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Palliative Discovery Taster Day

St Christopher's CARE


25 Nov, 2021
Online learning
Morning session 9.15 am -12.15pm
Afternoon session 1pm to 4pm

Participants may choose to attend the morning or afternoon sessions, but full day attendance is recommended

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A free event introducing a new opportunity for clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and associate clinical nurse specialists (ACNS) working in palliative care

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Showcasing Palliative Discovery, a cutting-edge virtual platform to support the learning and growth of nurses working at an advanced level of practice in palliative and end of life care.

Shaped by specialist nurses across the UK, for nurses, Palliative Discovery is an ambitious and exciting offer of learning for nurses working clinically to improve outcomes of care for people at the end of life. 

Join this online launch event to find out more about Palliative Discovery and how it can help you learn, increase your impact and support you build a healthy and sustainable career. 

Find out more about Palliative Discovery

Palliative Discovery Partners

  • What will I learn?

    Within the programme we will:

    • Tell you about how we’ve shaped the learning offer through feedback from CNSs across the UK
    • Introduce participants to some of the contributors and their aspirations for the site
    • Showcase the new virtual platform and provide insights into the support and learning it will provide CNSs
    • Showcase how Palliative Discovery will offer new opportunities for growth and support the challenges facing palliative and end of life care and nurses working within it
    • Find out more about the potential for future development of advanced level practice roles in palliative and end of life care
  • Who is it for?

    Are you a CNS, ACP or working towards this role in palliative care?

    Do you manage ACPs / CNSs as part of your role?

    Are you interested to support learning for this critical element of the palliative care workforce across the NHS and voluntary sector?

    We welcome participants from hospices, hospitals, community services, academic institutions, workforce development agencies and Government to come and find out how Palliative Discovery could support future developments at individual, team, organisational and national levels.

  • Speakers

    You will have the opportunity to hear from:

    • Maggie Bissett, Leader of Palliative Discovery, also Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care for CNWL and UCLH/ HCA.
    • Heather Richardson, JCE and collaborator, Palliative Discovery, St Christopher’s Hospice
    • Vanessa Taylor, Professor of Learning, Teaching and Professional Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care), University of Central Lancashire and collaborator on Palliative Discovery
    • Oriana Tickell, Director of Coaching Programmes and Science of Happiness at work at IOpener Institute, and contributor to Palliative Discovery
    • Marie Cooper, Project Lead for Celebrating Palliative Nursing, St Christopher’s Hospice
    • Ivor Williams, Senior Design Associate and Claudia Hopkins at the Helix Centre who leads a team developing new ways of thinking about and experiencing death an dying in the 21st century.
    • Emily Anderson, CNS and Team Leader for the UCLH and HCA Symptom Control and Palliative Care Team, London and Scarlett Nash
    Maggie Bissett

    Maggie Bissett Nurse Consultant in London, and lead for Palliative Discovery

    Maggie is a nurse consultant in Camden, Islington, UCLH & HCA Symptom Control & Palliative Care Service. Although beginning her career in Edinburgh working in adolescent and adult cancer care, she focused her development towards specialist palliative care, working in inpatient and community settings in central London over 25 years.

    Maggie has a range of senior clinical leadership experience with people with complex palliative care needs requiring specialist care and has also supported various national and international projects. She is the clinical lead for Palliative Discovery.

    Heather Richardson

    Dr Heather Richardson Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher’s; Honorary Professor in the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University

    Heather Richardson works as one of the Joint Chief Executives of St Christopher’s Hospice, London. She has previously held the role of National Clinical Lead for Hospice UK, and worked as Clinical Director, then Strategy Advisor to St. Joseph’s Hospice in east London prior to her move to St Christopher’s.

    Heather is a registered general and mental health nurse and has worked in hospice/palliative care since 1988. She has a PhD, her research concerned with users’ experience of day hospice. More recently, she has developed a research interest around public health and end of life care. She currently serves as an honorary professor in palliative care at Lancaster University.

