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The Future of Ageing conference

In partnership with Nightingale Hammerson

Are care homes the new hospice?

St Christopher’s Hospice and Nightingale Hammerson (nursing homes across London) are proud to co-facilitate a two-day conference where we take a deep-dive into the dynamic landscape of an ageing population.

Discover groundbreaking opportunities, informed by cutting-edge research, and innovative practices, while exploring the vital need for cross-sector partnership and collaboration.

Hear from leading experts such as Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Caroline Nicholson, Dr Karen Harrison-Dening, Dr Zena Aldridge, Dr Ally Tomlins, and more, as they unveil the future of dementia, frailty, and end-of-life care.

With a wealth of experts and topics to cover, we invite you to attend either one of the two days or both for a comprehensive overview of the conference.

We need to highlight opportunities for health and social care professionals and organisations to recognise the importance of care homes in providing high-quality palliative and end-of-life care, especially for people with dementia and their carers.

At this conference, you’ll be encouraged to think critically about the roles of care homes and hospices in caring for older adults, people with dementia, and those needing palliative care. Speakers will offer thought-provoking insights, and each day will end with a call to action.

By attending either or both of the two days, you will not only be a part of a conversation and movement of change, but be informed, enriched and have the opportunity to network in the health and social care sector.

The event will also highlight the contributions of different sectors, including care homes and hospices, and how we must work together to address these complex issues.

This conference is most suited for (but not limited to):

  • Care homes: leaders, managers, healthcare and social care team members*
  • Hospices
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Associated Healthcare Practitioners
  • Carers
  • Community services
  • Primary Care
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Complementary practitioners
  • Spiritual & wellbeing practitioners

If you cannot attend both days, you have the opportunity to choose and book just one.

*Discounted place available for each of our Care Home Learning Partners

Maaike Vandeweghe

Maaike Vandeweghe

Course Director and Senior Associate, St Christopher’s CARE Maaike is a general and mental health nurse and senior educationalist with over 20 years of substantial experience in dementia, palliative care, education, learning and leadership in a range of settings including acute hospitals, care homes, prisons, community care and hospices. She started her clinical career in Belgium, then moved to Aruba and since 2006 she has been based in the UK. Maaike has a proven track record in designing, delivering and evaluating cutting edge and innovative programmes of learning which respond to current workforce needs and challenges.
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Helen Simmons

Helen Simmons is currently CEO of St Christopher’s Hospice, and has been a senior leader in the UK charity sector for over 25 years, after qualifying as a chartered accountant. Helen was previously CEO of Nightingale Hammerson – an outstanding dementia and nursing care home organisation, where she started the first on site nursery for daily intergenerational activities and led the care homes through the Covid pandemic. Prior to that Helen was on the top team at Crisis (homelessness), Multiple Sclerosis Society, Diocese of London, and Jewish Care (social care), as well as trustee of Care England (Expert by Experience),…
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Ros Taylor

Dr Ros Taylor

Dr Taylor has over 30 years of clinical experience in palliative care, working in hospice, community and hospital. She was Clinical Director at Hospice UK, 2014-17, advocating for improved access to palliative care in all settings including care homes.  In January 2020, she took on the medical leadership role to re-open Michael Sobell Hospice in West London. She has contributed to the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death on topics such as the ‘will to live’, power and gender issues. She is a Senior Advisor to the Montreal International Congress on Palliative Care. She has co-developed a new resource,…
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Karen Harrison Dening

Dr Karen Harrison Dening

Karen is a nurse by background with three nursing registrations (RMN, RNMH & RN) and has over 45 years nursing experience, most spent in dementia care in a various settings. She undertook a PhD at University College London focusing on advance care planning in the context of palliative and end-of-life care in dementia. Upon successful completion became Head of Research and Publications at Dementia UK. She has several honorary academic positions at UK universities, including Nottingham University and De Montfort University, Leicester. Her research interests and connections with Dementia UK have enabled her to be involved on some large research…
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Caroline Nicholson

Caroline Nicholson

Professor Caroline Nicholson heads a research programme focussing on the interface between gerontological and end of life care. She is a HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Academic Lecturer, working between the School of Health Sciences at Surrey University and St Christopher’s Hospice. This unique partnership allows her to research and contribute to the development of palliative care for older people living and dying with advanced frailty and multiple morbidities.  She is particularly interested in the development of services which enhance the capabilities as well as attend to the vulnerabilities of people living and dying in late old age.  She is co End…
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Dr Zena Aldridge

Zena’s career in health and social care has spanned across four decades, initially in domiciliary care and as a nursing auxiliary in acute and community settings, before qualifying as a mental health nurse in 2003. She has relished the challenge of less traditional roles throughout her career but always with a keen focus on improving the outcomes and experiences of care for older people, people living with dementia, their families and carers.  Zena completed her master’s degree in Mental Health at UEA School of Social Work and Psychology in 2013. and completed PhD studies at De Montfort University with her thesis “Relationships,…
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Nuno Santos Lopes

Nuno Santos Lopes​​​​

Nuno is Director of Research, Innovation and Community Engagement at Nightingale Hammerson with extensive experience in care leadership and management from day to day operations to strategic planning. He completed the MSc in Palliative Care and became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in London. Nuno is passionate about dementia care, palliative care and care in general, led by the human values of compassion and team work. He effectively led teams to provide outstanding care in the most adverse circumstances, while meeting budgetary targets, reducing costs and being innovative. Currently Nuno is leading the development and implementation of the Education and Research…
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Joining forces: Care homes & Hospices unite

