We all hope that good end of life care will be available whenever and wherever we might need it, but of course, St Christopher’s alone cannot be there for everyone. That’s why education and training is the key to improving everyone’s experience at the end of life.
Whether you have a friend or relative who lives in a care home who wants to be looked after there until they die, or you’ve experienced times where health or social care workers could have been better prepared to have open conversations about dying or bereavement; our education programmes help make situations like this better for people. This is why sharing our knowledge far and wide has been such an important part of our history for the last 50 years.
Having cooperated closely with our colleagues at GBCH over the years, in July 2019 we launched a new collaboration to pool our expertise, called the Hospice Education and Learning Partnership (HELP). Maaike Vandeweghe, our HELP Lead, tells us more.
“HELP is a really exciting prospect. GBCH has a strong reputation for an excellent range of courses and study days for local health and social care professionals. Meanwhile, St Christopher’s broad education programme, inspired by Dame Cicely Saunders’ vision, has a national and international reputation and reach. By uniting our two teams, we have a wonderful opportunity to share our varied expertise and resources; helping to transform end of life training and education in South London.
St Christopher’s broad education programme, inspired by Dame Cicely Saunders’ vision, has a national and international reputation and reach
Together, we can increase the reach, scale and quality of the programmes that we both provide for health and social care professionals across a range of areas, such as older age care, acute hospital services as well as primary and community care, care homes and prisons. We will also be extending these programmes nationally and internationally.
At the end of the day, this will benefit people who are dying or bereaved right across our communities and beyond, which is something that we all want to see.”
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