Celebrating high educational standards in health care

Congratulations to Grace Houghton (pictured), who was one of the first students to have completed The Care Certificate (Cavendish) – our newly created course

St Christopher’s is proud to be one of the first training organisations to be given City & Guilds accreditation for our high teaching standards and assessment rigour of the Care Certificate.

The qualification was introduced nationally in April this year in the wake of the Cavendish Review. The aim is that all staff new to care should receive a comprehensive induction to make sure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide high quality, compassionate care.

Grace said: “I graduated from University last year with a degree in Molecular Biology and wanted to see if a career in health care was right for me. I was anxious before I started as I’ve never worked in a hospice before and I didn’t know what to expect. The course definitely helped prepare me for working as a Health Care Assistant on the hospice wards. I really love my work – it’s so rewarding, like nothing else.”

Education is one of St Christopher’s core services and the hospice is committed to developing the ability of health and care staff to deliver the best care possible; locally in south east London, nationally, and internationally.

Last year St Christopher’s reached nearly 2,000 people through educational events.