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The Future of Ageing conference

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 Aly 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.

In partnership with

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.

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

Ros Taylor

Dr Ros Taylor MBE DL qualified as a doctor at Cambridge University in 1980 and  initially worked as a GP. In 1992 she pioneered a palliative care unit in her local hospital in Cumbria and became enthused by the specialty. In 1996, she took on the leadership role at the Hospice of St Francis in Herts, a post she held until 2015. She was then appointed as Clinical Director at Hospice UK, a national umbrella organisation for the hospice movement, advocating for improved access to palliative care in all settings.  In January 2020, she took on the medical leadership role…
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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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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, Education and Community Engagement
Nightingale Hammerson
10:20‘A day in the life of …’
Care Homes resident supported by a HCA + family carer.
Ruth Rolle and Helen Simmons
10:35Future of Frailty – a reality check
Frailty, Care Homes and Dementia – go hand in hand.

Caroline Nicholson, Professor of Palliative Care and Ageing
University of Surrey
11:00Care Homes – how they are evolving to become hospice of the future
Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Medical Director
Harlington Hospice and Trustee of Nightingale Hammerson
11:25Morning break
11:45Developing Nursing Workforce in Care Homes – Investing in Social Care Nursing
– Moral compass in nursing in care homes in decisions in end of life
– Developing nursing home and care homes workforce
– BALANCE / appeal to both audiences / how both can compliment and influence and support each other

Dr Zena Aldridge, , Chief Nursing Officers Team
(NIHR and Social Care Institute)
12:10Q&A with:
– Helen Simmons
– Ruth Rolle
– Caroline Nicholson
– Ross Taylor
– Zena Aldridge
– Nuno Lopes

Maaike Vandeweghe, Chair
12:30Lunch (with exhibitions)
13:30Introductions to the afternoon
Chipema Chitambala, Director of Care Services
Nightingale Hammerson
14:00Workshops

1. Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Care Homes
Example of innovation and best practice
Phoebe Mooney, Learning Disabilities Clinical Nurse Specialist
Dr Karen Dodd

St Christopher’s

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

3. Focus on staff wellbeing
Zena Aldridge
15:00Afternoon break
15:20TBC
15:40Moving beyond intention
Maaike Vandeweghe
16:00Reflections
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
Helen Simmons, CEO, St Christopher’s and Clemence Muchingaguyo, Registered Manager
Nightingale Hammerson
10:20TBC
10:35TBC
11:00Case Management – Admiral Nursing
Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research & Publications
Dementia UK
11:25Morning break
11:45TBC
12:10Q&A with:
Helen Rimell
Karen Harrison Dening
Craig Ritchie
Graham Stokes

Helen Simmons, CEO, St Christopher’s
12:30Lunch (with exhibitions)
13:30Introduction to the afternoon
Clemence Muchingaguyo, Registered Manager
Nightingale Hammerson
13:40Unpaid workforce – when carers needs are the greatest
Dr Zena Aldridge
14:00Workshops

TBC
15:00Afternoon break
15:20NAMASTE
15:40Let us influence and shape your practice and research
Facilitated Suzy Webster
Dementia UK
16:00Moving beyond intention
Maaike Vandeweghe
16:20Reflections and call to action
Helen Simmons, CEO
St Christopher’s

Clemence Muchingaguyo, Registered Manager
Nightingale Hammerson
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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Nurses as Trailblazers and Pathfinders: Let’s Make Things Happen

Join us for this half-day virtual conference as we showcase the work of nurses working as trailblazers and pioneering pathfinders.

Global Palliative Nursing Network

This event, hosted by The Global Palliative Nursing Network, offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from leaders whose achievements are significant, often against the odds. We will draw on experiences from across the world, including Sudan, Cameroon, India, and Lebanon.

The light we shine on their work reflects on progress to achieve the World Health Assembly call of 2014 for universal effort to make palliative care a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course, and what we can learn from them to address the work outstanding.

This conference is FREE to nurses in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

At this event, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Hear first-hand accounts from visionary individuals, gaining insights into their innovative approaches, challenges, and triumphs
  • Contribute to plans for combined efforts towards better and more palliative care in the future – we all have a part to play
  • Meet and connect with colleagues in your region and beyond
  • Draw on the ideas of global executive coach and author Jess Pryce Jones, who is launching her new book this July on the power of using intuition to get results.  

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a nursing student, we believe this event offers a unique learning experience and place to connect and grow. We would like to meet you and introduce you to others!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of a donor, we are able to offer free places to all who would not be able to afford to join otherwise. You will see this funded option when you click ‘Book now’.

