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“I don’t know what to say…”

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An introductory course on communication skills for front line support staff - new virtual learning experience coming soon

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5 points on practicalities when someone dies

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Tips

  • Register the death. You will need to make an appointment at your local register office within five days (eight in Scotland). They will produce a death certificate. Buy a few copies, and take a friend or family member with you for moral support.
  • Use the ‘Tell Us Once’ Service, your Registrar will be able to give you contact information. This service notifies all the relevant government departments. You can also use the Stop Mail service (see contact details below) who will be able to prevent marketing letters arriving for the person who has died.
  • You may be entitled to bereavement benefits. Visit the government’s website (below) for more information.
  • Arrange the funeral. Under the current restrictions enforced by the Government during the Covid-19 outbreak, funerals and cremations may be disrupted or delayed. If you are using a funeral director, they will be able to explain the current rules. In addition, the number of family members permitted to attend a funeral has been limited, and you may be unable to attend if you are in isolation, which can be very distressing. You might like to think of other ways that you can mark your own private goodbye or memorial at home.
  • Some people find it helpful to make a list of family/friends who could give practical help or advice, or to accept support already offered. Tackle things at your own pace and in your own time according to what works for you.

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5 tips for planning the future

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Tips

  • Think about your future care and support. A good place to start could be to think, ‘what’s important to me’? For example, would you choose to be at a hospice or stay at home; who would you like to be there if you get sick, and what kinds of treatments would you like or refuse? Write your decisions down so that those who care for you have a record.
  • Plan your own funeral: it isn’t being morbid, it’s being organised. Decide how you’d like it, then let your family know. When the time comes, it will be a huge comfort to them to know they are doing the right thing. You may want to talk with your family about how a funeral will be paid for and what aspects of the funeral are most important to you.
  • Make your thoughts about organ donation known and record them, so that your loved ones know your wishes in advance.
  • Consider whether you need to make a Will, which can allow you to plan what happens to you money, dependents, and possessions after you die. Making your wishes known in advance through a Will can often help to give you peace of mind for the future.
  • Think about your digital legacy, for example, what would happen to the information on your mobile phone or Facebook account. Take time to understand the options and then let people know what you’d like to happen.

For further information see https://www.dyingmatters.org/page/planning-ahead and St Christopher’s Leaflet on Do I need to make a Will?


5 tips for tackling difficult conversations

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Tips

  • Be honest and personal: it’s OK to say ‘I know this is a sensitive subject’, or ‘we’ve never spoken about his before, but’ and then explain why it’s important to you to talk about dying and death
  • Choose your moment and try a general question like ‘have you ever thought about what you’d like to happen if you became seriously ill?’ or ‘have you ever thought about what kind of funeral you’d like?’ Or you might ask if they’ve considered what would happen to any dependents, organ donation, things that they’d like people to know, or written a Will  
  • If at first you don’t succeed… Try again later. You may have caught your loved one on an off day – but at least you’ve started the conversation
  • Mind your (body) language: non-verbal clues like crossing arms or covering their mouth may be a sign this conversation is uncomfortable. And watch your own body language too! Remember to relax and smile
  • Listen more than you speak. Once you’ve asked the initial question, concentrate on their answer. You may be surprised at what you hear and it could be a relief for the other person to talk openly.

For further help, go to https://www.dyingmatters.org/page/TalkingAboutDeathDying


5 tips on helping manage grief

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Tips

  • Distract yourself a little if you can. Have a cuppa with a friend, if it’s possible, or watch a film
  • Being outdoors around nature is often beneficial for your mental wellbeing
  • Find a healthy outlet to express your grief – through exercise, talking, journaling or painting
  • Let others know what support or help you need, be it practical or emotional support
  • Promise yourself you won’t feel guilty if you laugh or forget for a moment that you are grieving. Instead, be grateful for these brief moments of respite.

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5 tips on how to say goodbye

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Tips

  • It is very difficult to make sense of a death, sudden or expected. We are unable to make meaning of it for some time. We need to find ways in place of the previously recognised opportunities to gather and remember in the days after a death.
  • What rituals have been traditional in your family around a funeral or afterwards? Think how you might use these at home. Are there prayers or poems or prose or music that has a particular resonance and importance to you, or to the person who has died?
  • For the funeral, ask if it is possible to livestream the event so that family and friends can join this remotely.
  • Plan an event in the future when you can gather as a family with friends. What would be appropriate? Sharing stories, planning a eulogy or tribute, creating a photo montage.
  • Take time to remember alone. If lighting a candle or writing your memories helps with the remembering, these are good ways to hold the person who has died in your thoughts.

