Care Home Day

St Christopher's CARE


13 Jul, 2022
11am - 1pm
St Christopher's CARE

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Join us for this free jam-packed day and meet more of your fellow care homes

As a mark of the importance we attach to our relationship with all the care homes we work with, we’re hosting a special Care Home Day here at St Christopher’s CARE on Wednesday 13 July. We see this as an opportunity to bring as many of you together as possible so you can tell us face to face what’s working well, what we can improve and what you’d like more of in terms of the whole education and support package we provide you. It’s also a rare chance to meet more of your fellow care homes.

  • Event details

    We attach great importance to our relationship with all the care homes we work with and we want to welcome you to this special Care Home Day here at St Christopher’s CARE.

    This is an opportunity to bring as many of you together as possible so you can tell us face to face what’s working well, what we can improve and what you’d like more of in terms of the whole education and support package we provide you.

    Refreshments will be provided.

  • Facilitators

    Facilitators on the day:

    Gill Early

    Gill Early Care Home Lead, St Christopher's

    Gill started her career in a Croydon nursing home at the age of 16 years old. She trained as a nurse, graduating as a Registered General Nurse in 1986. Gill started her professional career in elderly care, going onto undertake her District Nurse Training at Surrey University and graduating in 1991. During this period Gill set up, taught and published a teaching programme aimed at empowering social care workers to transition into health care workers. Gill started at St Christopher’s Hospice in 1994 and she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the Home Care Team for 20 years, during this time she continued to develop her interest in teaching supporting care homes and district nurses. In 2009 she qualified as a non-medical nurse prescriber.

    Gill worked within the Care Home Project Team as a Practice Development CNS, supporting settings in Bromley and Croydon. Gill has taught and facilitated both the Gold Standards Framework and Steps to Success programme over the last few years.

    In 2018 she become the ECHO Lead for St Christopher’s Hospice, setting up and facilitating ECHO Communities across all care homes in Bromley, Croydon, Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark. Presently, Gill is a Senior Associate with St Christopher’s CARE. The focus of her work is with care homes, facilitating Communities of Practice, lecturing and leading the Steps to Success programme.

    maria aparicio

    Maria Aparicio Clinical Nurse Specialist & Visiting Lecturer, St Christopher's CARE

    Maria works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care with St Christopher’s Hospice at the Community team for more than 3 years. Recently has joined the St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of life (StC CARE) for 2 days a week as a Visiting Lecturer.

    Her professional experience has always been in EoL and palliative care (PC), spanning across the most varied settings, in clinical work, management, research and teaching, mainly in Portugal, Spain and now in the UK. She also has a MSc in PC and a PhD.

    As a PC nurse, she has been at the forefront of the PC activity in Portugal. As a result of that, she is a guest lecturer at top Portuguese universities, mainly at PC master degree and under graduate training, having consistently an active role in the training of other health and social care professionals for more than 20 years.

    Maria also has collaborated in the curriculum design, organization and pedagogical intervention of several post graduated courses, workshops, webinars and conferences, in Portugal and now at StC CARE in London. She is a regular participant at international conferences as an invited key speaker, promoting learning and research in several areas in PC, and occasionally even collecting some awards.

    Moreover, to share her passion for EoL care and to facilitate learning for students and colleagues is one of Maria’s top professional and personal motivations.


    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.

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