Please email education@stchrtistophers.org.uk with any questions.

 Session TitleSpeaker
11:45am BST (10:45am UTC)Meet and Greet hosted by our Network Champions  
You are invited to join a small breakout group to meet fellow nurses from your region!  

Welcome and Introduction

12:00pm (11:00am UTC)Welcome and IntroductionHeather Richardson, Director of Academic Learning and Action, St Christopher’s London
12:10pm (11:10am UTC)Setting the Scene
The World Health Assembly resolution; its achievement and the work remaining
Dr Stephen R Connor, Executive Director Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance    
12:25pm (11:25am UTC)  Why nurses are well placed to respond.
Their opportunity and responsibility as change agents  
Professor Julia Downing, Chief Executive, International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)  
12:45pm (11:45am UTC)  Personal reflection – interactive
Where are you in your own journey?
What kind of change agent are you by nature?
How do you adapt to meet new opportunities?    
Marie Cooper, Senior Nurse Advisor, St Christopher’s

Introducing Global Change Agents and Their Focus  

1:00pm (12:00pm UTC)  The continuous improver  
Christian, founder of the community palliative care charity “Soigner le Vie” in Cameroon, embodies entrepreneurial spirit and social impact. He will share how from a mere vision, he has forged a dedicated team and vital services, rallying community support to elevate awareness of palliative care and engage individuals in collective action. Christian’s unwavering commitment and forward-thinking approach exemplify a transformative model for grassroots initiatives, showcasing the power of innovative leadership in healthcare advocacy.
Christian Tsotsie, Founder of Soigner La Vie Nurse and GPNN Champion, Cameroon    
1:15pm (12:15pm UTC)    The development strategist  
Silva, a nurse working in academia based in Lebanon has taken a leading role in advancing palliative care through various initiatives, notably establishing a new national palliative care association for nurses. With a primary focus on skill development and professionalism. Silva will outline her efforts in reshaping the landscape of end-of-life care in Lebanon. Silva’s unwavering passion and dedication are driving tangible improvements in the standards of palliative care delivery, making a meaningful impact on the entire Lebanese care system.
Dr Silva Dakessian Sailan, Educationalist, American University of Beirut and GPNN Advisory Group Member, Lebanon      
1:30pm (12:30pm UTC)  The intuitive adapter
Despite the significant challenges posed by the war, Halima, Geraldine, and colleagues have demonstrated remarkable resilience and determination in their mission to provide nursing education and advance palliative care. Halima and Geraldine will recount how they have maintained their unwavering focus and adaptability amid adversity highlight their commitment to making a meaningful difference in the face of adversity.
Dr Halima Ali, Palliative Care Coordinator, National Cancer Institute, Sudan and GPNN Champion
Geraldine Damanhuri, Clinical Nurse Specialist and GPNN member  
1:45pm (12:45pm UTC)    The heart driven opportunist
Leonor, a nurse at St Christopher’s, will offer insights into seizing opportunities that extend beyond routine tasks, illustrating their potential to profoundly impact individuals, nurses, and the broader understanding of palliative care. Through her experiences, she’ll emphasise how embracing these opportunities fosters a holistic approach to care, enriching the lives of both patients and caregivers. Leonor’s perspective underscores the transformative power of stepping outside conventional practices to enhance the quality of palliative care delivery.    
Leonor Pacheo, Deputy Ward Manager, St Christopher’s London and GPNN member      
2:00pm (1:00pm UTC)  Discussion 1: What are their shared characteristics?

Discussion 2: What are their distinctive strengths?
Heather Richardson, Director of Academic Learning and Action, St Christopher’s  
2:15pm (1:15pm UTC)  Break

Priorities for the Future  

2:30pm (1:30pm UTC)  Improving Access to Medication Globally
2.45 pm (1:45pm UTC)    Addressing Inequity to Care Provision
Increasing access to address inequity    

Anu, is a nurse with a keen eye for unmet needs, has dedicated many years to serving marginalised and often overlooked communities, empowering them with a voice and presence in society. Through her initiatives, she has not only built essential services but also provided a platform for those on the fringes to be heard and valued within their communities. In her presentation, Anu will candidly discuss the challenges faced along the way, alongside the remarkable successes achieved in her mission to uplift and advocate for the marginalized.  
Anu Savio, Nurse Consultant, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute and GPNN Advisory Group Member, Indian and United Arab Emirates    
3.00 pm (2:00pm UTC)  The vital role of Nursing Research and Education to Health Policy 

