This e-learning has been developed by a team of people including clinicians, researchers & lecturers. Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings led the development, working with Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Dr Geraldine Latchem-Hastings and Professor Celia Kitzinger . Meet our ‘avatars’ below.  As you work your way through the course you will also see video comments from a wide range of clinicians and allied health care professionals who have generously contributed to this course.

The course on ‘Caring for PDoC Patients’ has two versions: one for professionals looking for CPD, the other for university students. Choose the one that suits you. If you are looking for CPD training then you are welcome to apply to  join the Autumn run. A link to an application form will be available soon. To see the schedule for the previous run here:  Download previous ‘CARING FOR PDOC PATIENTS’ Course Outline

If you are a lecturer considering adopting the course to use with students at your university contact Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings for information – her email is



This course is currently mid-run (following temporary suspension due to Covid-19. We will be completing the course run in September/October and then will be organising another complete course run following that.

To register your interest in joining the course in future please email


This resource is for healthcare staff working with patients in a vegetative state (VS) or minimally conscious state (MCS) following severe brain injury.  The resource is useful for a wide range of professionals wanting to engage more with issues around diagnosis, basic care provision, family experiences, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, best interest decision-making, and some of the underlying ethical and legal issues.


This resource is about the care of patients in a vegetative state (VS) or minimally conscious state (MCS) following severe brain injury. It’s been made for health care students and covers issues such as: diagnosis, treatment interventions, communication with families, the impact of the media, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, best interests and end of life decisions.

If you are a lecturer or a student who’d like free access to this course, please email Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings at