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Bite Size Virtual Learning Package: Care Homes and Care at Home Services

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Access for 3 months to on demand content
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£45 for 3 months access
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On demand virtual learning delivery of bite size sessions

About the event

  • How it works

    The sessions

    Our bite size sessions focus on particular end of life care topics or aspects and will give you the opportunity to refresh or expand your knowledge. The sessions are video presentations typically between 15 to 30 minutes in length delivered by St Christopher’s and Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice Subject Matter Experts or guest speakers.

    The sessions are delivered on the St Christopher’s Online Learning Platform can be accessed on demand throughout your 3 month enrolment period.


    Once you have purchased your place, you will receive access to the courses typically within one working day. Once you have received your access email, you will have a 3 month period of access to the Online Learning Platform.

    At the end of the 3 months you can renew your package for £45 to extend your access to the Online Learning Platform.

    Virtual Learning

    Virtual learning is a style of learning designed to recreate your classroom experience online. St Christopher’s virtual learning environment offers mixed methodologies to learning online, from full interactions, engaging bite-size presentations, quizzes and resources. Each of our courses is designed and led by leading experts in end of life care, helping to bring flexibility and variety to your virtual learning experience.

    Organisational bookings

    If you wish to purchase places for a group of learners, please email

  • What will I learn?

    Bite size session topics include:

    • Advance Care Planning
    • Care after death
    • Challenging conversations
    • Finding your balance – wellbeing, resilience and self care
    • Terminal agitation
    • Spirituality at the end of life
    • Coordinate My Care (myCMC)
    • Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNACPR)
    • How to work on the frontline and survive
    • Supporting people with dementia
    • Re-use of medicines
    • Recognising dying and last days of life
    • Supporting residents in spirituality
  • Who is it for?

    This package of bite size sessions has been designed for nursing and care homes across all of South East London and Croydon including:

    • Nursing homes
    • Residential care homes
    • Learning disability care homes
    • Mental health care homes
  • Subject Matter Experts

    Our sessions are delivered by St Christopher’s and Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice Subject Matter Experts or guest speakers.

    Liz Bryan

    Liz Bryan Education Senior Associate, St Christopher’s

    Liz Bryan has a background in palliative care nursing, counselling psychotherapy, inter-professional education and education evaluation. For 12 years she lectured part-time at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at Kings College London, supporting the delivery of evidence-based palliative and end of life care academic education. This is a role she relinquished in order to focus full time on leading, as Director of Education and Training at St Christopher’s, the design of the ‘Learning Hub’ building and concept.

    Liz is committed to driving local, national and international development of palliative and end of life care. Her particular focus is on designing and evaluating programmes of learning that have sustained impact on practice. She also believes in the importance of consistency and quality of accredited work-based training for the whole workforce including support staff, volunteers and family carers, who provide the bulk of the care to people approaching the end of life. Liz designed the QELCA© Programme which is now being delivered by satellites in the UK and abroad.

    Sarah Combes

    Sarah is a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow at King’s and St Christopher’s Hospice, funded by the National Institute of Health Research. Sarah specialises in palliative and end-of-life care and its interface with older age, frailty and multimorbidities.

    Her interests are around enabling access and choice for older people and their families; facilitating informed decision-making around how people wish to live and be cared for in their last years of life; and building workforce capacity to improve end-of-life care for all. Her doctorate, Conversations on Living and Dying, aims to facilitate advance care planning for cognitively able, community-dwelling older people living with frailty.

    Jessica Pryce-Jones

    Jess started her career in finance where she learned about numbers, strategy and leadership. She then switched focus, using a degree in psychology as her lever. That started her on a new career facilitating and coaching others, which she now combines with writing and programme delivery.

    She works with a variety of organisations including healthcare, FMCG, banking, consulting, creative, education, manufacturing, publishing and engineering industries as well as the public and not-for-profit sectors. Her clients appreciate her approach which is warm, challenging and rooted in positive psychology. And her skill lies in enabling others to quickly get to the heart of complex and opaque issues so that they can rapidly find solutions.

     She is a Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Coaching and currently specializes in:

    • One-to-one executive coaching
    • Team coaching
    • Leadership development

    She is also a regular contributor to The Times of London. Jess lives in the UK but works all over the world.

    Helen King

    Helen King Project Manager - Age Attuned Palliative Care

    Helen graduated from London Southbank University with a BSc(Hons) in Nursing studies and consolidated her training at The Nightingale School at St Thomas’ hospital  on the cardiothoracic unit. After 4 years on the bone marrow transplant unit at University College Hospital she studied at The Royal Marsden Hospital for the Oncology Nursing Certificate. Following this she moved to Guys & St Thomas’s Trust to help establish the peripheral blood stem cell programme as CNS and Transplant coordinator.

    During her 10 years there she was did a postgraduate diploma in healthcare ethics and was a founder member of the UKEBMT NAP group. More recently Helen has been a clinical educator at Trinity Hospice and a visiting lecturer at Kings, City and Kingston Universities.  She is currently project manager for Cascade at St Christopher’s Hospice.

    Helen Scott

    Helen Scott Independent Nurse Lecturer

    Helen is an Independent Nurse Lecturer specialising in palliative care, end-of-life care and dementia care. Before that she was a Palliative Care Nurse Lecturer and a Practice Development Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Care Home Project Team at St Christopher’s Hospice, London.

