Palliative Care MasterClass 4

04 May 2023 - 05 May 2023

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 1A, 'The basics of neurology', and module 1B, '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 2, 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.

If you do not meet the criteria for this meeting, there will be the option to purchase on demand in June 2023. More details TBC.

Please note: International delegates (those practicing outside the UK) are only able to apply for the virtual option of this 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

Programme- last updated 08/03/2023

Course cost

In person: £630 incl. VAT*
Virtual: £480 incl. VAT*
All delegates must pay a non refundable deposit of £150 before they get access to the online virtual education.
This is also open to international delegates for virtual only.

*VAT is charged at the standard UK rate of 20%


Please note accommodation is not included in the course cost. Accommodation will be available at the Jonas Hotel; The Endcliffe Village, Endcliffe Cres, Sheffield S10 3ER
Rooms at Jonas Hotel are £65 per night including breakfast (costs are subject to change). Once you have completed the application form, should you require accommodation, you will be contacted with regard to payment.


  • October 2022 : Launch of online modules 1A & 1B

  • 4 & 5 May 2023: Module 2: in-person course

Our sponsor
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This meeting has been part funded by sponsorship from Zambon UK Limited. The sponsor has had no control over the educational content or the organisation of this meeting.

Dr Ed Richfield
Consultant in elderly medicine, North Bristol NHS Trust
Ruth Stross
Head of nursing, Neurology Academy
Dr David Okai
Clinical lead in neuropsychiatry, consultant neuropsychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Jennifer Casson
Team leader for the advanced dementia support team, occupational therapist, End of Life Partnership
Viv Horton
Advanced clinical pharmacist neurosciences, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Karen Harrison Dening
Head of research & publications, dementia UK and admiral nursing, professor of dementia nursing (honorary), De Montfort University, Leicester
Georgina Carr
CEO, neurological alliance
Sue Thomas
Independent healthcare consultant, NHS England Clinical Reference Group Member Neurology, Neurosurgery & Spinal Surgery
Prof David Oliver
Honorary Professor, Tizard Centre, University of Kent
Dr Rachel Farrell
Consultant neurologist, National Hospital, Queen Square
Sarah Roderick
MS nurse specialist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Sean White
NIHR clinical doctoral research doctoral fellow, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Alice Rogers
Junior Doctor
Dr Richard Genever
Consultant physician & movement disorders lead, Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Dr Lara Teare
Clinical lead for neurology, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire
Ellie Garlick
MS specialist nurse, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Tim Jackson
Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust
Prof Iracema Leroi
Professor of geriatric psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin & Faculty, GBHI
Daisy Cam
MS specialist nurse, Sheffield teaching hospitals
Dr David Paling
Honorary strategic director, MS Academy & consultant neurologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Clara Domínguez Vivero
Clinical neurologist, galician health service, pontevedra, Spain, Atlantic Fellow in Equity for Brain Health, GBHI
Dr Irina Kinchin
Health Economist with expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, Global Brain Health Institute
Dr Jessica Besbris
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre
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.