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Advance Care Planning

St Christopher's CARE


1 day
Virtual learning

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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 Hospice Education and Learning Partnership (HELP) course

About the event

Course details

Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of discussing and planning ahead in anticipation of some deterioration in a person’s condition. One of the key elements to support people at the end of their lives is to find out what their preferences and wishes are in relation to where and how they would like to be cared for; ACP supports this.

Highlighted as one of the most difficult areas for health care professionals, advance care planning can greatly help guide patients, families and professionals in decision-making for care at the end of life.

This course will aim to explore the value of good interpersonal communication skills in the context of what often can be distressing circumstances.

  • Register your interest

    • We will let you know when registration for this course opens

    • We will only contact you regarding this event (unless you have previously explicitly opted in to receive communications from us).
  • What will I learn?

    This course 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 through group discussion, observation and participation.
    • Consider the importance of the accessibility of information across agencies to ensure patients’ preferences are known.
  • Who is it for?

    The course is designed for:

    • nurses
    • doctors
    • care home managers
    • health and social care support workers
    • allied health professionals
    • social workers
    • spiritual care practitioners
    • counsellors
    • psychologists.
  • Facilitators

    Kathy Morris, Lecturer, St Christopher’s Hospice
    Kathy is a palliative care practitioner with experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the community as well practice development within care homes. As part of St Christopher’s Education Team, Kathy delivers a range of interdisciplinary learning in subjects related to palliative and end of life care.


    Steph Storer, Lecturer, St Christopher’s Hospice
    Steph has worked in a range of clinical settings including the hospice, community and nursing care homes before joining the Education Team at St Christopher’s as a Lecturer in 2016.

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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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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