For more support you could visit https://www.cruse.org.uk/coronavirus/funerals


5 tips on remembering those who have died

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Tips

  • Not being present when a relative dies, having the opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ or being unable to attend a funeral or memorial service can make grief more complicated to navigate. Saying goodbye matters. Each person must find their own ways to seek, create and take memories which allow the person who has died to remain present in the life of the bereaved even though physically absent.
  • Sharing stories and memories of the person who has died, either by writing a journal, or a joint phone call, or writing memories down helps to keep the person ‘alive’ in our thoughts.
  • Find a time in the year when the social situation changes when you can gather together to memorialise. In this, tell your memories, share pictures, allow yourselves to feel the sadness of the occasion as well and the happier memories you have.
  • It is possible to create memorial pages on social media sites. These can be accessed by several people who have permission from the page ‘owner.’
  • St Christopher’s has our own memorial pages for those who would like to develop their own away from social media. These allow memories to be written, photos to be added and ‘virtual candles’ to be lit.
  • The date of a death, a birthday or important anniversary can become occasions when the person who has died is remembered.
  • Bereavement does not end, it is lived with, and men and women remain bereaved. Enabling personal and shared opportunities to remember and memorialise recognises the we have continuing bonds with the deceased person.


5 tips on speaking to someone who is grieving

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Tips

  • It’s better to do something than nothing – to acknowledge loss rather than ignore it
  • Look for invitations to talk from the other person. If they start talking about the person who has died, encourage them, even if it seems to make them upset
  • Be comforting when opening up the conversation rather business-like
  • Try and create an environment where the person has the freedom to talk or not talk, according to what they want. “I’m around all day if you fancy a chat…” 
  • Grief has its own pace and time so it will be different for each one of us. There should be no expectation on a bereaved person, for instance, that they need to cry – or stop crying – they will find a way through this that’s best for them

Further support can be found at
St Christopher’s Bereavement Team 020 8768 4599, info@stchristophers.org.uk 

Or https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/


Activities for all

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

There are lots of activities happening at our Sydenham site that are open to anyone and everyone. Whether you’re under our care, visiting a friend or relative, or just dropping in for a cuppa; you are welcome to attend any of these activities.
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Additional information on medicines used in symptom control

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet contains further information on your medicines and the way that we sometimes use them in palliative care. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. (more…)

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Administration of injection video guide and paper prompts

SOURCE: Health Education England | TYPE: Videos

This audio-visual resource was developed at the request of NHS nurse educators tasked with supporting and integrating newly appointed international nurse recruits.

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Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home

SOURCE: Department of Health and Social Care, NHS, Public Health England | TYPE: Guidance

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Advance Care Plan

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

Advance Care Planning is a process of discussion between an individual and their care provider. Wishes and preferences are documented in an Advance Care Plan booklet which becomes a patient held record. This has been designed to be provided in the hard copy format which you can obtain from St Christopher’s bookshop. Please do not print from the website. Thank you.

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Advance Care Planning

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A Hospice Education and Learning Partnership (HELP) course

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St Christopher's Education


Advance Care Planning

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet explains how to consider your choices and preferences for the future – if you have any other questions, we hope you will talk them over with a member of staff who will be glad to help.
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Advance Care Planning by phone or video

SOURCE: Compassing In Dying | TYPE: Guidance

This framework has been designed to support GPs to have advance care planning conversations
with patients by phone or video, in the context of COVID-19. It is a tool to help you have honest
and open conversations.

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Advanced Assessment in Enhancing Palliative Care Practice

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Advice and support dedicated telephone line for professionals

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Helpline

If you need any advice or support during this time, please call us on 020 8768 4582


Age-attuned Hospice care

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: publications

An opportunity to better end of life care for older people

Report by Caroline Nicholson and Heather Richardson

“This document is a “call to arms” to the Hospice movement to recognise that there are a large group of people who currently are denied palliative care…This is a very timely publication. The challenge to us all is to reflect and then act to improve care for our frail older patients.”