TimeActivity
09:30Arrival and registration
10:00Welcome
Chair: Maaike Vandeweghe, Senior Associate
St Christopher’s
10:10Introductions to the day and morning
Helen Simmons, CEO
St Christopher’s
Nuno Santos Lopes, Director of Research, Innovation and Community Engagement
Nightingale Hammerson
10:20‘A day in the life of …’
Ruth Rolle, Lived Experience Advocate and Helen Simmons
10:35Future of Frailty – a reality check
Professor Caroline Nicholson, Professor of Palliative Care and Ageing
University of Surrey
11:05Care Homes – how they are evolving to become hospice of the future
Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Medical Director
Harlington Hospice and Trustee of Nightingale Hammerson
11:35Morning break
11:45Investing in the future of Social Care Nursing
Dr Zena Aldridge, Chief Nursing Officers Team
NIHR and Social Care Institute
12:15Q&A with Helen Simmons, Ruth Rolle, Prof Caroline Nicholson, Dr Ros Taylor, Dr Zena Aldridge and Nuno Lopes

Chaired by Maaike Vandeweghe
12:40Lunch (with exhibitions)
Steps to Success Awards with Helen Simmons and Gill Early, Senior Associate, St Christopher’s
13:40Introductions to the afternoon
Chipema Chitambala, Director of Care Services
Nightingale Hammerson
13:50Opportunities to influence palliative care across the system
Jodie Adkin, Associate Director, SEL ICB (Bromley)
14:10Workshops

1. Where are things with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Care Homes
Example of innovation and best practice
Phoebe Mooney, Learning Disabilities Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher’s

2. Live in a care home beyond physical care
Thessa Verwolf, Relationship Centred Care Coordinator
Nightingale Hammerson

3. Shining a light on staff wellbeing
Dr Zena Aldridge
15:10Afternoon break
15:30Dementia Villages – future of place of care
Dr Gill Horne, Programme Director Care Services, Rowcroft Hospice
15:50Call to Action – moving beyond intention and promise
Maaike Vandeweghe and Thessa Verwolf
16:20Reflections
Helen Simmons and Nuno Santos Lopes
16:30Conference close

Dementia – Influencing best practice

TimeActivity
09:30Arrival and registration
10:00Welcome
Maaike Vandeweghe, Senior Associate
St Christopher’s
10:10Introductions to the day and morning
Helen Simmons, CEO, St Christopher’s and Clemence Muchingaguyo, Registered Manager, Nightingale Hammerson
10:20TBC
11:00Case Management – Admiral Nursing
Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research & Publications
Dementia UK
11:25Morning break
11:45Psychological care for people living with dementia
Dr Ally Tomlins, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Nightingale Hammerson
12:10Q&A with Dr Karen Harrison Dening and Dr Aly Tomlins

Chaired by Helen Simmons
12:30Lunch (with exhibitions)
Steps to Success Awards
13:30Introduction to the afternoon
Clemence Muchingaguyo
13:40The unpaid workforce – when carers needs are the greatest
Dr Zena Aldridge, Social Care Nurse Fellow, Chief Nursing Officers Team
NIHR and Social Care Institute
14:05Workshops

1. What about deprescribing and its impact on the person with dementia?
Clemence Muchingaguyo, Registered Manager, Nightingale Hammerson

2. Spiritual Care for people living with dementia
Alastair Paviour-Addison, Head of Engagement and Spiritual Care, Nightingale Hammerson

3. Rehabilitative care for people living with dementia – best practice example
Isla Jones, Speech and Language Therapist, St Christopher’s and Rosalind Gray, Head of Therapies, Nightingale Hammerson
15:05Afternoon break
15:25TBC
15:50Call to Action – moving beyond intention and promise
Maaike Vandeweghe and Thessa Verwolf, Relationship Centred Care Coordinator, Nightingale Hammerson
16:20Reflections
Helen Simmons and Clemence Muchingaguyo
16:30Conference close

Pathfinder Leaders in Palliative Care Programme

Are you a professional working in health and social care interested to contribute to positive experiences of death, dying and loss through strong and confident leadership?

If so, we would like to invest in you.

We are interested to work with emerging leaders who want to improve how people live, die and grieve, by drawing on new and different leadership thinking and action. They will be people that aspire to shape care, build partnerships and form services that are future orientated, courageous and creative in nature.

You will have the opportunity to learn as part of a group of like-minded people who can rise above the challenges of today to meet tomorrow’s opportunities. Those contributing to the course as facilitators and guest speakers are drawn from within and beyond the hospice and palliative care sectors.

Our programme starts in September 2024 and runs until May 2025 with a mix of in-person and online learning.

Our curriculum is forward-focused and covers a range of issues. Online sessions last three hours in length, providing opportunities for conceptual learning, practical application, personal reflection and action planning.  The four days in person (two at the start and two at the end) include opportunities for a dinner and overnight stay to build/strengthen relationships. 

What is expected if you join the course?

