Course opens: 1st September

(Materials will be available for two months – ie until 30th October 2022)

Delivery: entirely online

Study time involved: 8 hours (or more with optional activities), to be done at your own pace

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

Cost: £30

(Organisation licences are now available for 2023 –  to give staff access to all courses for the whole of 2023 – contact us for details)

Course details
This course is designed for all members of the clinical team, and has also proved of interest to managers and anyone interested in law and ethics. It takes you through key professional guidelines and recent court cases, and invites you to reflect on your own values and approach to patients. This course will give you a firm grounding in the legal and ethical issues concerning best interests around serious medical treatments for PDoC patients, particularly clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration.

Learning outcomes

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

  • recognise your own values and feelings about life-sustaining treatment and how these could influence your approach to patient care
  • outline key principles from the Mental Capacity Act and spell out how these relate to decisions about life-sustaining treatment
  • recognise an ‘Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment’ and explain the difference between this and a ‘Best Interests’ decision
  • outline the responsibilities of different roles such as Attorney and Deputy, and know how to involve family appropriately in decision-making
  • understand how to draw up a ‘best interests’ balance sheet about serious medical treatment
  • reflect on recent court cases and discuss the implications for clinical practice
  • navigate the latest professional guidance from the Royal College of Physicians and the British Medical Association
  • contribute to, or draw up, an action plan to improve best interests decision-making within your team or organisation.
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 how you use that.
  • Organisations buying 5+ places, if you wish to be invoiced instead of staff making individual purchases then email us. We also run bespoke courses which include in-person workshops. Contact us for details.

Students on placement: 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.