We have developed a resource for Healthcare Professionals designed to support staff working with patients in prolonged disorders of consciousness. The course covers issues such as definitions, diagnosis, media coverage, communicating with families, law and ethics.

We will be running a curated course, with online seminars soon, so do get in touch if you’d like to apply to do the course with us.

Partners for this initiative include: Northwick Park, The Royal Hospital of Neurodisbility (London) and Rookwood (Cardiff) – so you’ll also have a chance to interact with staff working with PDoC patients in diverse settings

There are two versions of the resource – one for staff and one for students.

  • The version for practicing healthcare staff is currently available online and user/feedback  welcome: https://xerte.cardiff.ac.uk/play_4755
  • The undergraduate version  (used in Cardiff University) is available for trial in other universities – do get in touch if you would like to try it at your university.

This initiative was supported by  ESRC IAA funding and the project is led by Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings, Cardiff University.

Relevant publication see:

Latchem, J., Kitzinger, J and Kitzinger, C (2015) ‘Physiotherapy for vegetative and minimally conscious state patients: family perceptions and experiences’Disability and Rehabilitation.

Latchem, J, Kitzinger, J, Kell, C and Boniface, G  (2016) Developing a multimedia learning resource for allied health professionals: exploring the challenges of prolonged disorders of consciousness. Physiotherapy journal