Dr Eileen Burns
President of the British Geriatric Society, Consultant in Older People’s Medicine

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Annual Study Day for Independent Nurse and Pharmacist Prescribers in Palliative Care

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Exploring some of the latest thinking and best practice around prescribing for prescribers

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Update for Independent Nurse and Pharmacist Prescribers in Palliative Care


Anticipatory prescribing for symptom control

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Guidance

Anticipatory prescribing refers to charts and, where appropriate, medications that are left in a person’s usual place of residence for use by visiting clinicians should problems arise with uncontrolled symptoms.

  • Patients are most vulnerable to these in the last days of life and when they are no longer able to swallow
  • The common ones are pain, nausea and vomiting, distress and agitation and respiratory secretions
  • The guidance below covers these.

There has been controversy over the best practice for clinicians to adopt following the widely publicised Gosport Enquiry.

  • General, national guidance and policies are currently under development and several members of the clinical team at St Christopher’s are closely involved with this work
  • Our current guidance reflects the developing thinking, is subject to regular review and scrutiny and will be modified as further evidence emerges around the best and safest practice to adopt
  • Our 24 hour specialist advice and support is there to back up this general guidance to ensure, as far as possible, that clinical decisions are individualised and safe.


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DOWNLOAD ANTICIPATORY PRESCRIBING GUIDANCE FOR ADULTS (PDF)


Applied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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CBT skills for professionals working with patients with long-term conditions and end of life care

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CBT


Art for All

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Join us every Tuesday afternoon on YouTube to explore your creative side and take part in new art activities. This is also an opportunity to participate in ongoing St Christopher’s art projects that will be displayed in the hospice as a way to remember how we spent this time.

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

Week 2 – 21.04.20

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

What you’ll need: Something you find beautiful. This can be a real object or something from your imagination

Week 3 – 28.04.20

A page full of colour

What you’ll need: a piece of paper and coloured pencil

Week 4 – 05.05.20

The butterfly effect

What you’ll need: toilet paper/kitchen paper/coffee filters and felt tips or watercolour paints

Week 5 – 12.05.20

Mandala making

What you’ll need: coloured pencils/newspaper/leaves/sequins/beads/fabric anything you can cut and/or stick onto a piece of paper

Week 6 – 19.05.20

St Christopher’s dinosaurs: call for designs

What you’ll need: to print out this template (image to be created) or draw one yourself by creating a square grid of 15cmx15cm with squares of 3cm

You’ll then need coloured pencils, pens or collage materials.

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Art for All online Session 11.5.20: Get involved!

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Join us for a YouTube art group each Tuesday where we’ll present art activities, along with calls for contributions to large scale St Christopher’s-wide art projects.

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Art for All online session 14.4.20

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

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Art for All online session 22.4.20

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

All you need is a pencil and paper for this activity and you’re ready to go!

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Art for All online session 28.4.20: “Bring me sunshine”

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

This ‘Art for All’ session focuses on light- sunlight to be specific! Learn about Cyanotype art printing and to have a go at making your own art, using shadows as a creative inspiration.

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Art for All Online Session 4.5.20: “A page full of colour”

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Sometimes we all need a bit of colour in our lives. Watch how to make the perfect art piece to complement an NHS window rainbow, using materials that everyone has at home. And take part in an activity that encourages us all to look at colour differently within our own homes.

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Art group

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Join this relaxed Zoom group to learn new art skills, meet other art group members, have a chat and hear about opportunities to get involved in St Christopher’s art projects.

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

 

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Avoid frailty score in Covid-19 guidance when assessing LD patients

SOURCE: Nursing Times | TYPE: Articles

Nursing Times article advising clinicians not to use the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) when assessing whether people with learning disabilities and other conditions should be admitted to critical care. 

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Award in Awareness of End of Life Care – City & Guilds Level 2 & 3

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Improve end of life care through better understanding

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Award in Awareness of End of Life Care – City & Guilds Level 2 & 3


Bereavement

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

Most people will experience bereavement at some time in their life. Everyone reacts to their loss in their own unique way

Grief can be very painful and may give rise to feelings and thoughts that you don’t expect. You may find the information in this leaflet helpful. (more…)

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Bereavement Café

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Please request your Zoom meeting invite by emailing communityaid@stchristophers.org.uk

The Creating Conversations project aims to break down the silence around death and give each of us a voice, where open conversations are welcome in normalising dying, death and grief. After two years of meeting face to face, we have a new home in keeping with government directives on safe distancing because of Covid-19.

