Due to the travel constraints imposed on us due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St Christopher’s is offering an alternative virtual classroom in which we can meet and learn together. MP Academy in 2020 will comprise a blended programme initiated over the 5-days of the week Monday 19 to Friday 23 October, of facilitated, structured and interactive online learning.
Our aim is to empower and equip programme participants to address some of the challenges of delivering holistic palliative and end of life care in the setting and communities in which they work with support from an ongoing global support network of like-minded professionals. Our five-day programme of online activities which includes live interactive face to face sessions, small group work and facilitated self-directed learning, will be followed by six months of Action Learning facilitated by the same programme tutors, to support a community of learning – where like-minded professionals can share their experiences, knowledge and skills as well as their responses to shared challenges.
This programme offers structured facilitation so that each person can gain a clear understanding of what is relevant to their own specific care setting and a plan for the implementation of their learning into practice. The programme includes practice reflection facilitated by senior hospice clinicians with recorded presentations, group discussions and individual action planning. It also offers the opportunity to participate in an ongoing online learning community.
How do I apply?
Please note that there are a limited number of places available for MP Academy and early booking is advised.
To apply, please download, complete and email the application form to the Education Team. All applications must be completed in full and, once received, will be assessed by a multi-professional panel.
“St Christopher’s Multi-professional Academy course provided me with new skills, knowledge and confidence through educational meetings with a variety of passionate palliative care providers with various expertise from all over the world,”
Marie Rose Ntigura, Head of Palliative Care at Mazabuka General Hospital in Zambia.
Contemporary challenges to the delivery of palliative and end of life care and implications for developing palliative care practice within our own setting/culture.
The impact of COVID-19 and implications for palliative care both locally and globally
Undertaking palliative care service evaluation with a focus on service user and carer experience
Providing psycho-social and spiritual care in contemporary society
Management of complexity in advanced disease and ageing
Interpersonal communication skills required to support patient-focused discussions and advance care planning
The role of education and community engagement in the delivery of services.
Who is it for?
The programme is open to:
allied health professionals
Liz Bryan, Palliative and End of Life Care Education Consultant
Dr Alison Landon, Speciality Doctor in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher’s
Sally Mercer, PhD Student/Palliative Care Worker
Kati Scott, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher’s
The Rev Andrew, Goodhead Spiritual Care Lead, St Christopher’s
What will the course look like?
Regardless of where you live in the world, we invite you to join us remotely. MP Academy students will enter the virtual classroom via St Christopher’s online learning platform (OLP).
There you will find articles, interactive activities, videos and other resources to support your own self-directed learning with a two-hour real-time interactive session at the same time each day of the Academy week, Monday 19 to Friday 23 inclusive.
In addition, students will be divided into smaller groups or ‘cells’ with similar time zones to enable group discussion and activities. The 5-day programme will then be followed by ongoing online Action Learning facilitated by the MP Academy tutors over a period of six months.
Overall Programme Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme participants will have;
A greater understanding of contemporary global challenges to the effective care of people at the end of life
A greater understanding of St Christopher’s history and how change has been implemented to ensure greater reach and impact
Insight into experience and learning to date regarding the palliative care response (both global and local) to the COVID-19 pandemic from our different cultural perspectives
A greater understanding of how the complex issues faced by those with advanced disease might be managed
A greater understanding of the dynamics of multi-disciplinary team working
A greater understanding of the importance of ensuring service delivery is underpinned by robust research-based evidence and evaluation
Identified an action plan designed to support the implementation of learning into practice and formulated a strategy for evaluation
Participated in an international learning community of palliative care professionals
If you have any questions about this or any of our other courses, please contact the Education team who will be happy to help
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
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