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The Summer School and Young Adult Volunteer Programme


5 days
29 Jun, 2020 20 Jul, 2020
Week 1: 29 June – 3 July 2020
Week 2: 20 – 24 July 2020
9.30am - 4.00pm
St Christopher's
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Begin your career in health care with St Christopher's Summer School

About the event

Those wishing to undertake a career in healthcare can now progress from Healthcare Support roles to Nursing Associates and Registered (Degree) Nurses via Apprenticeships. These new opportunities provide the same university study as the traditional student routes but are combined with work-based learning as an employee with a salary and no student debt. Add to these the opportunity to qualify as social workers, physiotherapists and paramedics whilst working and gaining experience and you can see that it is a good time to take a fresh look at careers available in health care.

The St Christopher’s Summer School is for you if you are keen to experience work in health and care and achieve a City & Guilds qualification in end of life care at Level 2. This five day course could be the springboard to your future career.

After the course there is an opportunity for you to apply to be a volunteer with our young adults service – making a real difference whilst gaining experience and a reference.

What will I achieve?

Successful completion of a workbook will give you the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Awareness of End of Life Care (three credits). This is one unit that can be used to contribute to future study and

How can I get my place?

  • Course one Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July
  • Course two Monday 20 July to Friday 24 July

You must attend all five days from 9.45am to 4pm at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham. This programme is subsidised so we charge you a £40 contribution against the full cost (£475 per person).

Contact the Education Team to book.

Telephone 020 8768 4656

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

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:

    • an introduction to health and adult care including end of life care, its values, policies and principles
    • the skills and attitudes needed to work in health and adult care
    • the approaches to communication in health and adult care
    • roles, responsibilities and future careers in the health and adult care sector
    • team working, task management, personal effectiveness and employment skills.

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

  • Who is it for?

    • Are you aged 16-19 and interested in a career and maybe an Apprenticeship in health or adult care?
    • Do you enjoy blended learning with a mixture of practical and written activities?
    • Would you like to achieve a national qualification in end of life care which contributes to an Apprenticeship?
    • How about experiencing the work environment, with health and care professionals in a variety of roles so you can consider if any of these professions might be right for you?

    If you answered yes to any of the above, then exploring a career in health and care with St Christopher’s Summer School may be just right for you.

    Over five days you will meet professionals working in the hospice, talk to patients and their relatives and receive training from our Education team of nurses and other qualified specialists.

    Following the course you will have a chance to be one of our young adult volunteers.

  • 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 at the end of each taught day and there is a high level of support.

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

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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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