Introduction to Compassionate Care with Namaste

St Christopher's CARE


1 day
28 Apr, 2022
Online learning
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"This day is motivational! It guides the delegate from realising the underpinning principles of Namaste as an enhanced care programme to having the confidence to do it!"

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A study day covering all the key elements of this multi-dimensional programme designed to improve and enrich the lives of all, including people living with dementia

Building on the meaning of the word ‘Namaste’ – ‘to honour the spirit within’ – we have developed a study day covering key elements of the Namaste programme through compassionate care and practice.

This introductory course will support you to and enrich the lives of all, including people living with dementia. At St Christopher’s we have adapted the Namaste programme to include a compassionate care approach to a broad range of conditions including people who are ‘locked in’, agitated and/or anxious, frail and elderly and for all those with palliative care needs.

  • What will I learn?

    • How to use Namaste techniques to improve quality of life for patients with dementia and other long term conditions
    • The principles of the Namaste Care Programme and ways of using these for all patients
    • How compassionate working practices and techniques can help prevent burnout
    • Develop genuine person-centred care using role play and a compassionate approach
    • Gain hand massage skills and relaxation techniques using tools and video on the Online Learning Platform.
    • Materials and resources on the OLP – relaxation techniques etc
  • Who is it for?

    All staff in care homes, health and social care support workers, registered nurses, managers of hospital wards and volunteers.

  • Tutors

    Course tutors:

    Sarah Guyan

    Sarah Guyan Complementary Therapies Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Sarah Guyan has practiced bodywork for over 15 years, initially training in massage, reflexology meditation and shiatsu. This interest in complementary therapies motivated her to travel throughout India, Nepal and Central and South America, exploring different practices within these traditions. Sarah’s interest in Eastern medicine inspired her to volunteer as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) apprentice in a South London practice whilst attending university to gain a degree in Chinese Medicine Acupuncture. She returned to India to volunteer at an acupuncture clinic near Calcutta after completing her degree.

    Sarah worked in private practice before joining St Christopher’s. She leads the team of Complementary therapists, has developed a drop-in acupuncture clinic and delivers bodywork to patients, family members and carers. Prior to this career change, Sarah was a senior manager working with children and young people with challenging behaviour.


    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.

    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.

  • What will the course look like?

    Attendees will learn the key elements of the Namaste programme, which include how to cater effectively for physical, sensory and emotional needs.

    There will be a focus on compassion, empathy and kindness. We will explore compassion as a part of successful social interaction. The differences between empathy and compassion will be identified and we will consider the positive impact this can have on our professional practice.

  • Programme

    10.00 Welcome and Introductions – Andrea Mills
    10.25 Case Study – Sarah Guyan, Helen Scott and Andrea Mills
    11.30 Break
    11.40 Kindness and Compassionate Care – Sarah Guyan
    13.00 Lunch
    13.30 An Introduction to the Namaste Care Programme – Helen Scott and Sarah Guyan
    14.30 Discussion on the challenges of implementing Namaste Care – Helen Scott and Sarah Guyan
    14.50 Evaluation – Andrea Mills
    15.00 Close

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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:

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