be fed back to the regional training committee for the future. Trainees identified further clinical skills that could be addressed in a skills lab and hence, a second skills day will be organized.


SIM training is an effective tool for delivering training around procedural skills for palliative care registrars. It also brings opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in specific practical skills.

Ethics statement:

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Churm, Snell, Dawson, and Jenkins: A42A palliative care skills study day is an effective way of meeting palliative care registrar curriculum Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPs) requirements


1. Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board. Curriculum for Palliative Medicine Training. Implementation August 2022 (Internet) Available from Palliative Medicine 2022 curriculum FINAL.pdf (jrcptb.org.uk) (Accessed 25th April 2023)