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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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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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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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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)

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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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+…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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…
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Lantern Model

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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.
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