ECHO sessions for care homes in South East London and Croydon

St Christopher's CARE


Care homes in South East London and Croydon only
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For care homes in South East London and Croydon

  • ECHO session information

    DO NOT ALTER SCHHELP Care Home Partners are provided with support to set up and implement ECHO, a community of learning linking several care homes in each borough.

    If you have any queries please email

    Bromley Learning Disability & Mental Health Homes

    20 April – Families and Complexities
    Speaker: Michele King, Team Lead – Social Work, Welfare, CBT and Art and Music Therapy,  St Christopher’s CARE

    25 May 10am-12pm – Bromley ECHO relaunch at St Christopher’s CARE

    15 June – topic and speaker tbc

    Bromley Nursing, Extra Care Housing & Residential Homes

    13 April – Heart Failure and End of Life/Palliative Care
    Speaker: Isobel Jackson,  Advanced Practitioner Heart Failure/Palliative Care, St Christopher’s

    25 May 10am-12pm – Bromley ECHO relaunch at St Christopher’s CARE

    1 June – Pain Management
    Speaker: Maria Aparico, St Christopher’s

    Croydon Nursing Homes

    21 April – Assessment and management of pain in EoL dementia patients
    Speaker: Helen Scott, Palliative Care Nurse Lecturer, St Christopher’s

    25 May 2pm-4pm – Croydon ECHO relaunch at St Christopher’s CARE

    22 June – Wellbeing and Resilience – Looking after yourself and others
    Speaker: Helena Talbot Rice, Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Consultant Lead

    Croydon Residential Homes

    6 April – Sepsis and UTI: How to recognise, how to approach and how to differentiate from dying patients
    Speaker: Isla McDonald, SPoC

    25 May 2pm-4pm – Croydon ECHO relaunch at St Christopher’s CARE

    9 June -Wellbeing and Resilience – Looking after yourself and others
    Speaker: Helena Talbot Rice, Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Consultant Lead

    Greenwich & Bexley Nursing & Residential Homes

    7 April – Recognising dying
    Speaker: Benedicta Okpor, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care

    12 May – Parkinson’s in End of Life
    Speaker: Allison Hepworth, Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist – Bexley Community Neuro Rehab Team – QMS

    Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark Nursing Homes

    14 April – Sex and Intimacy in Care Homes
    Speaker: Andrea Mills, St Christopher’s & Gemma Weldon, Home Manager, Beulah Vista

    26 May 2pm-4pm – Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark ECHO relaunch at St Christopher’s CARE

    8 June – Managing Unexpected Death
    Speaker: Paul Parsons, Bereavement Service Coordinator

    Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark Residential Homes

    19 April – Working with the London Ambulance Service
    Speaker: Dr Di Laverty, Macmillan Nurse Consultant: Palliative & EoL Care & Karina Catley, LAS

    26 May 2pm-4pm – Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark ECHO relaunch at St Christopher’s CARE

    23 June – topic and speaker tbc

  • What will I learn?

    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.

  • Who is it for?

    This event is for care homes in South East London and Croydon.

    If you want to find out more about our additional Care Homes offering please see our Help for Care Homes information.

  • Course tutors

    Various speakers with facilitators below:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    rosina goldsmith

    Rosina Goldsmith Clinical Nurse Specialist St Christopher’s Hospice at the Community team and Visiting Lecturer at StC CARE

    Rosina has worked at St Christopher’s as a palliative care community clinical nurse specialist since June 2019. She has recently joined the Education Team at St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life (CARE) to facilitate education and teaching around End of Life and Palliative Care for a range of individuals, including; registered nurses, carers and allied health professionals.

    Rosina is passionate about end of life care. She enjoys supporting and empowering patients and their families through holistic assessment and symptom management in her clinical role. Rosina is able to bring her experience and expertise to her teaching and support the development of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed for safe and effective practice.

    Rosina’s professional experience is not only limited to palliative care, as she has specialised in haematology and oncology when she qualified as a nurse in 2009, gaining a wealth of experience over this time in numerous clinical settings. She has a post graduate diploma in Advanced Practice and is proficient at physical assessment.

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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