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Rehabilitative Palliative Care Skills Workshop

Shakun Banfield

Rehabilitation in palliative care has been well established as a way of supporting people to live well until they die. But we know that it can be so much more than a visit from a physio or OT.

Rehabilitative palliative care encourages us to think about how each interaction we have with someone can enhance their quality of life.

In this workshop we will explore the principles of rehabilitation in a wider context and how we can use them to enhance our practice.

We will explore topics such as goal setting, movement, enablement and self-management.

What will I learn?

In this workshop we will look at practical ways in which you can support someone to be the best that they can be. We will explore the importance of language in our interactions and there will be some role play.

Also we’ll look at the importance of asking ‘What matters to you?’ and how we can use that to influence the care/support that we provide.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who is it for?

This workshop is appropriate for all Nurses, Nursing Associates, Healthcare Assistants, Care Home Managers, Pharmacists and other allied health professionals looking to learn more about rehabilitative palliative care.

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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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Falls Clinic Skills Workshop 

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

Each workshop can be attended as a standalone session.

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

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

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

What will I learn?

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

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

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

What I will learn?

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

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

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

What I will learn?

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

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

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

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Gail Preston

Gail has a wide ranging experience in Physiotherapy, coming to work at St Christopher’s in 2011. She has been involved in all aspects of Rehabilitation at St Christopher’s including developing the Living Well at Home Team (goal focused rehabilitation using volunteers). She was part of the Wellbeing team through recent COVID-19 pandemic, translating in-person services online and then back again in a new design. She is currently working clinically in outpatient rehab and as part of the Professional Learning team helping to deliver webinars, workshops, communities and the 2023 Multi Professional Academy week.
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Heart Failure Community of Practice

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

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

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

What will this community look like?

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

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

By attending this community of practice you will:

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

Who is it for?

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

Isobel Jackson

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

Dr Joy Ross

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

Fiona Hodson

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

Community of Practice for for Activity Coordinators HELP Care Home Partners

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

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

Next session: Tuesday 24th September 2 – 4pm

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

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

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

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

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

Who is it for?

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

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

Find out more about becoming a Care Home Learning Partner

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Gail Preston

Gail has a wide ranging experience in Physiotherapy, coming to work at St Christopher’s in 2011. She has been involved in all aspects of Rehabilitation at St Christopher’s including developing the Living Well at Home Team (goal focused rehabilitation using volunteers). She was part of the Wellbeing team through recent COVID-19 pandemic, translating in-person services online and then back again in a new design. She is currently working clinically in outpatient rehab and as part of the Professional Learning team helping to deliver webinars, workshops, communities and the 2023 Multi Professional Academy week.
Read full profile Gail Preston
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