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Advanced Respiratory Disease and End of Life Care

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

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

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

By attending this study day, you will:

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

Kate Norman

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

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

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

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

Seán Kenny

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

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

Relaxation for managing breathlessness
Practical session
Sean Kenny


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

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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Rehabilitative Palliative Care Community of Practice

Rehabilitative Palliative Care

Rehabilitative Palliative Care can make a big difference in peoples lives, upholding them as an individual and supporting them to be the best that they can be. Sometimes we know that creating change, implementing something new can be challenging and you can benefit from support along the way. This Community of Practice will support you using an ‘Action Learning’ model to create challenge, action planning and learning.

Comments from previous attendees this year:

Safe space to share ideas and benefit from others’ experience.”

I have grown in confidence over the past year and have found the network of the group really helpful.”

This training has supported developing action plans for service development which has been invaluable.”

The chance to hear what other places are doing and develop ideas from there – it has been good to know that there are resources out there that can be developed for us to use rather than starting from scratch.”

It has given me confidence to be able to make decisions and changes in my role at our hospice.  Knowing that people in similar roles are having similar experiences was reassuring.

When we are excited about change and want to implement something new it is important to take people with us and create lasting change. In these sessions we will support each other to see how the model can be used in your place of work. We will explore the challenges and opportunities that there are available to you and share expertise and experience within the group.

These sessions will not only give you a variety of support to take actions where you may be struggling but also an opportunity to network with other like minded professionals across the country and potentially beyond.

If you have any questions about the programme please contact education@stchristophers.org.uk

The Community will be interactive and formed of 6-8 people and we will meet every 3-4 weeks. This group will be based on some of the principles of Action Learning sets. In the first session we will reflect on how the new Rehabilitative Palliative Care model fits in the context of our work. We will think about the role that we all have to play as leaders, whatever level we might be in an organisation. We’ll start to think about how these might link to see what changes we would like to make where we work to implement this way of thinking.

You will be encouraged to create an overall goal and vision for the programme and consider the steps that you will need to take to implement it. The group will discuss these and provide support and encouragement along the way. We will then have opportunities, over the proceeding months, to bring issues that you are having to the group.

The aim is to create a continuous process of learning and reflection, supported by members with an intention of moving things forward. Though the group each participant with gather knowledge and have time for active reflection before making a plan. This will be followed up on subsequent sessions so we can all gain from each other’s learning.

This group is open to anyone who has a passion for the principles of rehabilitative palliative care and would like to make changes to their individual or organisational practice to more encompass these principles.

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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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This community is now full. Please register your interest for a future community.

Each session is held on a Tuesday, from 09:30 – 11:00 online:

  • 27 February, 2024
  • 19 March, 2024
  • 16 April, 2024
  • 14 May, 2024
  • 11 June,2024
  • 16 July, 2024
  • 17 September, 2024
  • 15 October, 2024
  • 26 November, 2024
  • 17 December 2024
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