In the course of the programme you are expected to undertake a work-based placement. We can help guide you in relation to the type of project most appropriate, but it must be one that is seen as valuable by the organisation for which you work, and one which calls on leadership skills in its design and implementation. Your organisation must be happy to support you to identify and work on the project, giving you access to relevant data and resources. Ideally your managers will allocate some time for you to work on this, protected from the demands of the rest of your job. 

We expect participants to attend at least 80% of the course and to be prepared to complete the work-based project.

This leadership programme is an excellent opportunity for leaders and managers that have an aspiration to progress to director level and beyond. You will be recognised as having leadership potential and talent by your employing organisation.

This course will be of interest to:

  • Senior Managers already in post who want to build strategic leadership skills
  • Senior team leaders and heads of department who aspire to lead directorates in the future
  • New CEOs or COOs who have recently taken up roles within the hospice/palliative care sector and who want to immerse themselves in this area of work
  • Existing directors looking to hone their leadership skills

The dates for the programme have been set as follows: 

24.07.24online introduction to the course; 2 hours between 10am and 12pm UTC+1
17.09.24 in person; London or Cambridge, including dinner in the evening 
18.09.24in person; London or Cambridge 
10.10.24online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC+1
31.10.24online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
21.11.24online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
12.12.24online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
09.01.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
30.01.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
27.02.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
20.03.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
10.04.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
01.05.25online; 3 hours between 10am and 1pm UTC
20.05.25in person; London or Cambridge, including dinner in the evening 
21.05.25 in person; London or Cambridge 

Plus: an optional 3-hour session on resilience and wellbeing, coaching and mentoring time (around 6 hours in total). 

Topics covered in the programme: 

  • Knowing self, values and strengths 
  • Building personal assets and resilience 
  • Building strategic vision and clarity
  • Financial confidence
  • Authentic, centred leadership and gravitas
  • Forward looking transformation and change 
  • Negotiation skills and influencing others 
  • Maximising agency and leverage 
  • Big picture thinking
  • Driving innovation 
  • Building others 
  • Networks, collaboration and partnership working 
  • Being intelligent around risk
  • Intimacy at scale
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Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson currently works as Director of Academic Learning and Action in the Professional Learning team at St Christopher’s CARE. She previously worked as Joint Chief Executive, then CEO of…
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Marie Cooper

Marie Cooper

Senior Nursing Advisor Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing Marie is a nurse with many years’ experience of clinical leadership with an expertise in practice development across a range of care settings. Having…
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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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Communication Skills Workshop

The skills to navigate sensitive conversations are vital when working with patients towards the end of life. This practical workshop will offer participants the opportunity to develop their communication skills.

You will consider situations in which sensitive communication is necessary, both by phone and in person. Participants will use the skills introduced in the session to practice in real time. The workshops will be split into a number of stations with different scenarios and activities.

Participants will be given the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in the workshop and how they might apply what they have learned in their own settings.

What will I learn?

Topics will include:

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Responding to distress
  • Active listening
  • Overcoming barriers to communication

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, Pharmacists and other allied health professionals looking to refresh their knowledge about communication.

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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Falls Clinic Skills Workshop 

Welcome to our Falls Clinic. This is a 3 part series, consisting of 2 hour workshops, exploring how we can support people from falls assessments through to how it impacts them as an individual, and how we can physically support them to be more active and reduce their risk.

Each workshop can be attended as a standalone session.

The contributing factors that might increase someone’s risk of falls

People are often at risk of falls and this can be particularly a problem towards the end of life. In this first of 3 workshops we will explore the contributing factors that might increase someone’s risk of falls.  We will work practically to assess these risks using role play, volunteers and experiential work stations to give you a taste of what life might feel like for your patients / residents.

This can be used as a stand alone workshop or to optimise a holistic approach to falls assessments and management please attend all 3 workshops.

What will I learn?

Following this workshop you will understand the risks to be considered when completing a falls assessment. You will have had some experience of what it might feel like to be at risk of falls.

The impact that falls may have on someone’s emotional wellbeing and sense of self

This second workshop will explore the impact that falls may have on someone’s emotional wellbeing and sense of self and how we as professionals working with them can uphold them as an individual and improve their quality of life. We will explore the concept of identity and what that might mean to someone, We will build on the experiences of the previous session and continue to work with role play activities.

What I will learn?

Building on what you learnt in the first workshop, you will learn how fear of falling can undermine who we are as an individual and challenge you to think differently about how you interact and communicate so that you can enhance a sense of self.

Optimising someone’s physical function to enhance a sense of self and reduce risk of falls

This final workshop will look at optimising someone’s physical function to enhance a sense of self and reduce risk of falls. We will look at and practice the practical skills that you can use to support people around mobility and exercise as a non specialist professional.

What I will learn?

The theory behind the importance of exercise and activity, exploring motivation and goal setting will all be covered in this session. We will practice completing some exercises appropriate to people with all different levels of mobility.

These workshops are for anyone who has an interest in falls or works within a setting supporting people who may be at risk of falls.

This will be relevant to you if you are a nurse, health care assistant or allied health professional.

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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 the Living Well at Home Team (goal focused rehabilitation using volunteers). She was part of the Wellbeing team through recent COVID-19 pandemic, translating in-person services online and then back again in a new design. She is currently working clinically in outpatient rehab and as part of the Professional Learning team helping to deliver webinars, workshops, communities and the 2023 Multi Professional Academy week.
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Personal Care and Mouthcare Workshop

This is an interactive workshop encouraging participants to consider personal care and mouthcare from the patients’ perspective. How can we use a person-centred approach to offer empathetic and sensitive personal care?

