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Advanced Respiratory Disease and End of Life Care

This study day will introduce principles of palliative care for people with chronic respiratory disease. Join fellow nurses and allied health professionals who are working with people with chronic respiratory disease to compassionately navigate difficult conversations and to provide non-pharmacological advice to manage breathlessness.

The study day will include practical workshops, an online learning module about types of disability benefits, a tour of St Christopher’s Hospice and a chance to network with local professionals working in respiratory care.

  • Local community and hospice based respiratory nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Associate Healthcare Professionals
  • Palliative Care Nurses
  • Associate Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Support workers

By attending this study day, you will:

  • know how to introduce advanced care planning conversations into their practice and the value of these conversations
  • be able to apply basic principles of the BTF (breathing thinking functioning) model to support patients experiencing anxiety and frustration associated with breathlessness and end of life
  • know the principles of rehabilitative person-centred palliative care and be able to identify how to apply these principles to their practice
Kate Norman

Kate Norman

I am a physiotherapist working at St Christopher’s leading the outpatient and Breathlessness Management services across both our Sites. I enjoy being part of a multidisciplinary approach to managing symptoms…
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Gail Preston

Gail has a wide ranging experience in Physiotherapy, coming to work at St Christopher’s in 2011. She has been involved in all aspects of Rehabilitation at St Christopher’s including developing…
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Lorna Malcolm

Lorna joined the Rehabilitation team at St Christopher’s in 2008, as a newly qualified physiotherapist, coming from previous careers in Law and Health and Fitness. She has also worked as…
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Mandy Bruce

Mandy leads the Psychological and Spiritual Care team at St Christopher’s. As an Art Psychotherapist, she combines therapeutic creative process with contemplative care in order to be fully present with…
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Sean Kenny

Seán Kenny

Seán Kenny is a BAMT and HCPC registered Music Therapist working at St Christopher’s Hospice. He provides psychological support through the use of Music Therapy for people who are dying,…
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TimeSession TitleSpeaker
09:15Registration
09:30Welcome & introduction
09:45What is rehabilitative person-centered palliative care?
How does this look in respiratory care?
Kate Norman
Physiotherapist & Visiting Lecturer St Christopher’s CARE
10:45Morning break
11:00Meaningful conversations and advanced care planning
12:30Lunch
13:30Living with chronic respiratory disease-emotions responses and supportMandy Bruce
Art Psychotherapist, Psychological and Spiritual Service Lead

Sean Kenny
Music Therapist
14:30Workshops
Singing for breathlessness
Practical session

Relaxation for managing breathlessness
Practical session
Sean Kenny


Mandy Bruce
15:10Afternoon break
15:30Non-pharmacological management of breathlessnessLauren Stell
Physiotherapist, St Christopher’s
16:30Evaluation 
Looking to the Future
Kate Norman
16:45Close

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care – One Day Course

What will the course look like?

This one-day introductory course at St Christopher’s CARE will provide Health and Social Care Assistants, Activity Coordinators and Wellbeing teams working in care homes with the essential building blocks to support residents and their families at the end of life.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in end of life care.

Our Online Learning Platform will be available for three months for you with all resources from the course.

What will I learn?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have increased confidence and skills in end of life care
  • Be aware of national and local resources and services available
  • Explore barriers and difficulties that may be encountered at a personal, professionals and service level
  • Develop communication skills and confidence to deal with challenging questions around dying
  • Cover key themes around dignity and person-centred care

On completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for all Health and Social Care Assistants, Activity Coordinators and Wellbeing teams working in a care home that is one of our Care Home Learning Partners.

Gill Early

Gill Early

Gill started her career in a Croydon nursing home at the age of 16 years old. She trained as a nurse, graduating as a Registered General Nurse in 1986.
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Physician Associate Introduction to Palliative Care Community of Practice

Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA) Train the Trainer Programme

This introductory programme is for physician associates with an interest in furthering their knowledge and skills in palliative care.

This is the first palliative care programme in the UK specifically tailored to physician associates.

This community of practice will consist of four afternoon sessions, providing an opportunity for developing communication skills and networking. The first three sessions will be via Zoom and the last session in-person at St Christopher’s CARE in Sydenham.

