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Communication Skills - How to have Realistic Conversations about what lies ahead

(Half Day Course)



Communication Skills - How to have realistic conversations about what lies ahead which may include the ability to: 

  • Initiate and undertake an advance care planning conversation utilising right outcomes
  • Breaking bad news
  • Talking about dying


At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss challenges in relation to having realistic conversations
  • Identify and discuss specific challenges which may include:
  • Initiating and undertaking an advance care planning conversation
  • Initiating and undertaking breaking bad news conversations
  • Initiating and undertaking talking about dying
  • Demonstrate the relevant specific communication skills and behaviours required when undertaking realistic conversations. 

Intended Audience

Qualified Clinical Staff who have regular patient contact. 

Please note: there is an expectation that all staff will have undertaken Deciding Right e-Learning or attended a Deciding Right Workshop prior to attending the course.  This course can be utilised as supporting evidence for revalidation with the NMC and work in line with the principles and values set out in GMC Good Medical Practice (2013): Domain 3: Communication, partnership and teamwork. 


Dates & Times

This training session is 1 x half day course



Tues 10 November 2021



Wed 10 March 2022



Mon 21 June 2022



Tues 9 November 2022




St Benedict's Hospice & Centre for Specialist Palliative Care, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0NY


£100.00 per person or free to South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust staff members and can be booked through OLM/Oracle. 


How to Book

South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust Staff Members - Click Here to log onto Oracle/OLM and book your place 

External Staff - please download the booking form (PDF format or Word Format) and return to

If you would like further information on this course please do not hesitate to contact The Education Department on Tel: 0191 512 8437 or Email: