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Compassionate Care with Namaste Training

St Christopher's CARE


1 day
25 May, 2021
Virtual learning
All prices include VAT

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"This day is motivational! It guides the delegate from realising the care, underpinning principles of Namaste as an enhanced care programme to encouraging the person to have the confidence to do it! Just do it because we can."

Course delegate

About the event

Namaste has traditionally been offered to people with advanced dementia.

At St Christopher’s we have adapted this programme to include a compassionate care approach and also a broader range of conditions; people who are locked in, agitated and/or anxious, frail and elderly and for all those with palliative care needs.

  • What will I learn?

    The aim of the day is to:

    • develop awareness of working from a place of compassion and explore how this can enhance our practice
    • learn about principles of the Namaste Care Programme for people with advanced dementia and explore opportunities to integrate these principles, along with compassionate care for all patients/residents and carers
    • develop authentic person-centred care, working with patients at an individual level
    • gain skills in hand and foot massage to be able to deliver when appropriate to patients and carers
    • develop increased awareness about dementia and how we can improve the day to day quality of life of people with dementia in our care.
  • Who is it for?

    The course is for:

    • health or social care support workers
    • registered nurses from any setting
    • ward or care home managers
    • care home activity coordinators.
  • Course tutors

    Course tutors:

    Sarah Guyan Complementary Therapies Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice


    Maaike Vandeweghe Senior Educationalist, St Christopher's CARE

    Maaike graduated from the KATHO (Roeselare, Belgium) in 2002 as a general and mental health nurse. She started her professional career working on mental health A&E units in Belgium and then moved to Aruba (Caribbean) where she worked on a mental health A&E unit and the local prison. After working there for 3 years she moved back to Belgium and continued working in A&E and Nursing Homes.

    Maaike moved to the UK in 2006 and has since worked in Nursing Homes and Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice where she developed a palliative care service for care homes and then also developed and established an education department. Maaike has experience of working in palliative care, mental health, dementia, prison, care homes and education and has completed various post graduate education including a PGCert in Higher Education and a MA in Education.

    Maaike has previously been seconded to the University of Greenwich as a senior lecturer and now works for St Christopher’s Hospice as Senior Educationalist where she alongside her senior leadership role leads on curriculum development and delivery.

    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.

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Learning at St Christopher’s

St Christopher's Education
Our programme

Why our education programme?

We have a well-established programme of high quality, cutting-edge, specialist palliative care education, designed for those working in the UK and internationally.
Studying here

Why St Christopher's?

Education is at the heart of St Christopher’s mission to promote and provide hospice care of the highest standards.
How we educate

Why our way of learning

Including the Namaste toolkit

Library and bookshop
Containing material on all aspects of palliative care, death and bereavement

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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