Marie began her distinguished career in paediatric nursing in Belgium, where she developed a profound dedication to palliative care. This passion was ignited by her clinical experiences and a deep concern for the national policy on euthanasia for children, which she found incongruent with her professional observations and the insufficient palliative care services available nationwide. Determined to make a difference, Marie will share with us how she transitioned into research and education to drive change at national level.
Professor Marie Friedel
Professor in Nursing Science, Department of Life Sciences and Medicine (DLSM), 
University of Luxembourg
3.15pm (2:15pm UTC)  Meet the Experts
Have time with the speakers in breakout groups    

Moving Forward

3:40pm (2:40pm UTC)  ‘Trust your gut’
Intuition, that silent navigator, often whispers truths our rational minds have yet to grasp. In its subtlety lies the profound wisdom of instinct, guiding us through the complexities of life. Jess will make a compelling case for the value of honing our intuition in our work.
Jess Pryce-Jones, Global Executive Coach and Author      
3:55pm (2:55pm UTC)  Next Steps and Opportunities
How to connect with each other and build our network
Marie Cooper, Senior Nurse Advisor, St Christopher’s
4.00pm (3:00pm UTC)Close 
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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
Julia Downing

Professor Julia Downing

Professor Downing is an experienced palliative care nurse, educationalist and researcher. She is the Chief Executive of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and Professor at universities in Uganda,…
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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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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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Geraldine Damanhuri

Geraldine Damanhuri

Geraldine Damanhuri is a highly experienced and accomplished nurse specialising in palliative care, with a career spanning over three decades. She holds many qualifications in nursing and higher education, and…
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Christian TSOTIE

Christian Tsotie

Christian is a senior nurse based in Cameroon – a pain management and palliative care nurse specialist with 10 years’ experience. He is also a home-based palliative care team coordinator…
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Stephen Connor

Stephen Connor

Stephen R. Connor, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the London, UK based Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), an alliance of national and regional hospice and palliative care organizations…
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Learning Disabilities and Palliative Care Skills Workshop

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How can we improve palliative care for people with learning disabilities?

This is an interactive session which aims to improve participants understanding of learning disabilities and how we can meet the needs of this patient group towards the end of life. It will include case studies and opportunity for Q&A.

Topics will include: supporting communication, decisions around hospital admissions, providing person-centred care and symptom assessment for this patient group. By the end of this session you will have improved confidence in supporting individuals with learning disabilities towards the end of life.

What will I learn?

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

Topics will include:

  • Advance care planning
  • Symptom assessment for people with learning disabilities
  • Communicating about death and illness.
  • Decisions around hospital admissions

Who is it for?

This workshop is appropriate for all Nurses, Nursing Associates, Healthcare Assistants, support workers, Care Home Managers and other allied health professionals looking to refresh their knowledge about learning disabilities in palliative care.

Phoebe Mooney

Phoebe Mooney 

Phoebe is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for people with learning disabilities working in palliative care at St Christopher’s Hospice. She has always had a special interest in palliative care and prior to her current role Phoebe worked as an advance care planning nurse for adults with LD in East London. Phoebe also has experience of working as a community learning disability nurse in both physical and mental health. Phoebe is passionate about improving the support people with learning disabilities receive at the end of life and enjoys teaching and raising awareness about this topic.
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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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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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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…
Read More Karen Duckworth

Heart Failure Community of Practice

We are inviting anyone with an interest in the care of those living with and dying from heart failure to join our 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.  Please do sign up and join our community and bring examples of practice which we can support with and all learn together.

What will I learn?

There are 6 online sessions in total. The last session is Tuesday 11th June. If you join you will get access to all previous recordings.

All online sessions:

Wednesday 24th January3.00 – 4.30pmLikely trajectory
Tuesday 13th February12.30 – 2.00pmMeaningful conversations
Wednesday 6th March3.00 – 4.30pmSymptom management in heart failure
Wednesday 10th April3.00 – 4.30pmSymptom management EOL in heart failure
Wednesday 8th May3.00 – 4.30pmICDs
Tuesday 11th June12.30 – 2.00pmChanging focus of rehabilitation

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

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.

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.

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.
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George Pavey

Dr George Pavey

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Conference

Nurses as Trailblazers and Pathfinders: Let’s Make Things Happen

Tuesday 9th July 10.45am UTC (11.45am BST)

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…
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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

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,…
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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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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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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 this three-day course.

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?

18th July 2024 (in person at St Christopher’s CARE) or 16th January 2025 (virtual)

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…
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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…
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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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