We run Study Days in health settings around the UK

Study Day: The Psychological And Social Aspects of Disfigurement

Forthcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 6 September 2017 
  • Wednesday 13 December 2017

This course is designed to take place within your own hospital/clinic and is specially tailored to meet your department’s needs. The first part of the course will give participants an understanding of the psychological and social effects of a disfigurement, including

  • The myths and misconceptions around disfigurement
  • Identity – issues of grief, loss and bereavement
  • Perceptions of ‘severity’.

During the second part of the course, participants will have the opportunity to

  • Explore how personal beliefs about disfigurement may influence patient/professional communication
  • Learn how to develop and maintain an empathic yet professional relationship with patients
  • Understand the need for planning the timing of seeing a changed appearance for the first time
  • Learn how to discuss appropriate coping strategies with patients as part of their care plan before discharge
  • Understand the importance of assessing a patient’s information needs
  • Understand the importance of involving patients in the decision-making process around treatment
  • Learn to check out how patients are coping after discharge and review coping strategies with them.

Each specialist course will be tailored to meet the particular needs of staff in different NHS units, clinics and hospitals around the UK.

We ask that the institution provides the venue, computer access and catering, and that participants be recruited by the host institution (maximum 16 participants).

For more information and to discuss costs and availability please contact Henrietta Spalding, Head of Advocacy, or call 0345 450 0275.