    In the past, she has received the International Palliative Nurse of the Year award issued by the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and other awards related to her role in innovation in healthcare.

    Oriana Tickell

    Oriana Tickell Lead Consultant, International Coaching Federation (ICF) Performance Dimensions International (PDi) 360 Profiling The Science of Happiness at Work™

    Oriana has found that the Science of Happiness at Work is perfectly aligned with a positive, people-focused approach that builds capability and capacity in others. Which is exactly how she likes to work. That’s because it’s the fastest and most enabling system for achieving results: everyone engages with the process.

    She works as an organizational consultant, change expert, team and executive coach. With 20 years of experience in her field, she has developed profound knowledge by working with a wide range of clients, including manufacturing, financial services, retail, IT and logistics.

    One of the things that gives her great happiness at work is seeing change occur and results delivered as people get reinvigorated by insights about themselves and their teams.  She particularly enjoys supporting others inside organizations to use the Science of Happiness at Work for themselves. Her favorite quote in this respect is, “I never imagined we could cover so much ground in so little time.”

    Oriana is the past president of the International Coach Federation Mexico chapter, and known as an authority on the profession. She and her business partner Mercedes Jahn co-authored a book on Sustainable Leadership.  She works in both Spanish and English.

    Marie Cooper

    Marie Cooper Project Lead for Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing

    Marie is a nurse with 40 years’ experience of clinical leadership with an expertise in practice development across  a range of care settings. Having delivered change in her previous roles, she now supports others to do so. Her particular area of interest is in working with nurse leaders to develop high performance teams and practice. Such opportunities have given her a clarity about the many issues nurse leaders and those engaged in palliative care delivery face today.

    From 2014 to June 2019, Marie was Practice Development Lead for Hospice UK, which enabled her to work with hospice clinical leaders and national organisations to champion the delivery of high quality, accessible palliative care. Since June 2019, Marie works freelance and in addition to her other work she is the Project Lead at St Christopher’s Hospice for the Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing programme. This  is an exciting programme which  includes developing a contemporary Model of Nursing and bringing together pioneering nurses who are shaping palliative care across the world into a vibrant community. The programme’s overarching aim is to celebrate and showcase the unique and vital contribution of end of life and palliative care nursing which is developing internationally.

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    Ivor Williams Senior Design Associate, Helix Centre

    Ivor Williams is Lead for End-of-Life Care at the Institute of Global Health Innovation and Helix Centre at Imperial College London. He previously co-founded the mental health start-up Humane Engineering and created the NHS-approved music therapy app, Cove. In 2018, he was named a New Radical by innovation foundation Nesta and the Observer newspaper for “pioneering a human-centric approach to the experience of dying, bereavement and grief”.


    Claudia Hopkins Helix Centre

    Claudia is a designer on the end-of-life care team at the Helix Centre. She has worked designing primarily in health care and medical education in both the UK and Canada. She is driven to decrease barriers for people accessing health care by using evidence-based and co-creative approaches.

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    Emily Anderson Palliative Care Inpatient Team Lead / Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Emily’s love and enthusiasm for nursing started 20 years ago with her first job at Very Special Kids hospice in Melbourne, Australia. She worked for ten years in Oncology, before moving to London and working the last ten years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in community and hospital Palliative Care. Emily is currently the Team Lead for Palliative Care at University College Hospital London and has a strong passion for nursing leadership, development and engagement. Emily shares Maggie’s ambition of connecting Palliative Care CNS’s nationally and internationally.


    Scarlett Nash Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Scarlett is born and bred Londoner who qualified as a Nurse in 2011. Her first job was on the wards at Royal Trinity Hospice. She later became a Discharge Coordinator, Admissions & Triage Nurse then Community Palliative Nursing, then in 2017, landed her first role as Pall CNS for Marie Curie Hospice.
     After building her confidence and understanding of the community setting, Scarlett felt ready to embrace her first acute CNS role at St George’s University Hospital where she practiced for 3 years, and like many in 2020, experienced her first global pandemic.
    Scarletts continued hunger lies in elevating the creative aspects of palliative care, reflection and national and international connection. She later joined The London Clinic as an End of Life Strategist/ Facilitator & Educator and now shares the same passion and vision as the Palliative Discovery team, to better support, educate and promote the incredible and honourable role of a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She hopes such a platform will continue to inform and inspire the future of Pall CNS’s to come, and remind Nurses with any work background that anything is possible if you are passionate enough.