The four sessions will focus on:

  • An introduction to palliative care
  • Symptom control and psychological support
  • End of life care including recognising dying and anticipatory medicines
  • Communication skills involving scenarios

Who is it for?

This community of practice is open to physician associates either working in palliative care or primary care within the boroughs served by St. Christopher’s Hospice.

CPD accreditation from the FPA (Faculty of Physician Associates) pending

The global learning objectives for this community are to:

  • Understand the core principles of palliative care, including symptom management, communication, and holistic patient care.
  • Reflect on personal attitudes and biases related to death, dying, and end-of-life care, and develop a compassionate and empathetic approach towards patients and their families.
Philippa Guppy

Philippa Guppy

Philippa is a palliative care trainee in London, she combines her clinical role with her educational role as senior lecturer, chief OSCE examiner for the MPAS programme and chief examiner…
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Chris Mangar

Chris Mangar

Chris is a Clinical Team Lead working for St Christopher’s in Bromley. He has worked in the community for many years and in specialist palliative care since 2011.  Chris combined holding…
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Supporting People at the End of Life: Scenarios Workshop

Scenario-based training to build confidence in managing a range of situations that may occur in the last days of life.

Participants will be able to practice skills such as assessment, decision making at the end of life and communicating with relatives. This workshop aims to provide a safe space, allowing professionals to experience what it might be like to care for someone at the end of life, encouraging them to feel more confident to do this in their place of work.

Participants will be grouped depending on experience to ensure they have training that is relevant to their current level of expertise.

What will I learn?

Topics will include:

  • Building confidence to care for someone at the end of life
  • Communication skills
  • Discussion of cultural differences with regards to end of life care
  • Supporting someone who has been bereaved

This workshop will take place at St Christopher’s CARE in Sydenham.

Who is it for?

The course is appropriate for all Nurses, Nursing Associates, Healthcare Assistants, Care Home Managers and other allied health professionals looking to refresh their knowledge about end of life care.

Karen Duckworth

Karen Duckworth

Karen is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Christopher’s Hospice, caring for those at end of life in the Bromley community.  She has recently started a secondment within CARE as a visiting lecturer and facilitates the ECHOs for Bromley and Croydon mental health and learning disability homes.  Karen has worked as a palliative care nurse since 2014. Her experience includes both community and in-patient settings. She has had the privilege to work with many patients, and their families, as they face life-limiting illness. For Karen, the holistic nature of palliative care work has driven her passion for the specialty. Karen enjoys sharing…
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Community of Practice for GPs

Join our virtual community of practice for GP trainees in their final year (ST3) and GPs in their first five years post completion of training. This group has a focus on palliative and end of life care, providing opportunities for development of knowledge, including managing symptoms and challenging conversations. This group will give participants a forum to network with other professionals who have an interest in palliative care. We encourage participants to bring their own experiences and questions to each session. The community of practice will be a safe space to share learning.

We’ve been able to establish the community, thanks to the support of Dr Tyrrell Evans and his daughter Isabel. In March 2020 retired nurse, Siân Evans, Tyrrell’s wife and Isabel’s mother, died aged 69 after many months of care and support from St Christopher’s. Read their story here.

Grateful for the exceptional care the whole family received, Tyrrell and Isabel decided they wanted to create a legacy for Siân. They set up a fund to support GP and nursing education and training in palliative and end of life care.

Sessions

Sessions take place monthly (except August) 12pm-2pm.

It is not too late to join this community as you will have access to all previous recordings and resources. Just email us for a list of topics that have been covered.

All session dates: 7th December 2023, 11th January, 8th February, 14th March, 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November

Over the course of these monthly sessions, members of the community can expect to achieve:

  • A space to discuss issues and questions in relation to palliative and end of life care
  • Greater confidence in prescribing for palliative care patients
  • Support in relation to ethical dilemmas that may arise looking after this patient group
  • Greater resilience and a shared sense of pastoral support

What will I learn?

Topic covered will be:

  • Advance care planning
  • Pain management
  • Prescribing injectable medicines
  • Ethical dilemmas

Who is it for?