During this workshop you will explore the themes of vulnerability, consent, and identity, in relation to personal care. You will be encouraged to put yourself in the shoes of someone receiving care, through group discussions and case studies. The workshop will also include discussions about the barriers and challenges when supporting people with their personal care, and how to address these.

In addition, the session will focus on self-care for carers and how this can improve the service they can deliver.

What will I learn?

In this workshop you will:

  • Discuss challenges faced when supporting people with personal care and mouth care
  • What does it feel like to deliver and receive personal care or mouth care
  • Discuss common oral symptoms at the end of life

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 personal care and mouthcare.

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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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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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Heart Failure Community of Practice

This is an online community, bringing together individuals and teams to share knowledge and experiences in a supportive and inclusive environment, with the aim of enhancing the experiences of life, death, dying and loss for those with heart failure and their families, friends and carers.

This will be an interactive series of 6 topics including case based discussions and teaching from people working in the fields of heart failure and palliative care.  Community members will be asked to bring examples of practice which we can support with and all learn together.

This would follow on from the series of 6 sessions that finished June 2024.

What will this community look like?

As part of an ongoing project to enhance the palliative care experiences of people living with and dying from heart failure, we want to build a community of practice to help engage professionals, recognise the unique needs of this group of people and consider ways together to create person centred and integrated care across disciplines, organisations and specialties.

There will be 6 online sessions in total on different topics.

By attending this community of practice you will:

  • Be aware of the palliative care needs of people living with and dying from heart failure with an increased understanding of when to refer to palliative care services.
  • Be confident in basic symptom management arising from advancing heart failure.
  • Know more about how to optimise quality of life for people living with heart failure.
  • Be prepared to engage in courageous and sensitive conversations about future care options and decisions.
  • Be clear about timing and approach for challenging conversations and decisions related to deactivation of ICDs and similar.

Who is it for?

  • Palliative care teams
  • Heart failure teams
  • Clinicians working in either specialty
  • Primary care colleagues
  • Clinicians working in complex care or rapid response teams
  • Clinicians working in urgent care

Isobel Jackson

Isobel is a palliative heart failure advanced practitioner at St Christopher’s and has worked in palliative care for approximately eight years and supporting people living with heart failure for three of those years. Her background is mostly in community palliative care but also acute and intensive care.
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Joy Ross

Dr Joy Ross

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher’s Dr Joy Ross trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School. She completed her PhD at Imperial College, London, studying the pharmacogenetics of response to opioids. She has worked as a Palliative Care Consultant at St Joseph’s Hospice, London and then at the Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton Palliative Care Service. She is currently working at St Christopher’s Hospice with a specialist interest in developing palliative care services for the frail elderly and those with non-malignant disease including heart failure.
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Fiona Hodson

Fiona Hodson

Consultant Nurse Fiona trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’. She initially worked at St Christopher’s Hospice with Dame Cicely Saunders. She then specialised in cardiology for 26 years including setting up cardiac rehab services, running cardiac support groups and as a valvular research nurse. She then worked as a heart failure CNS both in hospital and running clinics in GP practices. In 2005 she was part of a joint research project between palliative care and cardiology, exploring the palliative care needs of heart failure patients. She then moved to work as a community palliative care CNS at Guys. In 2017…
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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.
Read full profile Dr Emma Hall
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.
Read full profile Dr George Pavey

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.
Read full profile Dr Penny Lester

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.

Introduction to the Principles of Palliative Care

This module is currently available on an introductory offer of £45 for three modules, including Nurse Verification of Expected Adult Death and Sensitive Conversations (free for South East London professionals)

Access modules

What will I learn?

  • The definition of palliative care and its key concepts;
  • the history and development of modern palliative care;
  • the potential future challenges and changes in the field of palliative and end of life care.

Who is it for?

All health and social care professionals wanting to know more about the principles of palliative care.

What will the course look like?

We have created an on demand module suitable for all health and social care professionals wanting to learn more about the principles and key concepts of palliative care.

Global Palliative Nursing Network Events

Global Palliative Nursing Network

Our aim through the Global Palliative Nursing Network (GPNN) is to establish a worldwide network to provide peer support and professional development for all nurses working in palliative care – wherever they are.

Join the Global Palliative Nursing Network for FREE* and you will have access to all our learning events.

Please note that you only need to register once to hear about all the events.

Spotlight

Tuesday 17th September 2.00pm UTC (3.00pm BST)

Nursing Narratives: Inspiring Excellence Through Stories and Reflections

In October 2023 Patricia Strachan launched the podcast Radical Nurse Talk in an effort to promote understanding that nurses’ communication can be a radical act of care. The result is a tapestry of conversations with inspiring guests from diverse nursing contexts that reveal the often hidden and important work that humans need from nurses to live and die well. The podcast and resources for each episode are available at www.radicalnursetalk.com

The podcast can be accessed from many podcast platforms including Apple and Spotify and/or linked to from the website. Listeners include an international audience of nurses and the lay public. Season 2 was released beginning in January 2024.

Patricia will share with us key insights on the unique role and skills of nursing in communication and advocacy.

4 April 2024 – a ‘Watch Again’ recording is available to GPNN members
Investing in our people – our greatest asset 

We know if we want to provide quality and sustainable care, we and our colleagues need to be resourced and happy at work.  

