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"I'm Not Loveable Anymore" Discussing Intimacy in Advanced Illness

"I'm Not Loveable Anymore" Discussing Intimacy in Advanced Illness

"I'm Not Loveable Anymore" Discussing Intimacy in Advanced Illness

Mary Kirk
Mary Kirk
on behalf of Health Education England

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Launch date: 17 Aug 2018
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Last updated: 09 Aug 2020

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This session explores the concerns patients and their partners may have about intimacy and sex when approaching the end of life. It examines the challenges this raises for professionals and how most effectively to approach the topic. This session was reviewed by Bridget Taylor and Christina Faull, and last updated in February 2017.


By the end of this session you will be able to:
Identify the concerns patients with advanced illness and their partners may have regarding intimacy and sex
Assess the most effective methods to raise the topic of intimacy and sex with patients and their partners
Evaluate the communication methods needed to respond to concerns raised by patients and their partners regarding intimacy and sex
Identify initial management options to help resolve concerns about intimacy and sex
Identify useful sources of referral for more complicated problems relating to intimacy and sex at the end of life
Assess your own confidence in talking about intimacy and sex with patients and their partners
Mary Kirk

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Mary Kirk
on behalf of Health Education England

Mary Kirk completed her RGN training at St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 1984, then went on to complete specialist courses in Advanced Communications, Independent Prescribing and Intensive Care Nursing. She completed a Masters degree in Cardiology in 2007.

Mary started her career working in 2 London teaching hospitals, then in 2 health trusts in Kent. She gained experience in the private sector in North Lincolnshire before returning to Kent to progress her career in cardiology, working in Coronary Care and Intensive Care Units. In 1999, Mary took on the role of British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cardiac Liaison Nurse in one of the first national BHF nurse posts. She has led teams in many areas of cardiac care including heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac pacing. Mary has been a nurse consultant since 2005 working with cardiac patients being involved in their diagnosis, ongoing management and end of life care.

Mary has also worked with Dr Susie Wilkinson, national lead in advanced communication skills training the British Heart Foundation nurses in advanced communication skills and has participated in the production of a communication skills DVD. She is also an honorary lecturer at the University of Kent teaching on the communication skills module for the Masters degree in palliative care.

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  • Health Education England
  • 0.50 Units -
    Exam Pass Rate: 60

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