Pathfinder Leaders in Palliative Care Programme

Creating a Different Tomorrow

St Christopher's CARE

Event overview

  • 24 Jul, 2024, 17 Sep, 2024
  • Varies - see schedule
  • £1,500 plus VAT (organisation funding)
    £1,200 plus VAT (self funding)
  • Prices are 40% of future cost for this pilot programme
  • London, Cambridge and virtual


Useful information

Are you a professional working in health and social care interested to contribute to positive experiences of death, dying and loss through strong and confident leadership?

If so, we would like to invest in you.

We are interested to work with emerging leaders who want to improve how people live, die and grieve, by drawing on new and different leadership thinking and action. They will be people that aspire to shape care, build partnerships and form services that are future orientated, courageous and creative in nature.

You will have the opportunity to learn as part of a group of like-minded people who can rise above the challenges of today to meet tomorrow’s opportunities. Those contributing to the course as facilitators and guest speakers are drawn from within and beyond the hospice and palliative care sectors.

Our programme starts in September 2024 and runs until May 2025 with a mix of in-person and online learning.

Our curriculum is forward-focused and covers a range of issues. Online sessions last three hours in length, providing opportunities for conceptual learning, practical application, personal reflection and action planning.  The four days in person (two at the start and two at the end) include opportunities for a dinner and overnight stay to build/strengthen relationships. 

What is expected if you join the course?

In the course of the programme you are expected to undertake a work-based placement. We can help guide you in relation to the type of project most appropriate, but it must be one that is seen as valuable by the organisation for which you work, and one which calls on leadership skills in its design and implementation. Your organisation must be happy to support you to identify and work on the project, giving you access to relevant data and resources. Ideally your managers will allocate some time for you to work on this, protected from the demands of the rest of your job. 

We expect participants to attend at least 80% of the course and to be prepared to complete the work-based project.

This leadership programme is an excellent opportunity for leaders and managers that have an aspiration to progress to director level and beyond. You will be recognised as having leadership potential and talent by your employing organisation.

This course will be of interest to:

  • Senior Managers already in post who want to build strategic leadership skills
  • Senior team leaders and heads of department who aspire to lead directorates in the future
  • New CEOs or COOs who have recently taken up roles within the hospice/palliative care sector and who want to immerse themselves in this area of work
  • Existing directors looking to hone their leadership skills

The dates for the programme have been set as follows: 

24.07.24online introduction to the course; 2 hours between 10am and 12pm UTC+1
17.09.24 in person; London or Cambridge, including dinner in the evening 
18.09.24in person; London or Cambridge 
10.10.24online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC+1
31.10.24online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
21.11.24online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
12.12.24online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
09.01.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
30.01.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
27.02.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
20.03.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
10.04.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
01.05.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
20.05.25in person; London or Cambridge, including dinner in the evening 
21.05.25 in person; London or Cambridge 

Plus: an optional 3-hour session on resilience and wellbeing, coaching and mentoring time (around 6 hours in total). 

Topics covered in the programme: 

  • Knowing self, values and strengths 
  • Building personal assets and resilience 
  • Building strategic vision and clarity
  • Financial confidence
  • Authentic, centred leadership and gravitas
  • Forward looking transformation and change 
  • Negotiation skills and influencing others 
  • Maximising agency and leverage 
  • Big picture thinking
  • Driving innovation 
  • Building others 
  • Networks, collaboration and partnership working 
  • Being intelligent around risk
  • Intimacy at scale
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Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson currently works as Director of Academic Learning and Action in the Professional Learning team at St Christopher’s CARE. She previously worked as Joint Chief Executive, then CEO of…
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Marie Cooper

Marie Cooper

Senior Nursing Advisor Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing Marie is a nurse with many years’ experience of clinical leadership with an expertise in practice development across a range of care settings. Having…
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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.

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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