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.