    Vanessa Taylor

    Dr Vanessa Taylor RGN, EdD, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Cancer Nursing), PGCE, BSc, DPSN Deputy Head of School (Nursing) (Students and Teaching) Professor of Learning, Teaching & Professional Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) University Of Central Lancashire

    Following clinical roles in cancer and palliative care, Vanessa moved into higher education with a commitment to educate pre and post-registration health professionals about cancer, palliative and end of life care. Vanessa’s activities and published work focus on: cancer, palliative and end of life care and education; evaluation of education and its impact on workforce development and clinical practice.

    As Chair of Steering Group/Lead Author for the RCN Career and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing and Chair of Steering Group/Lead Author HEE (Yorkshire and the Humber) End of Life Care Learning Outcomes, Vanessa has published unique resources that distinguish levels of knowledge, skills and practice for the workforce delivering care in these fields.

    These resources have informed practice, education and policy. Most recently, Vanessa has chaired the Steering Group developing the HEE ACP-Palliative and End of Life Care credential and is a member of the NHSE/I group developing a career pathway and education framework for palliative and end of life care.

  • Programme

    In the course of the day you will have the opportunity to

    • Explore and experience elements of Palliative Care in which nurses can participate
    • Start to feel part of the community around which Palliative Discovery is based
    • Become familiar with the digital platform and engage in debate around what is available via the platform in the future
    • Consider the value of a national association of palliative nurses and explore how nurses might become involved

    The morning session will run from 9.15 am to 12.15pm and the afternoon session will run from 1pm to 4pm. Participants may choose to attend the morning or afternoon sessions, but full day attendance is recommended

    In the morning we provide background on Palliative Discovery, showcase the platform, confirm its value in the context of changes in palliative and end of life care, including new career structures and related training and tips, about how to build a healthy and sustainable career.

    In the afternoon session, participants are invited to stay and engage in participatory discussion on the question ’What represents good practice for a palliative CNS offering remote consultations online?’ Those present will have opportunity to explore creative ways to create a therapeutic environment and approach conducive to safe and sustainable care as a taster of ways in which Palliative Discovery could support practice in the future. The session will comprise expert speakers, as well as question and discussion time.

    9.15 Log in
    9.30 – 10.15



    Welcome by Chair Heather Richardson
    Introduction to the dayThe story of Palliative Discovery and its ambition
    Maggie Bisset Clinical Project LeadThe Discovery Approach
    Ivor Williams, The Helix CentreWhy it offers something different – the process of enquiry
    10.15  – 10.45 Platform launch
    Maggie Bisset and Penny  Scaffold, website Developer Consultant to St Christopher’s
    10.45 – 11.00 Coffee
    11.00  – 11.25 The advanced level of Practice and the CNS –
    Vanessa Taylor, Deputy Head of School (Nursing) and Professor of Learning, Teaching & Professional Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) University of Central Lancaster
    11.25 -11.40


    The work of the CNS today
    Emily Anderson, CNS Camden and UCLH & HCA Palliative Care Teams
    Scarlett Nash, Independent CNS facilitator
    11.40 – 12.05


    Building a Healthy and sustainable Career
    Oriana Tickell, Director of Coaching Programs, and Science of Happiness at Work, The iOPener Institute
    12.05 – 12.15 Interest in a Palliative Care Nurse Association (Poll)
    Heather Richardson
    12 .15 – 13.00 Lunch
    13.00 – 15.45 Invitation to stay and engage in participatory discussion “What represents good practice for palliative CNS offering remote consultations online?”

    Explore creative ways to create a therapeutic environment and approach conducive to safe and sustainable care

    15.45 – 4pm Close

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