LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENT DECISIONS – leading the process

(This course is under construction)

This course will be for people leading best interests decision-making about life-sustaining treatment. The course:

  • outlines law and guidance around decision-making about life-sustaining treatment  (in the UK) and reviews diverse ethical debates
  • highlights the BMA/RCP (2018) guidance about clinically assisted nutrition and hydration and examines recent cases of poor practice that have reached court
  • takes learners through the practical steps. This will include: collate relevant information (such as checking there isn’t an Advance Decision), run a best interests meeting (who should be there, what’s the process?), address differences of opinion, accommodate conscientious objection, and document decisions.
  • provides examples of good practice (we hope to provide a recording of a well run best interests meeting, with reflections from family members and the consultant involved)
  • explains if and when to refer cases to the Court of Protection (due to, for example, intractable disputes) and outlines how to go about doing this.

This course is under development and is unlikely to be launched for several months. In the meantime, please see our Law, Ethics & Best Interests course which will refresh your core grounding.