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Introduction to End of Life Care Course for Health and Social Care Assistants

St Christopher's CARE


Guided learning hours: 2 days with afternoon live virtual classroom
14 Apr, 2021 15 Jun, 2021
14-15 April 2021
Virtual learning
10am to 3pm live virtual classroom (with lunch break)
All prices include VAT
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Useful information

During the pandemic, this course is delivered virtually

About the event

  • Overview

    This new virtual end of life care course is for you if you are a health or social care assistant or support worker supporting end of life patients and their families in the community, acute hospitals, primary care, care homes or prisons.

    500,000 people die in the UK every year; one person every minute. It is predicted that this number will rise to 590,000 in the next 20 years. The need for professionals to access end of life care education has never been greater. During this essential 2 day introduction course professionals will have the opportunity to discuss, consider and evaluate their knowledge and skills in relation to end of life care.

    During the pandemic, this course is delivered using a combination of a live virtual classroom and an online learning platform with additional materials and resources.

    What is 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.

  • What will I learn?

    On completion of this virtual course you will:

    • Have increased confidence and skills in end of life care
    • Be aware of national and local resources and services available
    • Explore barriers and difficulties that may be encountered at a personal, professionals and service level
    • Develop communication skills and confidence to deal with challenging questions around dying
    • Develop skills in symptom and pain control

    On completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

    Some of the topics included are:

    • Principles of palliative care
    • National drivers, policies and initiatives including End of Life Care Tools
    • Symptoms and pain management
    • Advance Care Planning
    • Communication skills
    • The importance of spiritual care at the end of life
    • Introduction to grief, loss and bereavement.
  • Who is it for?

    This course is aimed at all health and social care assistants.

  • Course tutors


    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.

  • What will the course look like?

    Course outline:

    • Two afternoons of live virtual classroom education
    • On demand pre-recorded webinars which can be completed before or after the live virtual sessions
    • Resources and materials available on our Online Learning Platform

    Our Online Learning Platform will be available for you to complete this course for a two month period.

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Our programme

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.
Studying here

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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Why our way of learning

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Containing material on all aspects of palliative care, death and bereavement

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  • Learning at your own pace
  • On demand video resources
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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