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Education Programme

Our Education Department is an important part of the hospice, offering education to those involved in care services such as palliative care and end of life care, either here at the hospice or in hospital, within the community or perhaps the patient’s own home.


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Symptom Management in the Last Days of Life

This session will provide an introduction to the assessment of some of the common symptoms experienced by people in the last days of life. This will include:

  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Respiratory secretions
  • Terminal agitation

There will be a focus on some of the key drugs prescribed to manage these symptoms, including drug conversions. The session will consider some of the current national guidance that informs clinical practice.

Date: Thursday 11 February 2021

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

This course will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. After booking you will receive a joining link with instructions by the day before the event.

Cost: £40 per delegate

Who should attend: registered nurses and doctors

Verification of Expected Adult Death (VOEAD)

This study day will provide an overview of how to verify an expected adult death. It will provide an introduction and overview of local policy specific to ‘Verification of Expected Death’ and consider the registered nurse’s role and the coroner’s perspective. It will also consider related communication, legal and ethical issues, record keeping and documentation, and bereavement support for relatives. There will be an assessment of each student’s practical skill of VOEAD to ascertain knowledge gained.

Please bring a stethoscope for the practical session

Date: Thursday 25th February 2021

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

This course will be held face to face at St Barnabas Hospice. Please be assured we are adhering to government guidance with regard to maintaining social distancing and hygiene arrangements.

Cost: £80 per delegate

Who should attend: Registered nurses with current NMC registration

The course provides a certificate of attendance.  Full competency will need to be gained within the student’s own clinical setting and is the individual professional’s responsibility to complete.

Hydration at the End of Life

This study session is set against the background of the NICE guidance on ‘Care of the dying adult in the last days of life’ (2015) and its focus on maintaining hydration. It will provide an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of some of the key aspects of hydration for the person at the end of their life and consider current evidence. This will include exploring issues related to clinically assisted hydration and the potential ethical scenarios based on current guidelines.

Date: Wednesday 27 January 2021

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

This course will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. After booking you will receive a joining link with instructions by the day before the event.

Cost: FREE to those working in the NHS West Sussex area. Funded by NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

 £40 to those working outside the CCG area

Who should attend: All healthcare professionals from all clinical settings

Intermediate Communication Skills at End of Life

The aim of this study day is to support the development of compassionate and effective communication skills for clinicians and professionals working with people with life-limiting and end of life conditions.

The day will offer some guidance on how to open up sensitive conversations.

Date: Tuesday 9 February 2021

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

This course will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. After booking you will receive a joining link with instructions by the day before the event.

Cost: FREE to those working in the NHS West Sussex area. Funded by NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

 £80 to those working outside the CCG area

Who should attend: All healthcare professionals from all clinical settings

“Sharing knowledge and learning together”

We have just launched our 2020/21 Education Programme, which aims to promote the best possible care for our patients and support for their family and friends.

The programme is put together following discussion with patients, carers and professionals, to ensure that our teaching sessions match the needs of those receiving and those giving the care.

We will not be publishing a brochure this year, but we have produced a flyer detailing all of our External courses for 2020-21.   If you require any additional information about any of the courses, please contact the Education team, contact details are available in the ‘more details’ section of this page. When you are ready to book simply complete our booking form.

All face to face courses and study days are held at St Barnabas House; please be assured we are adhering to government guidance with regard to maintaining social distancing and hygiene arrangements.  Virtual sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

Online booking form

Sage & Thyme Level 1 Bookings

Please Note: We need you to complete a different form to attend the Sage & Thyme course:

Research and Innovation

We aim to constantly review and improve our services and are committed to developing research and innovation in Palliative Medicine. Read and download our latest staff presentations given at a variety of conferences here.

St Barnabas House it taking part in a research study about COVID-19 called CovPall, more information on which can be found here.

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