Using the Blue Booklet in End of Life Care

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Session Overview

Practical use and walkthrough of the Blue Booklet:

  • End of life drugs used – indications for use, administration methods and dosages.
  • Drug calculations.
  • Case studies.
  • Worries and questions.
  • Where to get further help and support.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session the delegate will be able to:

  • Understand the layout of the Blue Book and the functions of each section.
  • Have an increased understanding of the common drugs used in End of Life Care, indications for their use/omissions, the common doses for both PRN doses and syringe pump.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of drug calculations through discussion and worked case studies, including PRN doses, syringe pumps and analgesic patches.
  • Have an increased awareness of the symptom algorithms and where/when and from whom to seek further advice.
  • Length: 2hrs
  • Suitable for: GP’s, registered nurses working in nursing homes and community nurses caring for people at end of lifeCheshire East ONLY
  • Delivered: face to face at Spring Farm Business Centre, Moss Lane, Crewe, CW1 4RJ or online via Microsoft Teams

Funded dates for Cheshire East Place staff only:

  • Tuesday 17 September 2024; 9:00 – 11:00; Online via Microsoft Teams
  • Friday 10 January 2025: 9:30 – 11:30; at End of Life Care Education Hub, Spring Farm
  • Tuesday 18 February 2025: 9:00 – 10:30; at End of Life Care Education Hub, Spring Farm
  • Friday 7 March 2025; 9:00 – 11:00; Online via Microsoft Teams
Bespoke Booking

We would love to work with you, contact us to explore a bespoke session for your organisation.

Where to obtain Blue Booklets
  • Hospitals: (MCHFT and MDGH) via hospital pharmacy service or local specialist palliative care team
  • Community Services: (CCICP and ECNHST) via Care Community Service Managers
  • GP’s: via Community District Nursing Teams
  • Care Homes: via EOLP
  • Hospices: via EOLP

The details of how to order and pay for further copies are listed below:

EOLP ordered the initial booklets any further orders will need to be ordered via yourselves and invoiced to you directly.

EOLP used a company called Rowtype in Stoke-On-Trent to arrange the printing (contact details below). They will provide a cost for the number of booklets required and will invoice you directly:

01782 538600 and

They have a copy of the Blue Booklet on file but an electronic version can also be found on EPAIGE via the following link: Blue Booklet

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