Advance Care Planning


1 day
25 Apr, 2018 27 Sep, 2018
Course 1: 25 April 2018. Course 2: 27 September 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm
Course 1:
Early bird £108 before 25 Feb 2018
Regular Price £132

Course 2:
Early bird £108 before 27 July 2018
Regular Price £132
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St Christopher's Hospice, London

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Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of discussing and planning ahead in anticipation of some deterioration in a person’s condition. One of the key elements to support people at the end of their lives is to find out what their preferences and wishes are in relation to where and how they would like to be cared for; ACP supports this.

Highlighted as one of the most difficult areas for health care professionals, advance care planning can greatly help guide patients, families and professionals in decision-making for care at the end of life.

This course will aim to explore the value of good interpersonal communication skills in the context of what often can be distressing circumstances.

  • What will I learn?

    This course will give you the opportunity to:

    • Learn more about advance care planning including key legal and ethical issues.
    • Understand the importance of interpersonal communication skills in the context of person-centred care for people facing poor or uncertain prognosis and end of life
    • Reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses through group discussion, observation and participation.
    • Consider the importance of the accessibility of information across agencies to ensure patients’ preferences are known.
  • Facilitators

    Kathy Morris, Palliative Care Nurse Lecturer, St Christopher’s Hospice Kathy is a Registered General Nurse who worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the community for 10 years and was a team manager for some of that time. Kathy then spent eight years as a project facilitator and was involved in introducing the Gold Standards Framework into nursing homes. Kathy joined the Hospice’s Advancing Practice Team in 2014 and was involved in Hospice staff training and development and in delivering courses to staff from external organisations until late 2016. She then joined the Hospice’s education team and is now working as a Nurse Lecturer and is also Internal Quality Assurer for some of the vocational qualifications that are delivered by the Hospice.


    Steph Storer, Palliative Care Nurse Lecturer, St Christopher’s Hospice Steph is a qualified nurse who specialised in Palliative Care early on in her career working at St Christopher’s as a staff nurse in the early 90’s which gave her an excellent grounding in EOL care. Steph then joined a community based hospice service in Kent as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and achieved BSc Hons in Palliative Care and a Management diploma. Steph became the Director of Nursing for the community team and inpatient unit at the Ellenor Lions hospice then moved into managing nursing homes in Bromley taking EOL principles to the homes she managed before returning to St Christopher’s in 2014. She has worked in the Care Home Project Team, Personal Care Service and is now working in the education department as a lecturer having completed her PGCE in 2016.

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