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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 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/


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

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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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


Continuous drug stock balance chart

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Controlled drug stock balance chart

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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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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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 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: 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


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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Free critical training to help care home staff

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Training

Our End of Life Care webinar series launched April 16 and is free to all care homes. In this three-part weekly series, we share our expertise in practices such as Advance Care Planning, Coordinate my Care (myCMC), and Challenging Conversations – covering the important aspects of communications around death and dying during Covid-19.

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Guidelines when using syringe pump community charts

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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HEE guidance: Learning disability

SOURCE: Health Education England | TYPE: Guidance

HEE guidance: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, HEE, Skills for Care and the Department of Health and Social Care have decided to extend the deadline for tenders for trial and evaluation partners for the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training to 24 April at 18:00. This was communicated on 18 March, to those who had expressed an interest in bidding. The delay of one month extends the time existing bidders have left to submit from 7 to 26 working days

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How to work at the frontline and survive 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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Information about PPE

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

Personal protective equipment (PPE), environmental decontamination, clinical waste and aerosol generating procedures.

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Information to support education for care homes

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

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Infusion administration record checklist

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Introduction to Advance Care Planning 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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St Christopher's Education


Introduction to End of Life Care Course for Health and Social Care Assistants

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

During the pandemic, this course is delivered virtually

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Introduction to End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

During the pandemic, this course is delivered virtually

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Introduction to supporting people with dementia during Covid-19: 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 (including mental health and learning disabilities) in the South East London and Croydon area

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Dementia


Leaflets for healthcare professionals

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflets

St Christopher’s has produced a range of information leaflets for patients and carers. Healthcare professionals and other organisations may use this material providing St Christopher’s is credited as author. Copyright remains with St Christopher’s Hospice. For further information regarding use of leaflet material, please contact the Communications Manager on tel: 020 8768 4585 or email: communications@stchristophers.org.uk

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Learning Disability Service useful resources

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

A range of resources and printable materials from Oxford Health NHS

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Managing acute disturbance in the context of COVID-19

SOURCE: National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units | TYPE: Guidance

National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care guidance on supporting patients presenting acute disturbance

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Measuring blood pressure – visual support

SOURCE: Health Education England | TYPE: Videos

A lesson for all health and care workers in measuring the blood pressure of a patient in relation to National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

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Measuring blood sugar

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Videos

This video shows you how to check your blood glucose level.

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Medicines A to Z

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

NHS A to Z list of medicines

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Meditation – More than you can handle?

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

From the book Postcards from Heaven, words and pictures to help you hear from God, but Ellie Hart.

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Meditation – the art of firewalking

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

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Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the COVID-19 crisis

SOURCE: Social Care Institute for Excellence | TYPE: Guidance

Mental Capacity Assessment

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Mindful breathing

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Take a break from your desk to enjoy this short video on mindful breathing led by Sarah.

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Mindfulness Live Events

SOURCE: | TYPE: Webinar

Upcoming sessions

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Tuesday 26th May

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Past sessions


NHS Advance Care Planning

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Guidance

This guide is for people who are approaching the end of their life. Some parts of it may also be useful for people who are caring for someone who is dying, or people who want to plan in advance for their own end of life care.

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Oxygen saturation measurement – visual support

SOURCE: Health Education England | TYPE: Videos

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PRN As required – SC Injection chart

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Putting on PPE – visual support

SOURCE: HywelDdaHealthBoard | TYPE: Videos

YouTube video – Infection prevention control guidance to staff – Donning and Doffing

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Re-use of medicines in care homes webinar

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 (including mental health and learning disabilities) in the South East London and Croydon area

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Registered Managers Network in partnership with Skills for Care

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Webinar

'Supporting those on the frontline through Covid-19 and beyond'

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Regular and Single Stat Dose – SC and IM – Injections Chart

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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St Christopher’s Library and Bookshop

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Articles, publications

Library

The Halley Stewart Library at St Christopher’s Hospice comprises an extensive collection of resources, mainly books, journal articles and various types of unpublished printed material, on hospice and specialist palliative care and allied subjects. Various publications, available from the Bookshop and Library, give a full account of the history of this hospice and of its founder Dame Cicely Saunders.

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Bookshop

The Bookshop at St Christopher’s comprises a core collection of books and articles on hospice and palliative care. Publications by St Christopher’s staff are also available from the Bookshop.

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Supporting patients presenting acute disturbance

SOURCE: National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care | TYPE: Guidance

Managing acute disturbance in the context of COVID-19

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Supporting Residents in Spirituality 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 (including mental health and learning disabilities) in the South East London and Croydon area

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Dedicate a light


Temperature measurement – visual support

SOURCE: Health Education England | TYPE: Videos

A visual lesson for all health and care workers in measuring the temperature of a patient

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The Hand Washing Rap

SOURCE: Purple All Stars | TYPE: Videos

The Hand Washing Rap video made with Purple All Stars 

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Verification of death procedure in Covid-19 pandemic

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Verification of Expected Adult Death virtual training

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Training

St Christopher’s has developed an online version of our Verification of Expected Adult Death course for registered nurses to support the urgent need for expertise in this area during this time.


Virtual Learning: Nurse Verification of Expected Adult Death

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

On demand virtual learning delivery

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