End of life care

Guidance on dealing with palliative and end of life care, and supporting carers throughout the pandemic.

RCGP resources

A brief module summarising the latest changes in death certification, in response to COVID-19.

Last reviewed: 25/04/21

Guidance on domestic violence and abuse for end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last reviewed: 23/04/21

An outline of best practice for palliative and end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last reviewed: 19/04/21

This guidance sets out a small set of key medicines for palliative and end of life care that need to be managed nationally with local collaboration across all sectors.

Last reviewed: 19/04/21

A guide to End of Life Care symptom control when a person is dying from COVID19 care for General Practice Teams, prepared by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Association for Palliative Medicine

Last reviewed: 19/04/21

    External resources

    This document - authored by Dr Morag Farquhar (University of East Anglia), Dr Gail Ewing and Professor Gunn Grande (both University of Manchester) on behalf of the NIHR ARC Palliative and End of Life Care theme – lists topics that might have to be addressed when discussing COVID-19 with the carers of very ill patients in the community.

    Last reviewed: 02/04/21

    This collection of powerpoint slides are themed around the difficult emotions we and our patients experience during times of crisis. They give suggestions on how to manage your own resilience, suggest ideas around difficult conversations and how to best manage patients in care homes in view of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Last reviewed: 02/04/21

    Temporary guidance from the Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines, related to end of life care during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Last reviewed: 02/04/21

    This guide can be given to any person providing care for someone who is dying at home from Covid-19. It was written by Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Hon Professor of Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University and Bevan Commissioner.

    Last reviewed: 02/04/21

    Effective Communication for Healthcare have produced guidance on ACP – the process that helps people make choices about their future care and planning ahead. People of all ages who are living with long term conditions, complex care needs or serious health problems benefit from having their own Anticipatory Care Plan. Resources on their web pages include  RED-MAP Guides and Effective communication resources during COVID-19.

    Last reviewed: 02/04/21

    A specialty guide for patient management during the coronavirus pandemic, focussing on symptom management using non-oral and non-parenteral routes for administration of palliative care medication.

    Last updated: 02/04/21

    We endeavour to keep all resources up to date through regular review to assess relevance and accuracy. To raise any issues please contact:

    e-learning@rcgp.org.uk 

    Last modified: Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 4:22 PM