How can you best support families of patients with Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness and what can you learn from them? What are your legal duties to consult? How can efforts at assessment and rehabilitation be explained? What are the challenges and how can you improve communication and relationships? This course is especially valuable to anyone working with PDoC patients and their families in hyper-acute, rehabilitation and long-term care settings.

Delivery: entirely online

Study time involved: between 4 to 7 hours, to study at your own pace

Assessment: self-assessment quizzes & reflection; auto-generated CPD certificate on completion

Cost: £40 (Provides individual purchasers access to course for 8 weeks)

Learning outcomes

​By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • reflect on your own and your colleagues’ feelings about working with the families of PDoC patients
  • empathise with a wide range of challenges families confront
  • identify diverse perspectives that people may have about their relatives’ condition and treatment
  • outline some of the potential differences between professional and family perceptions of therapies
  • develop strategies to bridge gaps between professional and family perceptions/expectations
  • outline the legal obligations to consult with those who care for the person or are interested in their welfare
  • list a range of resource available to families needing further support & know how to navigate these to develop your own future practice.

Additional optional CPD exercises will develop your ability to critically evaluation with academic research in this area.

How to purchase
  • Individuals: use the ‘buy now’ button above & set up your student account (The ‘username’ you choose will display in learner chat). If your organisation has given you a coupon code this is also how you use that.
  • Organisations can  purchase all year round access and multiple places at reduced rates, contact us for details.

Placement students: we offer 10 free places for placement students. Email your request to Professor Jenny Kitzinger providing 3 or 4 lines about yourself, your placement and why you’d like to join the course.