Management Course for StRs and SAS Doctors in Palliative Medicine


5 days
27 Apr, 2020
27 April – 1 May 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm
St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham

Useful information

Very appropriate for ST5 end/ST6/SSAS or early consultants in palliative medicine

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About the event

This course is now fully booked

If you would like to be notified when dates for the 2021 course are available, please email

The management course for StRs and SAS doctors in palliative medicine has been running since 2003, and we have now trained over 250 doctors from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is currently the only comprehensive palliative medicine specific management course in the UK. Feedback from attendees is overwhelmingly positive, and most who come do so because of recommendations from previous course members. The maximum number of participants for any courses is 24 to optimise learning.

  • What will I learn?

    You will build effective management knowledge, skills and abilities and enhance your practical management skills. The course content is designed to address most of the relevant specialty training curriculum requirements.

    (It may be of help to know that we do not duplicate the content of advanced communication skills courses, nor the mandatory recruitment and selection processes and information governance training that has to be obtained elsewhere.)

  • Course tutors

    Dr Louise Gibbs, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher’s Hospice
    Louise Gibbs has been a part-time consultant at St Christopher’s since March 1999. She trained initially in general medicine and then did specialist training in palliative medicine in South West Thames. Louise worked with Drs Jennifer Todd and Debra Swann in 2002/3 to resurrect the ‘old’ St Christopher’s management course for registrars she had found so useful in her training, creating this new course. She is the Caldicott Guardian and information governance lead at St Christopher’s.

    Dr Jennifer Todd, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust / Princess Alice Hospice
    Jennifer Todd is currently working in her second consultant post based at Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and Kingston Hospital. Prior to this, she worked as a part-time consultant in palliative medicine at Trinity Hospice for 6 years, having completed her specialist training on the South Thames Training Scheme. Her own experience of limited management training as an SpR and experience of the transition from SpR to consultant, led her to jointly developing this course. Her main areas of interest are teaching and training, research, professional development and ethics.

  • What will the course look like?

    The course consists of a mixture of lecture and workshop teaching styles, covering topics such as:

    Leadership and management of individuals and teams

    • Understanding self and others
    • Working with others
    • Leadership
    • People management
    • Time management and personal effectiveness

    Managing the organisation

    • Managing the organisation includes topics such as strategy, change management, finance and budgets, business planning, fundraising and communication
    • Interfacing with the external environment
    • Corporate and clinical governance

More information


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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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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