Discover Hospice Care Taster Day

St Christopher's CARE


05 Jul, 2022
9.30am - 4pm
St Christopher's CARE

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If you're a nurse or nursing associate, come and join us for a taster day, jam-packed with experiences of every facet of the array of services and opportunities at St Christopher’s

Have you ever wondered what it’s like working as a nurse in a hospice?

With demand for palliative and end of life care expected to soar in the next decade, what could your role in its future be?

Come and join us for a taster day, as we provide a peek into the future of palliative care nursing and everything it offers. Giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in end of life care whilst discovering the merits of working at a hospice.

For anyone who’s thought about what the future of palliative care might look like and what part they could play in it, this day is for you

Maaike Vandeweghe, Senior Educationalist at St Christopher’s CARE

  • Outline

    By 2035, people over 85 year-olds are projected to account for almost half of all deaths in the UK meaning an escalation in the demand for palliative and end of life care

    This immersive and information-packed taster day is an ideal opportunity for any nurse or nursing associate to come and discover what palliative and end of life care really means in a hospice and the wide variety of nursing roles at the heart of that care.

    Nurses who attend will be given a full tour of the hospice and its extensive and diverse range of support and services. As well as visiting the in-patient unit, attendees will also get a taste of some of the practical clinical skills in essential workshops covering wound care and syringe driver use, for example – all in the fantastic facilities of the new education centre, St Christopher’s CARE.

    An overview of the latest developments in palliative care will be complemented by the chance to experience some of the many therapies provided at St Christopher’s, including acupuncture and Namaste.

    ‘Speed-dating’ with St Christopher’s nurses working both on the wards and in the community, at all stages of their career, will provide attendees with the chance to hear first-hand from clinical colleagues what it’s really like to work in a hospice and about the prospects for career progression.

  • What will I learn?

    Introduction to:

    • Key principles and Practice to palliative and end of life care, incl. recognising dying and medications commonly used at end of life and a series of workshops
    • St Christopher’s services and what we offer to the local community
    • Opportunities to further your learning and development in palliative and end of life care


  • Who is it for?

    This Taster Day welcomes all nurses and nursing associates interested in working in palliative and end of life care.

  • Speakers

    Amanda Mayo, Care Director, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Mandy Piper-Killick, Director of People and Organisational Development, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Anne Nash, Consultant Nurse, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Maaike Vandeweghe, Senior Educationalist, St Christopher’s CARE

    Nigel Dodds, Consultant Nurse, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Mary Watson, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Katie Grace, Clinical Team Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice


  • Programme

    9.30: Registration

    10.00: Welcome and opening remarks

    10.15: Palliative care reconsidered – an introduction to the Lantern Model, a new model of palliative and end of life nursing

    10.45: Recognising dying and care of the dying patient

    11.15: Coffee

    11.30: Medication commonly used at end of life

    12.15: Health and wellbeing strategy

    12.45: Next steps

    13.15: Lunch

    14.00: Explore and network, workshops:

    1. Use of Syringe Drivers in palliative care
    2. Assessing and managing wounds in palliative care
    3. Mouth care, hydration and nutrition in palliative care


    15.00: Throughout the afternoon nurses can find out more about the education, therapies, and community action programme in series of exhibitions and experiential displays. They’ll also be ‘Speed Dating’ with St Christopher’s nurses.

    16:00: Taster Day close

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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