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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.


Supporting People with Advanced Liver Disease

Date: Tuesday 25 September 2018 – 9.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: £80 per delegate
Who should attend: All health and social care professionals

This study day will consider some key issues in relation to advanced liver disease.

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Speakers will include:

Sam Thomson & Stephen Kriese, Consultant Gastroenterologists WSHFT

Karen Cartwright, Advanced Dietician – gastroenterology, WSHFT

Ian Webzell, Alcohol & Substance Misuse CNS, Kings College Hospital, London

Suzanne Ford-Dunn, Consultant Palliative Medicine

Kim Batchelor, Liver CNS St Barnabas House

Swap Shop – Sit up, get dressed, keep moving campaign

Date: Tuesday 4 September 2018 – 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Cost: The session is FREE, you do not have to book, just turn up. Light lunch provided.
Who should attend: doctors, nurses, social workers and all health and social care professionals.

The aim of Swap Shop is to focus on a specific palliative care topic. It runs as a forty minute presentation along with a light lunch and participants are given a presentation handout with supportive references for further reading. There will be an opportunity for discussion and it is hoped that participants will informally swap and exchange ideas to enhance their clinical practice.

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Verification of Expected Adult Death

Date: Thursday 6 September 2018 – 9.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: FREE – This study day has been funded by NHS Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEEKSS). Light lunch provided.
Who should attend: Registered nurses with current NMC registration.

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.

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We are about to launch 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 will be available in the downloads section to the right hand side of this page shortly.

When you are ready to book simply complete our form.

Online booking form

Contact the Education Team

If you have any questions, please contact the Education Team via telephone on 01903 706356, email education@stbh.org.uk or fill out our enquiry form found here.

Debbie’s film

The St Barnabas Education Team recently showed Debbie’s film to two groups of nurses during one of our teaching sessions at the hospice. The film tells the story of Debbie, who has advanced Parkinson’s disease, and was created with our Artist-in-Residence.

Both groups of nurses viewed the film with great interest and discussed the various issues it raised for the person with the illness and for themselves. These included, for example, discrimination against disability, assumptions and judgement making, managing expectations, ‘seeing the person beyond the disease’, the ability to be free and to make decisions, the meaning of spirituality, the power of music, medication issues and making some sense of the concept of ‘resilience’.

You can watch the film here:

Debbie’s story and film were also presented at the NAPCE (National Association of Palliative Care Educators) Conference in December 2017 in Leeds where it won the Frances Sheldon Poster Award in recognition of the best initiative to support the theme of the conference which was “Inclusivity in Palliative Care Education: Discerning or Discriminating”.