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


2 days
14 May, 2020 03 Jun, 2020 08 Jul, 2020 29 Sep, 2020 25 Nov, 2020 09 Dec, 2020
14-15 May 2020
3-4 June 2020 Venue: Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice
8-9 July 2020
29-30 September 2020
25-26 November 2020 Venue: Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice
9-10 December 2020
9.30am to 4.30pm
£264 (includes lunch, fruit and drinks)
All prices include VAT
All dates are at St Christopher's Hospice 3-4 June and 25-26 November which are at Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice

Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice:
185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, SE2 0GB
Closest station is Abbey Wood
Buses 99 and B11
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About the event

This two day introduction to End of Life Care course is for you if you are a health or social care assistant or support worker supporting end of life care patients, in the community, acute hospitals, care homes, or in prisons.

The End of Life Care strategy (Department of Health, 2008) states that, wherever possible, people should be able to spend their last days in the place of their choosing. Most people say that they would prefer to get this support in their own home. For people who move on to live in a care home, that becomes their home.

  • What will I learn?

    • Principles of Palliative Care
    • National drivers, policies and initiatives including End of Life Care Tools
    • Symptom and Pain Management
    • Advance Care Planning
    • Communication skills
    • Introduction to  grief, loss and bereavement

    On completion of the course attendees 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
  • Course tutors

    Lead tutor: Maaike Vandeweghe – Programme Lead

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If you have any questions about this or any of our other courses, please contact the Education team who will be happy to help

020 8768 4656

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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