At this month’s spotlight event hear from network leads Marie and Heather, along with guest speaker Dr Emma Hodges. We will: 

1. Look at the vital aspects of recruitment, retention, and development and why attending to our happiness at work can have real value. 

2. Introduce you to Practice Development as an approach which you can build into your everyday leadership. It will focus on benefits of staff knowing they are valued and that their voice matters.

3. Look at how to harness support beyond the confines of the paid workforce. We’ll delve into the power of investing in your local community and leveraging the strength of volunteers to enrich your care offer and extend your impact.

18 January 2024 – a ‘Watch Again’ recording is available to GPNN members
The therapeutic presence of nurses in the place of suffering 

Presented by Deborah Holman, Lecturer, St Christopher’s CARE, Leonor Pacheco, Deputy Ward Manager, St Christopher’s and Anu Savio Thelly, Nurse Consultant, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute

Much of the work in palliative nursing involves accompanying the person as they encounter loss  and suffering. This can be hard and we seek to alleviate suffering wherever we can. However there will be times where our very presence is all that we can offer and often that is all that is needed to enable that person to be seen, to know they will not be abandoned and they matter right to the end of their life. Come and meet Deborah, Leonor and Anu, nurses who have thought deeply on this aspect of nursing. They will share with us stories and strategies on how we can ‘meet the moment’, stay present and care for oneself at such times. 

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…
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Leonor Pacheco

Leonor Pacheco 

Leonor trained in Portugal and is a Deputy Ward Manager on one of St Christopher’s Hospice’s inpatient wards. Leonor also collaborates with St Christopher’s CARE in education and community projects…
Read More Leonor Pacheco 
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Anu Savio Thelly

Ms Anu Savio Thelly has played a vital role in establishing palliative care services in Pondicherry, India and integrating and implementing palliative care into the nursing curriculum at national level…
Read More Anu Savio Thelly

Spotlight Event

14 November 2023 – a ‘Watch Again’ recording is available to GPNN members
Opportunities to advance nursing through inspiring others to learn and democratising our knowledge

Presented by Alex Daniels, Maaike Vandeweghe and Mark Pedder

Join Alex, Maaike and Mark, three leaders in education who will share with us their expertise and insights into creating a rewarding learning environment in the workplace and online. 

Maaike and Mark will offer us creative ways to really ensure a positive learning experience within any care setting. 

Hear from Alex about the impact the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) is having globally through it’s drive to educate all in the care of children. We will get real insight into how having access to an online platform is offering nurses globally the opportunity to learn together in a flexible, self-directed style. Such an approach is having a real impact. 

Alex Daniels

Alex Daniels

Alex Daniels is an experienced children’s palliative care nurse and educationalist. She has a Masters in Paediatric Palliative Care from the University of Cape Town. Alex has gained rich experiences…
Read More Alex Daniels
Maaike Vandeweghe

Maaike Vandeweghe

Course Director and Senior Associate, St Christopher’s CARE Maaike is a general and mental health nurse and senior educationalist with over 20 years of substantial experience in dementia, palliative care,…
Read More Maaike Vandeweghe

Mark Pedder

Mark Pedder began his career age 16 in a care home for the elderly. He soon realised the importance of compassionate end of life and, 30 years later, is a…
Read More Mark Pedder

Spotlight Event

13 September 2023 – a ‘Watch Again’ recording is available to GPNN members
An Ethical framework for Nursing today

Presented by Mahoganie Hines, facilitated by David Kenneth Wright

Without doubt ethics is an integral part of the day-to-day work of a nurse and can raise real challenges. The most frequently occurring and stressful ethical situations are found to be in relation to protecting patients’ rights, staffing, advanced care planning and decision-making. How clear are you and your team on what informs such decisions?  What shared understanding and framework do you use? Mahoganie will make a compelling argument for the place of an ethical framework for nursing today and share with us her work to bring this into the fore within her practice. 

See here for an introductory video from Mahoganie.

Mahoganie Hines

Mahoganie Hines

Mahoganie volunteers her time to act as the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Policy and Political Action ENO for the Palliative Care Nurse’s Interest Group for the past 5+…
Read More Mahoganie Hines

Spotlight Event

11 July 2023 a ‘Watch Again’ recording is available to GPNN members
Re-encountering Trauma at the end of life

Presented by Dr Jo Stubley and Maggie Bisset

Join Maggie and Jo as they share their vast experience and expertise in this area of trauma informed care.

Through the lens of case studies and a short presentation we will discuss the ability to identify and support a dying person and their loved ones re-encountering trauma from a past experience and importantly how to care for oneself and our team as we attend to such suffering.

There will be an hour with the guest speakers then for 20 mins we setting up small groups of five for those of you who would like to stay on and chat about what you learnt or are left thinking about. 

Maggie Bissett

Maggie Bissett

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,…
Read More Maggie Bissett
Jo Stubley

Dr Jo Stubley

Dr Joanne Stubley is a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. She joined the Tavistock Trauma Service in 1998 and has been the lead clinician since…
Read More Dr Jo Stubley

Marie Cooper

Marie Cooper

Senior Nursing Advisor Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing Marie is a nurse with many years’ experience of clinical leadership with an expertise in practice development across a range of care settings. Having…
Read More Marie Cooper
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Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson currently works as Director of Academic Learning and Action in the Professional Learning team at St Christopher’s CARE. She previously worked as Joint Chief Executive, then CEO of…
Read More Heather Richardson

Lantern Model

Lantern Model Flower

The Lantern Model is contemporary model of nursing for people dying or bereaved.