The Bereavement Café is open to all people living in our catchment areas of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley and Croydon. There will be an invited special guest speaker every other Monday.

Now more than ever, you deserve to share your stories, to be heard and to connect through shared experiences. Join us if you are bereaved and struggling with loss and grief. You do not need to carry the burden alone.

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Bite Size Virtual Learning: Advance Care Planning

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

On demand virtual learning delivery of bite size sessions

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Bite Size Virtual Learning: Advance Care Planning for older people with frailty

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

Strategies to help engage cognitively-able older people living with frailty with advance care planning

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Communication Skills


Bite Size Virtual Learning: Care after Death – a useful guide for care homes

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

On demand virtual learning delivery of bite size sessions

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Bite Size Virtual Learning: Challenging Conversations – Communication Skills and the 5Ps Framework

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

On demand virtual learning delivery of bite size sessions

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Communication Skills


Bite Size Virtual Learning: Finding your balance – wellbeing, resilience and self care

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

A multi-part bite size series available on demand

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Bite Size Virtual Learning: Importance of Interpersonal Communication Skills in Nursing

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

On demand virtual learning delivery of bite size sessions

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Bite Size Virtual Learning: Terminal Agitation

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

On demand virtual learning delivery of bite size sessions

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Bite Size Virtual Learning: The importance of spirituality for people at the end of life

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

On demand virtual learning delivery of bite size sessions

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Breathlessness

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet will provide you with basic advice to help you manage your breathlessness. It is intended to act as a reminder following a physiotherapy session – please ask if you have any questions. (more…)

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Bromley Care Coordination at St Christopher’s

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

Helping you to get the right care, in the right place, at the right time

Who we are

Our friendly team of clinical nurse specialists, staff nurses and healthcare assistants are on hand to support people living in Bromley with advanced illness and frailty enabling them to remain at home and live well.

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Bromley Care Coordination at St Christopher’s – Information for Professionals

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

Who we are

Bromley Care Coordination (BCC) is provided by our expert team at St Christopher’s and commissioned by Bromley Clinical Comissioning Group. The service enables patients with advanced illness, multi-morbidities and frailty to receive timely and coordinated care in the community.

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Bungee Jumps

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Calling everyone with a taste for adventure, Bungee Jumping is an activity that the vast majority of people are capable of undertaking. You can bungee jump for St Christopher’s at anytime throughout the year.

We ask that you pay £75 registration fee to cover the cost of your jump, then raise £150 sponsorship to which will go directly to supporting the work of St Christopher’s.

Please visit http://ukbungee.co.uk/bookjump/ to book yours today or call UK Bungee on 0845 319 5767 for group bookings. Don’t forget to let us know you are jumping for St Christopher’s so we can support you with fundraising tips, ideas, and a t-shirt to wear on the day!

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Candle: Children and Funerals

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

Parents and carers want to do the best for their children, and it is very hard to know what is best for them when a death has happened. You are trying to come to terms with what has happened, cope with painful and difficult feelings, and there are so many decisions and choices to be made.

This leaflet has been written to help you think about your children and the funeral, why they should have the chance to go, and how to answer some of their questions.

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Candle: Children, Young People and Loss

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

St Christopher’s has been providing bereavement counselling to patients’ families for over 50 years. St Christopher’s Candle Child Bereavement Service extends this support to all children, young people and their families in the south east London area, covering the boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth. Any parent, carer, teacher or healthcare professional can make a referral to the Candle Child Bereavement Service. Young people aged over 16 can refer themselves.

We also offer a specialist training, advice and consultancy service to schools and other agencies working with children facing bereavement.