    Previously, Helen was the Editor of End of Life Journal, the British Journal of Nursing and was Managing Editor of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

    She is co-founder of a theatre-in-education group ‘Stories That Speak’, which provides communication skills training for people working in palliative care, end-of-life care and dementia care, via drama, role play and personal narratives.

    Kathy Morris

    Kathy Morris Palliative Care Nurse Lecturer, St Christopher's

    Kathy is a Registered General Nurse who worked on the palliative care unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London prior to coming to St. Christopher’s in 1994. She worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Manager in the community for 10 years.

    Kathy then spent eight years as a project facilitator and was involved in introducing the Gold Standards Framework into twenty seven nursing homes in the Croydon area. 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.

    Dr Amy Proffitt Deputy Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative care, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Amy Proffitt is the Deputy Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative care at St Christopher’s Hospice. She is an Honorary Consultant at Kings College Hospital and formally worked at Barts Health NHS trust.

    She is the Vice President to the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland and a member of the Ambitions for end of life care Partnership. Her particular interests are Medical Ethics, Education and Training and workforce.

    She regularly contributes to the Media including work with the BBC and Broadsheet papers.

    Barbara Kenyon

    Barbara Kenyon End of Life Care Facilitator, St Christopher’s

    Barbara Kenyon is a  Registered general nurse whose background is  in district nursing. In 2009 she obtained  a diploma in palliative care nursing. She joined St Christopher’s hospice, in 2011 where she worked on the wards as a staff nurse. During this time  she also worked in nursing homes in the Croydon area where she worked alongside nurses and carers role modelling  the principles of good end of life care.

    In 2013 she worked  as an end of life facilitator in Lewisham residential homes supporting staff to implement the steps to success end of life  care programme in their care homes.

    From 2016 she has been working in the education team  supporting staff to implement  the steps to success in mental health care homes in the Croydon area and delivering education to care home staff. At present she is working in Croydon with care home staff to ensure all the residents in all the care homes in the area have a coordinate my care plan in place.


    Bethan Warner Integrated Care Pharmacist

    Bethan Warner is Care Home Pharmacy team lead pharmacist for Integrated Care, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust. The team work with nursing homes in Lambeth and Southwark, delivering person-centred medicines reviews for the residents and providing “Care Home centred care” to support the care homes with their medicines processes.

    Lelly Oboh Consultant Pharmacist

    Lelly Oboh is a Consultant Pharmacist (care of older people) with considerable experience working within general practice, care homes and integrated care teams in the community to optimise medicines use .

    Her leadership role involves championing innovative pharmacy service developments, showcasing and driving uptake at local and national levels.

    Her areas of interest include patient centred care, deprescribing, frailty, care co-ordination, transfer of care, medicines use in care homes and social care settings.

    Emma Hall

    Dr Emma Hall Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher’s

    Emma qualified at St George’s Hospital in 1993 and then trained in palliative medicine in London. She has been a consultant at St Christopher’s since April 2003.

    Her special interests are community palliative care, management of diabetes in palliative and end of life care and forming collaborative partnerships with primary and secondary care teams. She loves teaching, is an experienced educational supervisor and has supported and mentored nursing colleagues undertaking advanced assessment and prescribing modules. Emma has recently been appointed as one of the Senior Clinical Leads, undertaking project work with Professor Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for Palliative and End of Life Care.

    Andrew Goodhead

    Rev Dr Andrew Goodhead Spiritual Care Lead, St Christopher's

    Andrew Goodhead joined St Christopher’s as Chaplain in January 2005, completing his doctoral research in 2007. He is a Methodist Minister with 14 years Church based experience gained in several localities throughout the UK, both urban and rural. In his role at St Christopher’s Andrew is concerned to ensure that all End of Life Care professionals have the skills and confidence to offer spiritual assessment and ongoing support to all patients and their families.

    He has a particular interest in the concept of spiritual pain as a way of understanding spiritual need. For patients with faith needs Andrew is developing the pastoral and religious role of the Spiritual Care Lead. Andrew graduated in 2014 with the King’s College, London, MSc in Palliative Care. His dissertation explored the experiences and attitudes of community clergy in caring for dying people.

    He is currently on a secondment at St Christopher’s to the Patient and Family Services Department as Deputy Manager.


    Maaike Vandeweghe Programme Lead, St Christopher's

    Maaike graduated from the KATHO (Roeselare, Belgium) in 2002 as a general and mental health nurse. She started her professional career working on mental health A&E units in Belgium and then moved to Aruba (Caribbean) where she worked on a mental health A&E unit and the local prison. After working there for 3 years she moved back to Belgium and continued working in A&E and Nursing Homes. Maaike moved to the UK in 2006 and has since worked in Nursing Homes and the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice where she developed a palliative care service for care homes and then also developed and established an education department. Maaike has experience of working in palliative care, mental health, dementia, prison, care homes and education and has completed various post graduate education including a PGCert in Higher Education and a MA in Education.

    Maaike has previously been seconded to the University of Greenwich as a senior lecturer and is now seconded to develop an education partnership between the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and St Christopher’s Hospice.

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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