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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.


An Introduction to Caring for People with Advanced Respiratory Disease

Date: Tuesday 4 June: 9.30am – 4.00pm

This study day will provide an overview of chronic respiratory disease and its conservative management. There will be an emphasis on the importance of the different clinical teams working together to provide the best care possible for the person, with support for their family, friends and professional carers. There will be an opportunity to consider palliative rehabilitation, symptom management, and how the person will be supported towards the end of their life both within an in-patient unit (hospital or hospice) and the community setting. Some of the ethical issues that arise will be explored and the latest research will be considered.

Who should attend: all health and social care professionals

Cost: £80. A light lunch is provided.

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Management of Syringe Drivers & Symptom Management in the Last Days of Life

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2019

Management of Syringe Drivers: 9.30 – 12.30. This half day session provides an opportunity for registered general nurses and doctors to consider the appropriate use of a syringe driver (McKinley) in palliative care.  There will be a focus on the implications for its use, advantages and possible disadvantages, drug compatibility and the practicalities of setting the driver up as well as monitoring the effect of its use.  A certificate of attendance, not competence, will be issued.

Symptom Management: 13.30 – 16.30. 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.

Who should attend these sessions: Registered nurses and doctors

Cost: £40 each session including refreshments and handouts          (if attending both sessions a light lunch will be included)

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Introduction to Supporting Children who are Bereaved

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm

This study morning, provided in response to demand, can be used as a refresher for the principles of supporting bereaved children or to gain/improve your knowledge base.  The focus will be on ensuring that following the death of someone close to them, children will be supported during the bereavement process in discussion with their family/guardian and other professionals.  There will be an emphasis on support immediately following the person’s death and identification of the child’s need for future support. It is anticipated that group discussions will feature as part of this short course, linking theory to practice with relevant signposting.

Who should attend: All health and social care professionals from all clinical settings

Cost: FREE to those working in the Coastal West Sussex area. Please contact us if you work outside this area and are interested in this course. Funded by NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

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Advanced Communication Skills Training (ACST)

Date: Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 June 2019 – 8.30am to 5.00pm

The ACST programme has been developed in response to NICE Supportive and Palliative Care Guidance.  The aim of the programme is to implement a training model, involving a two-day workshop, which is learner-centred and is experiential.   Sessions will be structured around participant requests. You will need your line manager’s support and be able to attend for the full two days. Please note that video filming and role play are an integral part of the course for all participants.

Who should attend: senior health care professionals, including doctors & nurses and allied health care professionals who are involved in cancer and the delivery of end of life care

Cost:  £500. Light lunch provided.

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We have now launched our 2018/19 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.

Our 2018/19 Education Programme calendar and brochure are now available in the ‘more details’ section of this page. When you are ready to book simply complete our booking form.

Online booking form

Sage & Thyme Level 1 & Level 2 Bookings

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

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.

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St Barnabas House Education Team Brochure and Booking Form 2018-19
St Barnabas House Education Team