What is St Christopher’s Care Home Learning Partnership?

St Christopher’s is delighted to work together with care homes to maintain and improve the quality of care for people living in the last phase of life.

By engaging in the Care Home Learning Partnership, care homes will have access to training and ongoing support opportunities for team members at all levels of their career.

Upcoming events for care homes

All events will clearly state if they are free or discounted for Care Home Learning Partners.

All care homes in South East London and Croydon can attend our ECHO sessions.

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Registered Nurses Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

  • 24 Sep, 2024 , 19 Nov, 2024
  • 3 days at St Christopher's CARE
  • 9.30am to 4.00pm (with lunch break)
  • St Christopher's CARE

This three-day course provides nurses and Allied Health Professionals working in any setting with the essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life

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Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Health and Social Care Assistants

  • 16 Jul, 2024
  • 2 days at CARE
  • 10am to 4pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

This two-day course provides Health and Social Care Assistants working in any setting with the essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life

HELP Course Maaike Intro

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care – One Day Course

  • 05 Sep, 2024
  • 1 day at CARE
  • 10am to 4pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

A one-day course at St Christopher's CARE for Care Home Learning Partners

Introduction to the Principles of Palliative Care

Introduction to the Principles of Palliative Care

  • Approximately 30 minutes

On demand module suitable for all health and social care professionals

Community of Practice for for Activity Coordinators HELP Care Home Partners

Community of Practice for Activity Coordinators & Wellbeing teams

  • 25 Jun, 2024 , 24 Sep, 2024 , 26 Nov, 2024 , 04 Feb, 2025
  • 2 hours
  • 2pm to 4pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

For our Care Home Learning Partners to develop new skills through evidenced-based education

Skills for Care Registered Managers Network Meeting

Skills for Care Registered Managers Network Meeting

  • 14 Nov, 2024
  • 2.5 hours
  • 10am to 12.30pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

In conjunction with Skills for Care for Care Homes Registered Managers

Introduction to Syringe Drivers Workshop

Introduction to Syringe Drivers Workshop

  • 15 Oct, 2024
  • 2 hours
  • 11am to 1pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

The use of syringe drivers in palliative and end of life care. This course will provide an introduction to the essential skills and key components of syringe drivers.

People learning about syringe drivers

Advanced Syringe Driver & Drugs Skills Workshop 

  • 12 Nov, 2024
  • 2 hours
  • 12 November 11am-1pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

Advanced syringe driver management and drugs commonly used in palliative care

Shakun Banfield

Rehabilitative Palliative Care Skills Workshop

  • 02 Jul, 2024
  • 2 hours
  • 11am to 1pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

Supporting people to live well until they die

Two people talking

Learning Disabilities and Palliative Care Skills Workshop

  • 02 Jul, 2024
  • 2 hours
  • 2pm to 4pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

Improving palliative care for people with learning disabilities

Care of Wounds in Palliative Care Workshop

Care of Wounds in Palliative Care Workshop

  • 10 Sep, 2024
  • 2 hours
  • 11am to 1pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

Wound care management and holistic symptom control at the end of life

Falls Clinic Skills Workshop

Falls Clinic Skills Workshop 

  • 10 Sep, 2024 , 15 Oct, 2024 , 12 Nov, 2024
  • 2 hours
  • 2pm - 4pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

Supporting people who may be at risk of falls

A tray of different types of mouthcare medication.

Personal Care and Mouthcare Workshop

  • 14 Jan, 2025
  • 2 hours
  • 2pm to 4pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

Exploring the themes of vulnerability, consent, and identity, in relation to personal care

2 ladies chatting

Communication Skills Workshop

  • 11 Feb, 2025
  • 2 hours
  • 11am to 1pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

Gain skills to navigate sensitive conversations

Supporting People at the End of Life: Scenarios Workshop

  • 11 Feb, 2025
  • 2 hours
  • 2pm to 4pm
  • St Christopher's CARE

Scenario-based training to build confidence in managing situations in the last days of life