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Candle: How to help your bereaved child

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

How to help your bereaved child

You may be bereaved yourself, and may be finding it hard to keep your child’s needs in mind with all that is happening.The following points are a guide to help you focus on what is going on for them. (more…)

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Candle: Someone close has died

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

How to help a bereaved young person – a guide for adults

Every year many young people experience the death of someone they are close to. Some of these deaths will be sudden and some will be after a long illness, but all losses can be difficult for teenagers. This leaflet is designed to help you understand some of the aspects of a death that are hard for young people and to give some ideas about how you can offer support. (more…)

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Candle: Someone has died suddenly

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

Helping your child

Everyone is very shocked when someone dies suddenly. There has been no time to prepare and often no warning that the person was going to die. Shock affects adults and children physically and emotionally, and some of the effects you may notice are feeling dizzy or sick, shaky, shivery, hot and cold. After a shock we often feel very unsafe for a while, and need to take things quietly. This leaflet mentions some of the things you and your child may be feeling. (more…)

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Carers group

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Join us every Wednesday afternoon on Zoom to chat with other carers, build relationships and share your stories.

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

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Caring for your dying relative at home with COVID-19

SOURCE: Hospice UK | TYPE: Guidance

This guidance is produced to help support people who are caring for someone who is dying at home from COVID-19 infection

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Challenging conversations at end of life

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Communication skills for professionals including advance care planning

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Challenging Conversations Webinar for care homes

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning, Webinar

Part of the End of Life Care Webinar series in relation to Covid-19 for care homes in the South East London and Croydon area

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Childhood Bereavement Programme

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Working in Childhood Bereavement courses from St Christopher’s Candle and Hospice UK, accredited by Middlesex University

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Christmas Coffee Morning

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Join your local hospice for coffee, cake, Christmas cards and live entertainment. This is our chance to thank our local community for their ongoing support.

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Classic Vehicle Group charity car show

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Classic Vehicle GroupFollowing the success of last year’s event which raised over £1000, this year’s display will once again be held on the front meadow at Coolings Garden Centre.

As well as the Garden Centre, the meadow is ideal for a picnic by the car, or if you prefer: breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are all available in Arthur’s Restaurant.

The ‘Jazznights’ trio will also be playing in the meadow between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

Entry is free and there will be a collection on the day for St Christopher’s.

If you are interested in displaying your car at the event, please contact Mike Twomey in advance miketwomey2@gmail.com for an entry form. There is a £3 minimum donation per car with all proceeds going to St Christopher’s.

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Clinical guide for the management of palliative care in hospital during the coronavirus pandemic

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Guidance

NHS Clinical Guide for Management of Palliative Care in Hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic

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Clive Carroll

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An evening of this guitar phenomenon's masterful compositions

We are delighted to welcome back guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists.

He has toured Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America, garnering praise for his sublime performances of everything from 16th and 17th century lute music to jazz standards, blues, Irish reels and his own groundbreaking compositions.

How to book

To reserve your place at one of these exclusive concerts:

BOOK AND PAY ONLINE

  • Telephone reception on 0208 768 4500 – Money will be payable at the door

If you cancel a reserved place please let us know as numbers are limited.

Clive Carroll


Clostridium difficile (C.diff)

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet gives you information on Clostridium difficile (C.diff) and how St Christopher’s is working to control it. (more…)

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

You have been referred to the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) clinic here at St Christopher’s Hospice either because you have asked for some help or because a member of the team has suggested that you come. This leaflet aims to answer some of the more common questions about CBT and help you understand a little more about what to expect. (more…)

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Coming to St Christopher’s Hospice as an inpatient

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet explains what you can expect as an inpatient at St Christopher’s. We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more
questions please ask your doctor or nurse.
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Community palliative, end of life and bereavement care in the Covid-19 pandemic

SOURCE: Association for Palliative Medicine, Royal College of General Practitioners | TYPE: Guidance

A guide to end of life care symptom control when a person is dying from Covid-19 for General Practice Teams, prepared by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Association for Palliative Medicine.

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Compassionate Care with Namaste Training

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New virtual learning experience coming soon

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Compassionate Care with Namaste Training


Complementary therapies

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet explains about complementary therapies available at St Christopher’s and Harris HospisCare – if you have any other questions, we hope you will talk them over with a member of staff who will be glad to help. If you are thinking of using another complementary therapy service, please ask us for further information. (more…)

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Confidential support for individual Care Home staff

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Telephone

We have had several requests from Care Homes asking if we can offer support to individual staff. This is why we have created a new staff support service called Hear For You.

What is Hear For You?

