Advance Care Planning Reconsidered

St Christopher's CARE

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1 day
07 Feb, 2022
Online learning
10am-3pm
£132
VAT
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The course exceeded my expectations, both in terms of context and delivery. I found it engaging and thought-provoking.

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A study day for all health and social care professionals to learn more about this essential element of end of life care and to reflect and build on their interpersonal communication skills.

Previous learners say the study day has been ‘thought-provoking’ and has helped them reflect and act on their individual strengths and weaknesses in tackling what many healthcare professionals find among the most challenging and potentially rewarding parts of the job.

  • What will I learn?

    This study day will give you the opportunity to:

    • Learn more about advance care planning including key legal and ethical issues
    • Understand the importance of interpersonal communication skills in the context of person-centred care for people facing poor or uncertain prognosis and end of life
    • Reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses
    • Consider the importance of the accessibility of information across agencies to ensure patients’ preferences are known
  • Who is it for?

    The study day is designed for all health and social care professionals.

  • Facilitators

    Tutors

    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.

    Helen Scott

    Helen Scott Independent Nurse Lecturer

    Helen is an Independent Nurse Lecturer specialising in palliative care, end-of-life care and dementia care. Before that she was a Palliative Care Nurse Lecturer and a Practice Development Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Care Home Project Team at St Christopher’s Hospice, London.

    Previously, Helen was the Editor of End of Life Journal, the British Journal of Nursing and was Managing Editor of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

    She is co-founder of a theatre-in-education group ‘Stories That Speak’, which provides communication skills training for people working in palliative care, end-of-life care and dementia care, via drama, role play and personal narratives.

    mary hodgson

    Mary Hodgson Community Action Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Mary is an experienced community facilitator and researcher, and is interested in how people understand societal challenges and want to create change. 

    Mary has a PhD on how people perceive inequality and why they seek to change it, and has worked in charities, social innovation and change leadership programmes as well as on international research and action initiatives.

    She currently leads a team of people creating participation opportunities, new initiatives and tackling societal challenges with community members and professionals in London.

    andrea mills

    Andrea Mills Virtual Communities Lead, St Christopher's CARE

    Andrea graduated from UCL – Institute of Education as a Primary school teacher in 1996. She has worked in a range of schools (in the UK and Spain) as class teacher; curriculum coordinator; department and a senior leader for over twenty years. Andrea has been a local authority advisory teacher in Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston and Lambeth. She is experienced in supporting adults to deliver best practice and assisting educational settings (with poor Ofsted ratings) to raise standards.

    Andrea worked as a tutor and lecturer for primary initial teacher trainees at UCL – Institute of Education from 2016 – 2021. The role involved supporting teaching practice through observation, formative assessment and awarding qualified teacher status. Andrea supported academic progress by planning and delivering teaching sessions and marking assignments.

    Andrea has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2018. Fellowship is awarded to professionals who meet the criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting adult learning (in higher education). She has excellent understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support, as a key contribution to high quality adult learning.

    She now works for St Christopher’s Hospice as Virtual Communities Lead where she facilitates learning virtual and face-to-face learning experiences for a range of learners.

    Nigel Dodds

    Nigel Dodds Consultant Nurse, St Christopher's

    Nigel works with the community nursing team at St Christopher’s; working alongside a consultant physician and two clinical team leads, in leading a large community palliative care team who work in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark Lewisham, and Croydon. He has almost 30 years of nursing experience in HIV/AIDS, community nursing, cancer nursing, and palliative care. Nigel’s palliative care experience has been gained across community and acute hospital settings in London. He originally worked at St Christopher’s in 1999, returned in 2008, and then again in 2016.

    At St Christopher’s, Nigel also leads work around non-medical prescribing, user and patient reported outcome measures, and developing new nursing roles to support career development. He has also worked overseas in Botswana on an HIV/AIDS programme, and with the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in Uganda and Tanzania. Nigel is a registered nurse, and also holds post-registration qualifications in public health nursing, teaching, and non-medical prescribing. Nigel has an MSc in Medical Anthropology, and also an MSc in Healthcare Research (Palliative Care).

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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