Sensitive Conversations

Sensitive Conversations

  • Approximately 45-60 minutes

On demand module suitable for all health and social care professionals

FAQs about the Care Home Learning Partnership

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals (3 day course)

DELIVERED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

  • Day one is FREE to Care Home Learning Partners and offers an introduction to the topic areas
  • Day two and three are advanced in depth sessions and are offered at a discount to Care Home Learning Partners
  • Courses are delivered at St Christopher’s CARE with access to an online learning platform for resources

View upcoming course dates  

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Health and Social Care Assistants (2 day course)

DELIVERED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

  • Day one is FREE to Care Home Learning Partners and offers an introduction to the topic areas
  • Day two is an advanced in depth session and is offered at a discount to Care Home Learning Partners
  • Courses are delivered at St Christopher’s CARE with access to an online learning platform for resources

View upcoming course dates

Free skills workshops will be facilitated monthly.

Each workshop will focus on a particular topic and will take place on site at St Christopher’s CARE.

Topics include:

We have a 2 hour Community of Practice for Activity Coordinators and Wellbeing teams for our Care Home Learning Partners on various topics related to care homes and end of life care:

St Christopher’s Hospice facilitates Registered Managers Network meetings in conjunction with Skills for Care. These are available for all care homes, regardless of whether they are a Care Home Learning Partner.

All care homes in South East London and Croydon are provided with support to set up and implement ECHO, a community of learning linking several care homes in each borough.

Using a hub-and-spoke model, care home staff are facilitated to present real cases for discussion and learning.

The ECHO team works closely with clinical nurse specialists and other members of the wider multidisciplinary team. The curricula for educational sessions are decided by care homes.

View upcoming ECHO sessions

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What is ECHO?

 Project ECHO is a ‘not for profit’ initiative which aims to bring together specialist teams and primary health care providers, such as care homes, to enable learning and support. The goal is to improve best practice and empower participants to make informed decisions when problem solving in their place of work. 

The heart of the Project ECHO model is its ‘hub’ (in this case St Christopher’s) and ‘spoke’ (care homes, GP’s, district nurses) knowledge sharing networks, using video conferencing to form communities of practice, supported by a trained facilitator and administrative/IT support from St Christopher’s. 

What are the benefits of participation? 

Allows staff to participate in training without leaving the care home, reducing lost working hours, travel time and travel costs 

  • Enables staff to build confidence whilst acquiring new skills and competencies 
  • Care homes can network and learn from one another – share ‘best practice’ and become a ‘community of practice’ 
  • Opportunity to present and discuss challenging case studies and receive feedback from a multidisciplinary team of specialists and peers 
  • Open access to ECHO training resources and recorded sessions 
  • Tailored to the learning requirements of your specific ‘community of practice’ 
  • Access to specialist knowledge 

What does a typical ECHO session look like?

A typical ECHO session may look like this: 

  • Introduction & reflection
  • 20 min PowerPoint presentation from the hub on the agreed topic followed by discussion 
  • 1-2 case presentations from spokes followed by discussion 
  • Summary 

Nurse Verification of Expected Adult Death on demand module is for registered nursing staff that have support to verify expected deaths in their workplace.

Introduction to the Principles Palliative Care on demand module is for all health and social care professionals wanting to know more about the principles of palliative care.

Sensitive Conversations module is for all health and social care professionals wanting to know more about sensitive conversations.

Free to professionals in South East London and Croydon

Steps to Success end of life care programme and toolkit is available on demand and can be requested by Care Home Learning Partners.

This programme aims to enhance end of life care through facilitating organisational change and supporting staff to develop their roles, knowledge and skills around end of life care. It is based on the six steps described in The route to success in end of life care: achieving quality in care homes, published by the NHS National End of Life Care Programme.

It enables your care home to implement systems of organisational change that improve the residents’ experience as well as helping to provide evidence to Care Quality Commission that your home is well led, safe, caring and responsive to people’s needs.

Email education@stchristophers.org.uk to find out more.

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