Hear For You offers confidential telephone and email support to all care home staff. It is provided by experienced staff and counsellors here at St Christopher’s. Think of this as a ‘check in’ service to support your wellbeing. You may want to talk about a difficult moment at work, worries about your family or friends or simply offload for a few minutes. Whatever you need we’ll do our best to support you – your emotional wellbeing is very important to us.

How do I access support?

Simply email us at hearforyou@stchristophers.org.uk or call us on 020 8768 4688. Let us know which CCG you work in, and where possible the care home you work for. This will remain completely confidential. We will be available between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you want to book in a call outside of these times simply email us and we’ll do our best to fit this in for you.

Is this support confidential?

Please rest assured that everything you share will remain confidential unless we have a concern that falls within our safeguarding protocol.


Consent – what you have a right to expect

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

1 What does consent really mean?

Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your permission or ‘consent’ to do so.
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Contact Precautions

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

Why do I need to supported with care using ‘contact precautions’?

If you are being cared for in this way, it may be because you are infected with a micro-organism that can be passed to other people, or because you have symptoms of a contagious disease. For example, you might have a rash that could mean you have chicken pox or shingles, or, if you have diarrhoea and vomiting this could mean you have a gastrointestinal infection. If any of this applies to you, we will explain the reasons for needing to use these extra precautions. (more…)

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Continuous drug stock balance chart

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Continuous SC Infusion Syringe Driver Charts

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Controlled drug stock balance chart

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Coordinate My Care

SOURCE: Coordinate My Care (CMC) | TYPE: Guidance

Coordinate My Care is an innovative NHS service that builds medical care around the wishes of each patient. You create the plan with your GP: then we share it with all the healthcare professionals who might treat you. So everyone looking after you knows exactly what you want.

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Coordinate my Care (myCMC) Webinar for care homes

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning, Webinar

Part of the End of Life Care Webinar series in relation to Covid-19 for care homes in the South East London and Croydon area

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Coordinate My Care quick reference guide

SOURCE: Coordinate My Care (CMC) | TYPE: Guidance

Quick Reference Guide to CMC Urgent Care Plans

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Coping with dying

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet describes some of the physical changes that happen to people as they start to die. It anticipates some of the questions you may want to ask about what is happening and why, and encourages you to ask for further help or information if there is anything at all that is worrying you.
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Coping with feelings of depression

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

1 Coping with feelings of depression

There is no right or wrong way to feel when you or someone close to you has a terminal illness. You may experience a range of emotions, at different times. You may feel shock, fear, anger and resentment. Or you may feel helpless, sad, frustrated or perhaps experience relief and acceptance. You may also feel isolated and alone, even if you have family and friends around you.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) if you’re affected by terminal illness

SOURCE: Marie Curie | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

Marie Curie’s advice on understanding COVID-19 if you’re affected by a terminal illness

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) if you’re affected by terminal illness

SOURCE: Marie Curie | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

Marie Curie’s advice on understanding covid-19 if you’re affected by a terminal illness

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) if you’re affected by terminal illness

SOURCE: Marie Curie | TYPE: Guidance

Marie Curie’s advice on understanding Covid-19 if you’re affected by a terminal illness:

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

SOURCE: Department of Health and Social Care | TYPE: Guidance

Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity.

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Coronavirus education programme for End of Life Care

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Virtual learning

This programme is freely available to colleagues working in the NHS, independent sector and social care.

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Coronavirus resource hub

SOURCE: Royal College of General Practitioners | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

The Royal College of GP’s coronavirus resource hub which includes a palliative care section

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Coronavirus: resources for people with a learning disability

SOURCE: Learning Disability Wales | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

Learning Disability Wales guidance resources for Covid-19 

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Covid-19 Learning Disability Resources

SOURCE: Carers in Southampton | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

Carers in Southampton, Covid 19 learning disability resources

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COVID-19 rapid guideline: critical care in adults

SOURCE: NICE | TYPE: Guidance

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Covid 19 Guidance on supporting staff who are self-isolating, communicating with patients, remote working and reviewing and stopping critical care treatment 

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Covid-19 useful links

SOURCE: Association for Palliative Medicine, Royal College of General Practitioners | TYPE:

Community palliative, end of life and bereavement care in the Covid-19 pandemic

A guide to end of life care symptom control when a person is dying from Covid-19 for General Practice Teams, prepared by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Association for Palliative Medicine.

