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Care Homes Promotional Event

St Christopher's CARE


24 Feb, 2022
11am to 1pm
Buffet lunch provided
St Christopher's CARE

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Join us for this two-hour, in-person session is an opportunity for local care homes to feed back on the 2021 support and education events we’ve provided and to input into the plans for 2022 and beyond. 

There will be a buffet lunch provided for all attendees.

Help us shape our future offer for you and your staff.

  • Speakers


    andrea mills

    Andrea Mills Virtual Communities Lead, St Christopher's CARE

    Andrea graduated from UCL – Institute of Education as a Primary school teacher in 1996. She has worked in a range of schools (in the UK and Spain) as class teacher; curriculum coordinator; department and a senior leader for over twenty years. Andrea has been a local authority advisory teacher in Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston and Lambeth. She is experienced in supporting adults to deliver best practice and assisting educational settings (with poor Ofsted ratings) to raise standards.

    Andrea worked as a tutor and lecturer for primary initial teacher trainees at UCL – Institute of Education from 2016 – 2021. The role involved supporting teaching practice through observation, formative assessment and awarding qualified teacher status. Andrea supported academic progress by planning and delivering teaching sessions and marking assignments.

    Andrea has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2018. Fellowship is awarded to professionals who meet the criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting adult learning (in higher education). She has excellent understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support, as a key contribution to high quality adult learning.

    She now works for St Christopher’s Hospice as Virtual Communities Lead where she facilitates learning virtual and face-to-face learning experiences for a range of learners.

    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.


    Maaike Vandeweghe Senior Educationalist, St Christopher's CARE

    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 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 now works for St Christopher’s Hospice as Senior Educationalist where she alongside her senior leadership role leads on curriculum development and delivery.

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St Christopher's Education
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Why our education programme?

We have a well-established programme of high quality, cutting-edge, specialist palliative care education, designed for those working in the UK and internationally.
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Why St Christopher's?

Education is at the heart of St Christopher’s mission to promote and provide hospice care of the highest standards.
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St Christopher’s Education Centre and VAT charges

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