Medical Students Information

The following are links to further information about palliative care which may be of interest to you, or may be helpful if you wish to explore a particular topic in more detail.


1) Videos you may find interesting while on placement

Video clip Reith Lectures - Dr Atul Gawande

Is curing disease the most important job of a doctor?Dr Atul Gawande

How to Talk End-of-Life Care with a Dying PatientDr Atul Gawande

Let's talk about death and dying- Age UK

Let's talk about dying- Paul Saul

We also have a fantastic range of Dementia information videos that provide information on managing symptoms and supporting patients with Dementia in a patient centred way, found here and here  

2) Clinical Case studies to facilitate your learning.



3) Additional learning and reading

a) The ‘Pallied’ Youtube site contains a collection of short clips and videos specifically designed for medical students. There are also practical video demonstrations, how to verify death, use of syringe drivers and giving a subcutaneous injection.

Pallied Youtube clips


b) Advance Care Planning

NHS choices - planning ahead for end of life


c) Ethical and legal guidance relating to end of life decision-making

GMC guidance "Treatment and care towards the end of life"

BMA End of life decisions guidance

National Council for Palliative Care - how the mental capacity act applies at the end of life

BMA guidance decision about resuscitation 


d) Symptom control guidelines

Palliative Care Guidelines Plus

WHO cancer pain ladder for adults  

NorthEast Devon Formulary for Palliative Care - prescribing and symptom control guidance


e) Prognostication and natural history of life-limiting illnesses

Gold standards Framework Prognostic Indicator tool


f) Guidance on what to do after someone dies - What to do after someone dies


g) E-learning modules on end of life care

e-ELCA Electronic learning for health


h) For more information on the particular needs of children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses

Together for Short Lives - children's and young adults palliative care