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Course Summary

End of Life Care Advanced Training – Legal Issues

Course Overview

This one-day course will provide healthcare practitioners involved in palliative and elderly care a detailed knowledge of the legal framework in which they practice. 

The day will cover capacity and best interest issues in end-of-life care, and how healthcare professionals can best engage with patients and their families to make decisions together. The course discusses how patients can record their wishes in Lasting Powers of Attorney, Advance Decisions and Advance Statements and how these affect the care and treatment provided. The course looks at the law, process and guidance relevant to DNA CPR notices.   It will also consider how deprivation of liberty can apply in end-of-life care and the rights of patients.  The course will incorporate relevant guidance, including from NICE, GMC and BMA. 

There will be in-depth discussions around case law and best practice along with guidance on how to assess documentation and when to seek advice.   The training has a practical focus and uses case studies and caselaw to help you to explore the issues and enhance your practice.

The course is suitable for those who already have a clear understanding of the Mental Capacity Act,  including capacity and best interests assessments.


  • Understanding the key legal issues 
  • Capacity and best interests issues in end of life care
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney – what these are and how they work
  • Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment – what are they and what do you need to do
  • Advance Statements – why these are important
  • Do not administer CPR (DNA CPR) Notices – the law and process
  • Deprivation of liberty and patient rights at the end of life
  • Having difficult conversations: patients, families, carers, colleagues
  • Exploring guidance – including from NICE, GMC and BMA