Palliative Care MasterClass 2022

01 Oct 2022

Our Palliative Care MasterClasses are uniquely designed for healthcare professionals to develop a dual skillset in neurological palliative care. Ideally suited to experienced healthcare professionals within Neurology, Medicine for the Elderly, and Palliative Care: including doctors and specialist trainees, specialist nurses, therapists and allied health professionals.

Course overview

Dual-specialism is rare in the UK when compared to the United States, and yet a dual skill-set in these two areas can improve quality of care and confidence of practitioners. This course offers a unique opportunity to develop just that across neurology and palliative care.

Palliative care specialists will receive a strong grounding in neurology and be equipped to apply their experience to the specific challenges that come with advanced neurological conditions, from communication to medication, complex symptoms to cognition.

Meanwhile, neurology specialists can hone their understanding of palliative and end of life care and feel confident applying palliative principles from diagnosis onwards, compassionately supporting patients in understanding and preparing for 'a good death' in time.

About the course

Delivered in a unique hybrid learning format, the first modules of the course are virtual. Available at the point of successful registration, they can be accessed in the delegate's own time and at their preferred learning pace.

Module 1, 'The basics of neurology', and module 2, 'The basics of palliative care' can be accessed entirely, in part, or not at all depending on the delegates' own knowledge and abilities. Additional resources further round out the learning as required, and the modules are completely self-directed.

All delegates are expected to tailor their virtual education element so that they arrive at module 3, a 2-day residential course, with a strong grounding in both palliative care and neurology, to allow for deep-dive education and complex case discussion during this final module.

Providing an approach to neuro-palliative care within the framework of four common neurological conditions: Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), dementia, and motor neurone disease (MND), the course uses case-based learning and expert panel discussion to look at the specific aspects of palliative and end of life care pertaining to each condition, as well as examining common cross-condition challenges experienced in neurology at the end of life.

Learning objectives across all delegates:

For delegates with a background in palliative care:

  1. To develop a more in-depth knowledge of common neurological conditions as a basis for palliative interventions (multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's, dementia and motor neurone disease (MND).)
  2. To gain understanding of common management strategies for these neurological conditions
  3. To understand symptom and disease-specific interventions via case-based learning to support clinical practice

For delegates with a background in neurology:

  1. To understand basic palliative care principles and their application in neurology
  2. To gain insight into neuropalliative care and how it fits into current practice
  3. To understand symptom and disease-specific interventions via case-based learning to support clinical practice

As well as the following across all delegates:

  1. To develop a greater knowledge of how to update existing and augment new models of care, national guidance and existing pathways
  2. To discuss how we can collaborate to utilise recent national reports to improve services ( for example GIRFT, NNAG)
  3. To share experience and learning across peers and begin to reduce variance in palliative care provision
  4. To facilitate professional development through upskilling and the development of peer networks

Who is this course for?

Uniquely designed to create a neuro-palliative dual specialism, this course is ideally suited to anyone with a specialism in either palliative care or neurology, and will cater to the needs of each individual's background.

Consultants or specialist trainees and specialist nurses from Neurology, Medicine for the elderly or Palliative care, experienced therapists and allied health professionals working in any of these fields will greatly benefit from this bespoke course.

'Developing dual skills across neurology and palliative care has the potential to improve the quality and depth of care and support available to people with a neurological condition and to offer professional development.'

Dr Ed Richfield, Consultant Geriatrician, North Bristol NHS Trust

View our previous 2020 MasterClass programme

Download now (Palliative-Care-MasterClass-2020-programme.pdf)


  • October 2022 : Launch of online modules 1 and 2

  • May 2023: Module 3: in-person course

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For every person, at any stage

Palliative Care Academy challenges the idea of palliative care as a late-stage service. Whilst recognising the practical nuances and bespoke approaches needed in palliative care for people with dementia, Parkinson's, MS and motor neurone disease respectively, the Academy promotes a holistic and positive approach to palliative care at any stage of any condition.