Advanced Syringe Driver & Drugs Skills Workshop 

St Christopher's CARE


2 hours
20 Sep, 2022 21 Feb, 2023
£54 (FREE to HELP Care Home Partners)
All prices include VAT
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Advanced syringe driver management and drugs commonly used in palliative care

This workshop will help learners to build upon knowledge acquired during ‘The Introduction to Syringe Drivers’ workshop and is suitable for professionals who have pre-existent advanced knowledge / skills / experience with syringe drivers.

The increased illness management complexity and the demand for high quality community palliative care at home has generated increased pressure to administer new drugs out of hospital and hospices.

This workshop will focus not only on pharmacological principles of drugs commonly used but will also focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary drugs use at the end of life.

The analysis and interpretation of complex case scenarios will help the group discussion among colleagues who either prescribe, dispense or administer these drugs, as well as the ones who monitor for their effect.

  • What will I learn?

    Topics covered include:

    • Medicine Management
    • Prescribing
    • Symptom assessment and management
    • End of life care


    Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

  • Who is it for?

    Professionals who have pre-existent advanced knowledge/skills/experience with syringe drivers.

    • Doctors
    • Educators
    • GPs
    • Nurses
    • Nursing Associates
    • Pharmacists
  • Course tutors

    • Sergio Damaso – Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Fabio Sfamurri – Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Sergio Damaso Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher's

    Sergio is a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care with several years of experience in surgical and medical oncology, haematology , intensive care, pain management, nursing management, tissue viability and stoma care.

    After starting his palliative care career at St Joseph’s Hospice, Sergio has joined STCH in 2017 and has been offering his specialist palliative care expertise between the inpatient unit and the community.

    One of his biggest career achievements was joining CARE as a visiting lecturer, supporting other colleagues to advance their own practice through education, focusing on developing KNOWHOW – our state of the art skills lab.

    He is always available to help others, truly lives the hospice values / mission statement and considers himself as approachable, knowledgeable enough and compassionate.

    His educational and research interests are around total pain, spiritual suffering, advanced nursing practice and informal carers training.

  • What will the course look like?

    This workshop will help learners to build upon knowledge acquired during the ‘Introduction to syringe drivers’ workshop.

    Objectives are for participants to be able to:

    • Identify drugs commonly delivered by syringe driver;
    • Discuss principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;
    • Apply theoretical knowledge to clinical scenarios.


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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

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