The model was developed by Heather Richardson and Marie Cooper, two nurses based at St Christopher’s who have articulated a contemporary model of nursing for  people dying or bereaved. 

The Lantern Model articulates the unique, vital and skilled role of nurses caring for people who are dying or bereaved and, by highlighting their contribution, makes the case for increased investment in their recruitment, development and retention.

Find out more

*Thanks to the generous support of a funder, the GPNN is free for 2024

Advanced Clinical Practitioner and Nurse Consultant Development Programme

Course overview

The potential contribution of senior nurses in palliative care has arguably never been greater. There is clear recognition on the part of Government, commissioners and providers of the value of strong clinical leadership to meet emerging demographic, disease specific, regulatory and other challenges. Simultaneously, there is new rhetoric and clarity about the potential role of nurses alongside medical and other colleagues to fulfil such a leadership role.

This unique course will offer sustained opportunity for nurses who aspire to be advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) or nurse consultants (NCs) to gain the skills and knowledge required within these roles. We welcome nurses from across the NHS, private and voluntary sector.

The programme is divided into two parts. All learners start together for the first half of the programme. Then, those that wish to advance their role beyond advanced nursing practice to that of a consultant remain for the second half of the programme.

For more information about the programme, please register your interest or contact the Professional Learning Team at education@stchristophers.org.uk

We welcome nurses who fulfil the following criteria:

  • At least three years of experience of working at Band 7 or equivalent in nursing
  • Significant experience of palliative and end of life care delivery
  • Completion (or near completion) of a master’s level programme of learning
  • Completion of advanced physical assessment modules and independent prescribing or intention to complete within the upcoming 18 months
  • A passion for self-development
  • A desire to be a highly effective and authentic leader

Those accepted must be working for an organisation with a structure and systems that can support nurses who are advanced practitioners, or those who aspire to be so.

All employing organisations must be able to confirm that:

  • there is a senior nurse and/or doctor who are willing and able to assess and sign off competencies that they witness in the course of the practice of the aspiring ACP or NC
  • there is agreement to support the nurse’s programme of development for its duration through financial help, time away from clinical responsibilities to study and re-alignment of responsibilities in the course of training to allow experience of quality improvement and similar

Teaching will be provided by a mix of clinicians, leaders in health care, academics and peers. Learners should expect to learn in person and virtually.

This will comprise a total of 33 days of contact days for the ACP in training and 42 contact days for the NC in training distributed across an 18/24 month period respectively. These may be half or full days. A proportion will be in person in CARE as per the table below.

Contact learning daysIn PersonVirtualTotal
Advanced Clinical Practitioner151833
Nurse Consultant202242

For full details of the programme structure, learning modules and assessment, please refer to our prospectus.

Learning will be supported through:

  • lectures, seminars and webinars
  • workshops
  • communities of practice
  • guided reflections
  • clinical observations and placements
  • an online learning platform

As a result of attending the programme, learners can expect to:

  • Appreciate the contemporary context in which palliative and end of life care must be delivered
  • Understand the multi-faceted role of an ACP or NC role within this context
  • Feel confident to provide highly skilled, evidence-based and individualised care/support to people who are dying and those close to them
  • Recognise and respond to opportunities for nurse leadership at individual, team, organisational and system levels
  • Understand the different dimensions of quality in contemporary healthcare
  • Take hold of opportunities to advance the profession of nursing  

Meet your Programme Leaders

The programme will be led by the following directors who will guide you through your course of study and provide ongoing support to help you succeed.

Maaike Vandeweghe

Maaike Vandeweghe

Course Director and Senior Associate, St Christopher’s CARE Maaike is a general and mental health nurse and senior educationalist with over 20 years of substantial experience in dementia, palliative care,…
Read More Maaike Vandeweghe
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Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson currently works as Director of Academic Learning and Action in the Professional Learning team at St Christopher’s CARE. She previously worked as Joint Chief Executive, then CEO of…
Read More Heather Richardson
Marie Cooper

Marie Cooper

Senior Nursing Advisor Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing Marie is a nurse with many years’ experience of clinical leadership with an expertise in practice development across a range of care settings. Having…
Read More Marie Cooper
Amanda Mayo

Amanda Mayo

Care Director Amanda joined St Christopher’s in January 2019. She is the Director responsible for all care related activities in the Hospice. Care related activities include; medicine, community nursing, inpatient…
Read More Amanda Mayo
Joy Ross

Dr Joy Ross

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher’s Dr Joy Ross trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School. She completed her PhD at Imperial College, London, studying the pharmacogenetics of response…
Read More Dr Joy Ross
Helen King

Helen King

Helen is a Consultant Nurse at St Christopher’s. Helen joined St Christopher’s in 2019 to work on embedding the Age Attuned Palliative Care project – this work continued during the…
Read More Helen King

Advanced Syringe Driver & Drugs Skills Workshop 

Develop a deeper understanding of the medications used in syringe drivers and the assessment skills used to decide when to decrease or increase medications.

