Dying Matters launches GP dementia DVD
Dying Matters has produced a new training film aimed at boosting the confidence of GPs in broaching end of life conversations with people affected by dementia.
'Time to talk, Doc?' aims to increase GPs' awareness of the best ways to initiate and progress conversations with people who have dementia, as well as their carers and families.
The DVD follows on from the success 'How Long Have I Got, Doc?', the first GP training DVD Dying Matters produced, which tackled a broad range of end of life care scenarios.
'Time to talk, Doc?' evolved from a series of confidence training workshops for doctors run by Dying Matters. During these, several GPs shared particular concerns around talking about end of life care issues with dementia patients. This was especially true when the conversations needed to take place shortly after diagnosis due to the patient's declining capacity.
Watch the 'Time to talk, Doc?' trailer
'Time to talk, Doc?' features five scenarios in which practising GPs are shown dealing with real-life scenarios featuring people at different stages of their illness. The voice-over and graphics highlight the good practice exhibited and key learning points to take away in each scenario. These are also featured in a handy booklet which accompanies the DVD.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chair of Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care and a practising GP, said the film plays an important role in professional development. He added: "I know how difficult it can be to deal with dementia. This DVD offers practical advice for busy GPs. I would urge GPs to use this DVD - it is ideal CPD."
Order ‘Time to talk, Doc?’
‘Time to talk, Doc?’ is available to order from Dying Matters at £35.00 a copy or from £45.00 as part of a Dying Matters awareness raising pack. Order ‘Time to talk, Doc?’