Namaste Care Training


1 day
19 Mar, 2019
9.30am-4.00pm (registration from 9.15am)
All prices include VAT MORE INFO
St Christopher’s, London

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"This day is motivational! It guides the delegate from realising the care, underpinning principles of Namaste as an enhanced care programme to encouraging the person to have the confidence to do it! Just do it because we can."

Course delegate

About the event

“Namaste” means “to honour the spirit within” and the care programme was developed by Professor Joyce Simard in the USA. No additional staff, space or expensive equipment is required. The programme is based around sensory interventions, especially touch. Our Namaste research study, undertaken at St Christopher’s Hospice, showed clear benefits for residents, care staff and family members. We want to share our learning through this training and support package to enable care homes to set up their own Namaste Care.

  • What will I learn?

    The workshop and the toolkit will enable you to:

    • understand the purpose of the Namaste Care programme
    • understand the benefits of the Namaste Care programme for people with dementia, their families, and care staff
    • communicate the vision to the whole care home team
    • lead change in the way the care home team works with people with dementia and their families
    • develop a plan to implement, evaluate and sustain the Namaste Care programme in your care home
  • Who is it for?

    Care Home managers, nurses, activity coordinators or care workers who have dementia care experience. These care staff will lead the Namaste Care programme back in the care home so consideration should be made to sending two or more staff from a care home.

  • Course tutors

    • Min Stacpoole, Nurse Specialist in Dementia and Palliative Care

    Min managed a long stay ward for older people before coming to St Christopher’s. Min has worked in palliative care on the wards, in the community, and in the Care Home Project Team where she developed a specialist interest in palliative care for people with dementia. Min worked with Professor Joyce Simard as nurse researcher on the Namaste Care programme action research study completed in October 2013. The team has published the research findings in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Journal of Dementia Care. Min presented the study at the European Association of Palliative Care and the Dementia Congress, and has lectured extensively on the Namaste Care programme throughout the UK.

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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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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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Education is at the heart of St Christopher’s mission to promote and provide hospice care of the highest standards.
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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