Taking place at St Christopher’s CARE, this workshop involves theory and case studies. By attending you will gain experience using the PAN London syringe driver charts.

This workshop follows on from the Introduction to Syringe Drivers course. For training in using the McKinley syringe driver machines, please book onto the introductory course. This advanced course will focus on decision making when using syringe drivers and the medications used .

The increased illness management complexity and the demand for high quality community palliative care at home has generated increased pressure to administer new drugs out of hospital and hospices.

This workshop will focus not only on pharmacological principles of drugs commonly used but will also focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary drugs use at the end of life.

The analysis and interpretation of complex case scenarios will help the group discussion among colleagues who either prescribe, dispense or administer these drugs, as well as the ones who monitor for their effect.

This workshop will help learners to build upon knowledge acquired during the ‘Introduction to syringe drivers’ workshop.

Objectives are for participants to be able to:

  • Identify drugs commonly delivered by syringe driver;
  • Discuss principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to clinical scenarios.

What will I learn?

Topics covered include:

  • Medicine Management
  • Prescribing
  • Symptom assessment and management
  • End of life care

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who is it for?

Professionals who have pre-existent advanced knowledge/skills/experience with syringe drivers.

  • Doctors
  • Educators
  • GPs
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Associates
  • Pharmacists

Please note this course will cover the skills needed for caring for adults.

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…
Read full profile Karen Duckworth

Discovery Days for the public

Discovery Days give the opportunity for everyone to learn more about St Christopher’s.

Our half day event explores how hospice and palliative care involves more than just institutions. Death and dying are part of the fabric of society, and as community members, we should all be able to make choices around end of life care.

During your visit you will tour St Christopher’s CARE and the hospice, meeting various members of the St Christopher’s team and you’ll get to take part in one of our creative arts sessions where we’ll have the opportunity to discuss death, dying and loss.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on at St Christopher’s, this is your chance to find out in a relaxed, friendly environment.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Do download our new History and Walking Tour App

We also provide Discovery Days for professionals. Please visit this page for more information.

Community of Practice for Activity Coordinators & Wellbeing teams

Community of Practice for for Activity Coordinators HELP Care Home Partners

Come and join us for our Community of Practice, a place to learn and grow together, developing new skills through evidenced-based education, equipping you in your practice to help improve the quality of the life of your residents.

We look forward to seeing you at St Christopher’s CARE soon!

Next session: Tuesday 24th September 2 – 4pm

Welcome to our Community of Practice for Activity Coordinators and Wellbeing practitioners. In this Community you will have the opportunity to network with likeminded individuals whose roles are all about enhancing the quality of life of the residents you work with.

We will meet four times over the year and explore topics such as goal setting, supporting people with dementia and the importance of maximising physical and mental potential.

As a community you will be able to shape the topics we cover, and receive knowledge and support. There is plenty of opportunity for networking, sharing ideas and problem solving together.

What you will learn will be shaped by the community giving you the opportunity to tailor the learning to meet your needs but we anticipate exploring

  • How we can support residents to keep moving
  • How we can support people with dementia to participate in activities
  • How it feels and how we can support ourselves, residents and other staff members when a resident dies

Who is it for?

This community is for anyone working as an Activity Coordinator, Wellbeing Practitioner or similar roles within a care home that is signed up as one of our Care Home Learning Partners.

Partners are entitled to free educational care home initiatives run by St Christopher’s.

Find out more about becoming a Care Home Learning Partner

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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 the Living Well at Home Team (goal focused rehabilitation using volunteers). She was part of the Wellbeing team through recent COVID-19 pandemic, translating in-person services online and then back again in a new design. She is currently working clinically in outpatient rehab and as part of the Professional Learning team helping to deliver webinars, workshops, communities and the 2023 Multi Professional Academy week.
Read full profile Gail Preston

ECHO sessions for care homes in South East London and Croydon

ECHO sessions for care homes in South East London and Croydon

We can provide support to set up and implement ECHO, a community of learning linking several care homes across our boroughs.

ECHO is delivered on Zoom and each community will get emailed in advance with the topic and speaker for that session and how to join. If you have any queries or are not receiving reminders please email education@stchristophers.org.uk

Please put the dates below for your community in your diary so as many of your team as possible can attend on the day.

ECHO dates for 2024/25

Wednesday 19 June 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 17 July 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 18 September 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 16 October 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 20 November 2024 2.30–4pm
Tuesday 10 December 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 22 January 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 19 February 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 19 March 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 22 May 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 26 June 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 24 July 2024   2.30–4pm
Wednesday 25 September 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 23 October 2024 2.30–4pm
Tuesday 19 November 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 11 December 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 29 January 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 26 February 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 26 March 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 5 June 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 3 July 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 4 September 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 2 October 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 6 November 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 4 December 2024 2023 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 8 January 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 5 February 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 5 March 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 12 June 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 10 July 2024   2.30–4pm
Wednesday 11 September 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 9 October 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 13 November 2024 2.30–4pm
Tuesday 3 December 2024 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 15 January 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 12 February 2025 2.30–4pm
Wednesday 12 March 2025 2.30–4pm

Wednesday 12 June 2024  2:30pm – 4:00pm 

Breathlessness Support, Hannah Doubleday, Team Lead for Rehabilitation and Wellbeing, Greenwich& Bexley Community Hospice

Wednesday 10 July 2024  2:30pm – 4:00pm

Syringe Driver, Kana Hamblyn, Palliative Nurse Specialist, G&BCH

Wednesday 11  September 2024  2:30pm – 4:00pm 

Advance Care plan UCP, Dr Lesley Bull, Medical Director G&BCH              

Wednesday   9 October 2024

Wednesday 13 November 2024

Wednesday 15 January 2025

Wednesday 12 February 2025

Wednesday 12 March 2025

For all enquiries regarding ECHO sessions at G&BCH please email Kana Hamblyn at echo@gbch.org.uk

Using a hub-and-spoke model, care home staff are facilitated to present real cases for discussion and learning.