This community is aimed at GP trainees in their final year (ST3) and GPs in the first five years after completion of training.

Dr Emma Hall

Dr Emma Hall

Emma was appointed as a consultant in palliative medicine at St Christopher’s in 2003. Her current clinical practice is based in the community team. Emma is an experienced educational and clinical supervisor. Her special interests are diabetes at the end of life, medicines management (she chairs the medicines committee) and working with care homes and GPs.
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George Pavey

Dr George Pavey

George is an experienced salaried General Practitioner with a special interest in palliative and end of life care. He currently works two days a week with St Christopher’s Sydenham Community team. He also works with Lewisham Care Partnership, a large GP practice in South East London. During his time at St Christopher’s, George has worked on improving our website portal for GPs and on written communication to GPs. He has also supported a number of GPs in training during their attachment at St Christopher’s.
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Dr Penny Lester

Penny is a General Practitioner. She works at Family Surgery one day a week and at St Christopher’s Hospice 2 days a week. Penny brings her general medical expertise to the patients under St Christopher’s. She also shares her 25 years experience of being a GP in Bromley to help develop a plan of care for patients.
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What will the course look like?

An online community of practice offering opportunities for peer support and shared learning, with a focus on palliative and end of life care.

This group will be led by its participants. Group members will be encouraged to bring their own cases and questions for discussion.

The sessions will be facilitated by Dr Emma Hall, Consultant in Palliative Medicine here at St Christopher’s, Dr George Pavey, an experienced GP with a special interest in end of life care and Dr Penny Lester who also works as a GP at St Christopher’s.

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

Outline

The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the importance of end of life care, across all settings.

This three-day introduction provides all registered nurses, nursing associates and allied health professionals, with the essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life, in the community, acute hospitals, primary care, hospices, prisons and care homes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to end of life care.

This is course consists of three in-person days at St Christopher’s CARE in Sydenham, London.

You will be provided with access to our Online Learning Platform which will be available for three months for you to view resources from the course.

What will I learn?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have increased confidence and skills in end of life care
  • Be aware of national and local resources and services available
  • Explore barriers and difficulties that may be encountered at a personal, professionals and service level
  • Develop communication skills and confidence to deal with challenging questions around dying
  • Develop skills in symptom and pain control
  • Identify areas for development within your own practice and apply learning from the course to optimise those areas.

On completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at all Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals working in any setting.

Attendees from the November 2023 course gave this feedback:

“[The teachers] were very knowledgeable and delivered the training with utmost passion for the course.”

“Very knowledgeable and was very helpful. Has changed my mindset of palliative care.”

“Very interactive”

“Keep up the good work in imparting knowledge that will have a great impact on how professionals give care.”

We also run a two-day course for health and social care assistants.

Supported by visiting lecturers and clinicians

Deborah Holman

Deborah Holman

Deborah Holman has been working at St Christopher’s since 2002 in clinical practice, in care homes and in education. For 8 years prior to this she worked closely with St Christopher’s as a district nurse with a keen interest in caring for people who chose to die at home. From 2012 – 2019 Deborah, alongside others set up St Christopher’s Personal Care Service and worked as the Registered Manager delivering integrated health and social care in people’s homes to those who were frail elderly, having long term conditions and those in the last year of life. Deborah has been involved in…
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Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Health and Social Care Assistants

This two-day course provides Health and Social Care Assistants working in any setting with the essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life

What will the course look like?

This two-day introduction provides all health and social care assistants with the essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life, in the community, acute hospitals, primary care and care homes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in end of life care.

Our Online Learning Platform will be available for three months for you with all resources from the 2 days.

What will I learn?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have increased confidence and skills in end of life care
  • Be aware of national and local resources and services available
  • Explore barriers and difficulties that may be encountered at a personal, professionals and service level
  • Develop communication skills and confidence to deal with challenging questions around dying
  • Develop skills in symptom and pain control.

On completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for all health and social care assistants working in any setting.

The first day of this course is free for Care Home Learning Partners.

Karen Duckworth

Karen Duckworth

Karen is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Christopher’s Hospice, caring for those at end of life in the Bromley community.  She has recently started a secondment within CARE as…
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