Breaking Bad News

1 module


Course Length
40 mins

RCP London E-learning

£0 - 15


The aim of this course is to equip the user with a model of breaking bad news, to both patients and next of kin alike, and provide an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and key skills required in these difficult conversations. This is not meant to demonstrate best practice or represent a guideline, but to highlight real frontline experiences as general physicians, and continue the discussion around ‘talking about dying’, which was a publication released by the RCP Our Future Health team recently.


Please note: If you are an RCP member or fellow this course is free. To get access please email Non-members can purchase this course for £15.


  • Recall one communication model that can be used in the delivery of breaking bad news to patients and relatives.
  • Reflect on the common challenges faced as general physicians in breaking bad news, and ways to overcome them.
  • Identify the key skills required in communicating sensitive information


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate BBN certificate

Breaking Bad News
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Added about 12 hours ago, by Anonymous
Useful to watch others breaking bad news
Added 2 days ago, by Thaleia
Added 3 days ago, by Fortune
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Added 5 days ago, by Anne-Marie
I would have broken the bad news to the patient slightly differently. He could have been better prepared while having all his tests done.
Added 5 days ago, by Iryna
Very useful training. It is never easy to breaking bad news.
Added 6 days ago, by Anonymous
Very dull and uninspiring. Can't believe he said knackered!
Added 8 days ago, by Anonymous
Breaking news actually done very badly
Added 10 days ago, by Anonymous
This was a well presented short course. A reasonable scenario and covering a typical course of events including the unpredictable nature of termnal disease. A good balance of role play interviews and teaching on the SPIKE approach.

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