The ECHO team works closely with clinical nurse specialists and other members of the wider multidisciplinary team. The curricula for educational sessions are decided by care homes.

Your ECHO facilitators:

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.
Read More Gill Early
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…
Read More Karen Duckworth

Who are ECHO sessions for?

These are for care homes in South East London and Croydon.

If you want to find out more about our additional Care Homes offering please see our Care Home Learning Partners information.

Palliative Care for People with Advanced Dementia

As a health or social care professional supporting people at the end of life, do you feel confident and competent to support and care for people with advanced dementia and their carers?

As part of a whole new learning programme here at St Christopher’s CARE to upskill clinicians and colleagues working in all settings to better understand and support the growing number of people with dementia at the end of life, we’ve created these training days.

And, to meet the needs of people with busy working schedules and different areas of interest and expertise, this has been designed to be a flexible course. That means learners may complete all three days, any two, or just the one that most suits their needs.

You can choose to attend all 3 days or whichever one suits your needs.

What will I learn?

19th September (virtual)

Day One Topic: Common Symptoms in People Living with Advanced Dementia

  • Dementia: pathophysiology, aetiology and key symptoms
  • How to support people displaying distressed and adaptive behaviours
  • How to recognise and managing pain in people living with dementia
  • How to recognise delirium in people living with dementia
  • Discuss dementia case scenarios

What will I learn?

7th November (virtual)

Day Two Topic: Key palliative care issues relating to people with advanced dementia and their carers

This study day – the second in our three-part palliative care and dementia series – will highlight some of the important palliative care issues relating to people with advanced dementia and their loved ones. The goals of the day are to help learners:

  • Be more familiar with the signs and symptoms that dementia is progressing and of the last 6-12 months of life
  • Understand the importance of end-of-life planning to prevent crisis admissions to the hospital
  • Recognise and address ways in which dementia may impact on nutritional intake
  • Be more aware of how people with advanced dementia process and cope with grief and loss and how best to support them and their families talk about grief and loss
  • Understand that services can be developed to support people with advanced dementia stay at home for as long as possible
  • Know the stressors associated with caring for someone with dementia at the end of life.

What will I learn?

16th January 2025 (virtual)

If you would prefer to attend an in-person day please register your interest here.

Day Three Topic: Communicating with people living with advanced dementia and their loved ones

  • Understand the different ways in which individuals with dementia communicate
  • Understand communication barriers and factors that can affect communication in a negative way
  • Be aware that non-verbal communication is an essential component of communication for people living with dementia

This course is pitched at an intermediate level and is suitable for nurses, doctors, social workers, occupational therapists, paramedics, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists.

Helen Scott

Helen Scott

Helen is an Independent Nurse Lecturer specialising in palliative and end-of-life care and dementia. She is a Visiting Lecturer for St Christopher’s Hospice, London, and an Associate Trainer for Dementia…
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Shafika Banoo

Shafika Banoo

Shafika currently works at St Christopher’s Hospice as a clinical fellow in the IPU. Shafika previously worked in India as a consultant in the city of Chennai in India for…
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Monica Crugel

Dr Monica Crugel

Dr Monica Crugel has more than 20 years’ experience in psychiatry and specialises in the care of older adults and people with dementia. She was a research fellow in a…
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Dr Jemima Collins

Dr Jemima Collins is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Care of Older People at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests are in ageing populations with chronic pain. She…
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Tracey Carter

Tracey Carter

Tracey Carter is an Registered Mental Nurse with over 35 years experience within the mental health arena, the last 15 years having been specifically within the Dementia Care field. Tracey…
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Maria Aparicio

Maria Aparicio

Maria has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care with St Christopher’s Hospice in the Community team in 2018. For two years she joined the St Christopher’s Centre…
Read More Maria Aparicio
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Mary Hodgson

Head of Community Action & Learning/CARE Co-Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice. Mary is an experienced community facilitator and researcher, and is interested in how people understand societal challenges and want to…
Read More Mary Hodgson
Helen King

Helen King

Helen is a Consultant Nurse at St Christopher’s. Helen joined St Christopher’s in 2019 to work on embedding the Age Attuned Palliative Care project – this work continued during the…
Read More Helen King

Skills for Care Registered Managers Network Meeting

In conjunction with Skills for Care, these meetings are held three times a year for teaching on specific topics and a Skills for Care update. Open to all Care Home Managers.

These Registered Managers Network meetings are in conjunction with Skills for Care and are available to all care homes. We are looking forward to welcoming you. These will take place 10am – 12.30pm at St Christopher’s CARE in Sydenham. Lunch will be provided after the meeting.

The next meeting is on Thursday 14th November 2024. Book your space soon.

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