Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

St Christopher's CARE


3 days with live online sessions
07 Jun, 2022 19 Jul, 2022
June: 7, 8 and 9, July 19, 20 and 21
Online learning
10am to 3pm live online (with lunch break)
All prices include VAT

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"I have really improved on my communication skills in terms of involving the relatives"

Ebun Emillian Obadjere, COPD Community Matron for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

This three-day course provides nurses and Allied Health Professionals working in any setting with the essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life

  • Overview

    The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the importance of end of life care, across all settings.

    This three-day introduction provides all registered nurses, nursing associates and allied health professionals, with the essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life, in the community, acute hospitals, primary care, hospices, prisons and care homes.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to end of life care.

  • What will I learn?

    On completion of this 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
    • Identify areas for development within your own practice and apply learning from the course to optimise those areas.

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

  • Who is it for?

    This course is aimed at all Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals working in any setting.

    Previous attendee from April 2022 gave this feedback:

    “The course was structured very well, and one of the things I liked most, is that it is very interactive. There is recognition of participants limited knowledge and at the same time there is the opportunity to openly discuss current experience and previous ones too.”

  • Facilitator

    Supported by visiting lecturers and clinicians

    Deborah Holman

    Deborah Holman

    Deborah Holman has been working at St Christopher’s since 2002 in clinical practice, in care homes and in education. For 8 years prior to this she worked closely with St Christopher’s as a district nurse with a keen interest in caring for people who chose to die at home.

    From 2012 – 2019 Deborah, alongside others set up St Christopher’s Personal Care Service and worked as the Registered Manager delivering integrated health and social care in people’s homes to those who were frail elderly, having long term conditions and those in the last year of life.

    Deborah has been involved in education at St Christopher’s since 2007 including teaching, training and developing health and social care professionals, volunteers and family members to give high quality care of the dying.  She has a special interest in advance care planning and to help people to talk about difficult things in order to understand what matters to each person. She currently works as an Associate Lecturer for the Hospice.

  • What will the course look like?

    Course outline:

    • Three live online sessions
    • On demand, pre-recorded sessions which can be completed before or after the live sessions including Palliative Care Emergencies, Non-pharmacological management of Breathlessness, Dementia and Palliative Care, Holistic Palliative Care Assessment and Spiritual Care

    Our Online Learning Platform will be available for three months for you to complete the course at a time that is convenient for you.

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St Christopher's Education
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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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