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St Christopher’s Summer School

St Christopher's CARE


5 days
Online learning
10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00 each day

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Focus on End of Life Care: A programme for young people

This interactive five-day programme, delivered this year via a virtual classroom, is an opportunity to explore the role of hospice/palliative care services and your understanding and response to issues faced by those in your community who are elderly, frail or living with long-term conditions that are life-limiting.

At the end of the programme students will be required to submit an assignment. Successful completion will lead to a City & Guilds accredited qualification. You will also have the opportunity to apply to be a volunteer at St Christopher’s with our young adults service – making a real difference whilst gaining experience and a reference.

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    “Extremely useful and eyeopening. It was life-changing”

    Quote from a previous Summer School student

    At St Christopher’s Hospice our vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it. We promote excellence in end of life care by delivering a range of training programmes to students from all over the world.

  • What will I learn?

    The week will include presentations and discussions about;

    • History and current role of palliative and hospice services
    • Societal taboos around talking about death
    • Challenges related to providing ‘dignified’ care to people at the end of life
    • Attributes of a ‘helper’
    • What we mean by ‘community’
    • Importance of community involvement in caring for people at the end of life
    • Opportunities to get involved

    “A refreshing and enlightening experience which gives you a new perspective on life and death”

    Quote from a previous Summer School student

  • Who is it for?

    The St Christopher’s Summer School programme is for you if you are coming to the end of compulsory education or have already recently begun a college course and are keen to get involved within your community or better understand job opportunities in health and care. This five-day programme could be the springboard to a future career.

  • Course tutors

    St Christopher’s Education staff are dual professionals, with combined clinical and teaching roles and qualifications.

    These specialist staff work with patients and families in end of life care and are skilled in introducing the subjects using participative methods, ensuring that there are opportunities for individual reflection and the sharing of ideas.

    Individual tutorials are given as required and there is a high level of support.

    “I learned more about myself and how to communicate with people”

    Quote from a previous Summer School student

More information

For more information and how to apply, please contact Joanna Reynolds-Cook

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 4663

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Learning at St Christopher’s

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.
How we educate

Why our way of learning

Including the Namaste toolkit

Library and bookshop
Containing material on all aspects of palliative care, death and bereavement

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Our virtual learning offers...

  • Bite size sessions
  • Learning at your own pace
  • On demand video resources
  • Led by professionals
  • Tackling today's challenges
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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