Use our student resource at your university

The CDoCUK student resource about prolonged disorders of consciousness has formed part of final year interprofessional education at Cardiff University since 2015/16.  Developed by experienced academics and health care professionals the resource is focussed around contemporary social, legal and health care research in the area.

Taught in interprofessional education modules by Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings and Dr Geraldine Latchem-Hastings, this hugely successful learning tool has engaged over 500 final year students from 5 different professional groups over the past 3 years.

Through engagement with the topic of prolonged disorders of consciousness students learn about a new clinical area and the work of other professions.  The resource offers reflection upon the influence of culture and the media on clinical practice, highlights the importance of considering the experiences of families and challenges students by the medico-legal and ethical issues that arise in the care of this patient group.

Year on year student engagement shapes a flipped classroom experience which creates a memorable learning environment.  The CDoCUK resource has facilitated the coming together of diverse professional groups (to date – physiotherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, occupational therapy and operating department practitioners) and facilitated complex discussions around care, treatment decisions, consent and end-of-life matters.

This resource, popular with students, is free to any group of students.  All we ask is that those who use it let us know how it is being used, seek feedback and share that feedback with us.  If you are a lecturer or a student and would like your university to have access to this resource, please email Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings at


Help us develop further…

Do you have something you’d like to contribute to the resource for Allied Health Professionals?  Is your profession not represented for example – and could you help develop the content for a section?  Do you have an idea to build on a section of the resource or an idea for a new section?  Do you have ideas for CPD moments or a quiz?

If you have an idea and would like to help develop the resource further then we would love to hear from you.

Email Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings at


New AHP resource launch in Dublin

Dr Geraldine Latchem-Hastings and Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings will visit the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire on Monday 6th March 2018 to launch CDoCUK’s learning resource for qualified allied health professionals.

Family experiences

Family experiences of Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

This award winning resource for families of people in a prolonged disorder of consciousness was created by Professor Jenny Kitzinger and Professor Celia Kitzinger from over 65 interviews with families.

Find out about issues such as hope, care and treatment, making decisions, impact on the family and reflections on consciousness, recovery and end-of-life.

Click here to access the module.