Module 3: PDOC Assessors Course – Refining Assessment, Observation and Goal Setting Skill and Implementation of intervention and management strategies

4 Nov 2024 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Online

Monday 4 November

Online via Zoom

This one-day online course is suitable for senior neurological clinicians (occupational therapists, physiotherapists, Speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, nurses, and doctors) working with individuals in a PDOC and will enable the delegate to meet the person specification for PDOC assessor or expert PDOC assessors depending on experience) as outlined in the RCP guidelines (2020).

Run by Dr Karen Elliott and Helen Gill-Thwaites who have worked with individuals in PDOC for more than 30 years, the course is designed for clinicians who use any of the standardised PDOC assessment tools but are looking for a clear framework to ensure a logical and measurable approach to intervention and management planning based on the outcome of their assessment results.

The programme will consider the results of the chosen PDOC assessment and defines what evidence, data, and information, underpins a robust intervention and management plan. The necessary clinical strategies and the elements required to create measurable programmes will be explored. Through the application of the PDOC intervention and management framework flow chart, a clear strategy will be applied to help the delegate to identify the next stage for their intervention and/or management plan. The course will demonstrate the practical processes to provide achievable measurable goals, which are graded to frame the interventions.

Documentation methods to support decision making based on the results of the interventions will also be examined in addition to considering how the outcome of interventions can be measured. Exploration of the range of stimuli and technology in conjunction with appropriate adaptation to create purposeful and bespoke programmes is undertaken. Examples will be provided to demonstrate how WHIM scores and SMART profiles can be progressed to measurable intervention and management programmes.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Facilitator presentations, discussions and workshops are undertaken with examples from the delegate’s clinical practice.
  • Question and answer sessions to explore clinical issues will be available.

Further options for training can be offered to meet the needs of both the service and or delegate. Training for Modules 1,2 and 3 can also be delivered remotely online or at a designated local establishment. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Recommendations for PDOC Assessor Level Attainment:
Recommended to run with Modules 1 and 2

Module 2 and Module 3 PDOC Assessors Course Person Specification

Lead Facilitator

Helen Gill-Thwaites MBE and Dr Karen Elliott
SMART Developers & Consultants

Cost: £180 (Early Bird rate £160 until 31 July)

Register here

More information about Helen and Karen’s Consultancy is here or for more information about the course please call 020 8780 4500 ext. 5141 or email