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COVID-19: Guidance for community and inpatient services

SOURCE: Royal College of Psychiatrists | TYPE: Guidance

Royal College of Psychiatrists, Community and inpatient services – COVID-19 guidance for clinicians

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COVID-19: How to work safely in care homes

SOURCE: Public Health England | TYPE: Guidance

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COVID-19: Our Action Plan for Adult Social Care

SOURCE: Department of Health and Social Care | TYPE: Guidance


Creating Conversations Café

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The Creating Conversations project aims to break down the silence around death and give each of us a voice, where open conversations are welcome in normalising dying, death and grief. After two years of meeting face to face, we have a new home in keeping with government directives on safe distancing.

In both these Creating Conversations Cafés, Carol Trower, Project Lead for Creating Conversations, will be speaking about how care is coordinated at the end of life. This will be followed by friendly discussions and a chance to think about what this means for you.

Most people have questions and worries, so do join us for this informative session where your questions can be heard and answered. We welcome all who live in our catchment areas of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley and Croydon.

On Tuesday 12 May, 11am-12pm, join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81770228174

On Thursday 14 May, 2.30-3.30pm, join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87812062196

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Creative writing group

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Join us for our online creative writing group to explore your creative side through words. In this group you can try creative writing activities designed to get your imagination going and to combat writer’s block.

We’ll also facilitate poetry writing activities and provide a space to share writing projects with others. At the end of the lockdown we hope to create a zine of our creative work, recording our reactions to this time.

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

 

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Daily prayer

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Join our Spiritual Care team as they take you through a daily prayer.

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

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Death Café

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The Creating Conversations project aims to break down the silence around death and give each of us a voice, where open conversations are welcome in normalising dying, death and grief. After two years of meeting face to face, we have a new home in keeping with government directives on safe distancing because of Covid-19.

The Death Café is a space for people of any background, religion, culture or belief to meet together in a non-judgmental environment to discuss death, dying and bereavement. It is open to all people living in our catchment areas of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley and Croydon.

Bring your questions and concerns –we are here to listen and respond as together we appreciate our finite lives.

Please join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom/j/83004839128

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Difficulty Sleeping

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

1 Introduction

Lots of people have a problem with sleeping at some time during their lives. If you are ill, sleep can be hard because of anxiety, worry about treatment, fears about the future, or just because you are going through a stressful time in your life. (more…)

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Do I need to make a Will?

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet is intended for general guidance only and we suggest that you obtain proper legal advice if you are in doubt about the meaning of anything. Some of the legal terms used in this leaflet are explained below. (more…)

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Eating and drinking when ill

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet aims to answer frequently asked questions about appetite, weight loss and the need for fluids or artificial hydration (fluid intake given by a drip) if you, or the person you are caring for, become very ill. (more…)

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End of Life Care in Frailty

SOURCE: British Geriatrics Society | TYPE: Guidance

The aim of this guidance is to support clinicians and others in considering the needs of and providing high quality care for frail older people as they move towards the end of their lives. 

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End of Life Journal

SOURCE: British Medical Journal, St Christopher's | TYPE: Articles

End of Life Journal was a free, online, peer-reviewed journal that published articles on all aspects of nursing practice relating to end-of-life care.

The journal was primarily aimed at generalist nurses working in hospital, community and care home settings. Many articles will also be of interest to the palliative care nursing audience as well as members of the wider multidisciplinary team.

The journal focused on care for patients with both malignant and non-malignant disease and their family and friends.

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Enigma 14

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An evening of music by Alwyn, Debussy and Martinu

Lisa Nelsen, Julian Metzger and Paul Turner have come together out of a passion for performing chamber music. The combination of wind, strings and piano offers intense tone colours, and shows the almost vocal power of communication between them, especially with flute, cello and piano.

Tonight’s programme includes music by Alwyn, Debussy and Martinu.

‘…a lively and fresh creative approach and they play with great authority as an ensemble – uplifting music-making’

How to book

To reserve your place at one of these exclusive concerts:

BOOK AND PAY ONLINE

  • Telephone reception on 0208 768 4500 – Money will be payable at the door

If you cancel a reserved place please let us know as numbers are limited.

Enigma 14


Exercise at home

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

A set of four videos designed to help people through exercise

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