St Christopher’s Academy


5 days
15 Oct, 2018
Postponed until May 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm
Early bird price £840 before 15 August 2018
Regular price £960
All prices include VAT MORE INFO
St Christopher's Hospice, London

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“Go around and see what is being done and then see how your own circumstances can produce another version; there is need for diversity in this field”

Dame Cicely Saunders, From Essentials for a Hospice, 1976

Postponed until May 2019

About the event

This five day multi-disciplinary programme gives more experienced palliative care health and social care professionals from anywhere in the world, who are wishing to evaluate and develop their services, the opportunity to observe services provided by St Christopher’s. In addition delegates will be encouraged to reflect on wider contemporary issues and the implications for developing palliative care practice within their own setting/culture.

This programme offers structured facilitation so that each person can leave here with a clear understanding of what is relevant to their own specific care setting and a plan for implementation of their learning into practice. The programme combines practice observation facilitated by senior hospice clinicians with classroom presentations, group discussions and individual action planning. It also offers the opportunity to participate in an ongoing online learning community.

The aim is for programme participants to leave empowered and equipped to address some of the challenges of delivering holistic palliative and end of life care in the setting and communities in which they work.

By the end of this five day programme participants will have:

  • a greater understanding of current global challenges to the effective care of people at end of life
  • a greater understanding of contemporary issues in the UK, and specifically for St Christopher’s, which challenge the delivery of good quality holistic palliative and end of life care
  • a greater understanding how the complex issues faced by those with advanced disease might be managed
  • a greater understanding of the dynamics of multi-disciplinary team working
  • a greater understanding of the importance of ensuring service delivery is underpinned by robust research-based evidence and evaluation
  • identified an action plan designed to support the implementation of learning into practice and formulated a strategy for evaluation
  • participated in an international learning community of palliative care professionals
  • What will I learn?

    This five-day programme will explore ‘Hospice’ care with a different focus each day:

    • The context and challenges for ‘Hospice’ care.
    • Early days:
      – Identifying and communicating uncertain prognosis.
      – Assessing need.
      – Advance Care Planning.
    • Living with a life-limiting condition:
      – Rehabilitative palliative care.
      – Engaging communities.
      – Supporting people through loss and change.
    • Dying with a life-limiting condition:
      – Symptom management.
      – Family care.
      – Care after death.
    • Taking learning back into practice
  • Who is it for?

    The course is open to:

    • doctors
    • nurses
    • allied health professionals
    • social workers
    • psychologists
    • counsellors
    • chaplains
    • psychiatrists and
    • bereavement professionals
  • Course tutors

    • Liz Bryan, Director of Education and Training, St Christopher’s
    • Dr Alison Landon, Speciality Doctor in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher’s
    • Sally Mercer, Principal Social Worker, St Christopher’s
    • Kati Scott, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher’s
  • What will the course look like?

    The course will be delivered in a number or ways including:

    • Presentations from hospice professionals
    • Observation of and facilitated reflection on care delivery
    • Listening to the experiences of people with life threatening/life limiting conditions and their families of what ‘Hospice’ means to them
    • Pre-course reading and reflection
    • Ongoing online discussion

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At St Christopher's, a registered charity, it is important for us to maximise any surpluses to reinvest in the objectives of the charity.

Unfortunately, the manner in which we undertake our training currently means we are not able to invest as much of our surplus as possible, therefore from the 1 December 2017, St Christopher’s Education Centre will charge VAT at the standard rate on our training courses, the reason for this change in pricing is twofold:

i) We want to be able to reinvest any surpluses made from training back into all of our charitable objectives rather than only Education

ii) We want to be able to reclaim the VAT on costs relating to developing and running the training courses