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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.


Symptom Management in the Last Days of Life

This session provides an introduction to the assessment and management 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
  • Hydration
  • Breathlessness

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

Time: 09.30 – 12.30

Date: Thursday 30 September 2021

Location: St Barnabas House

Cost: £40 per delegate

Who should attend: RGN’s and AHP’s working in palliative and end of life care


What do I believe now that I am dying? Exploring spiritual care and difficult questions

This study session will provide an opportunity to explore what the term ‘spirituality’ means and how care providers might help to support a person’s spiritual needs at the end of life.

Time will also be given to consider how care providers might respond to some potentially sensitive comments or questions when they arise in everyday practice.

Presented by Stephen Gurr, Lead for Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy

Time: 09.30 – 12.45

Date: Thursday 7 October 2021

Location: St Barnabas House

Cost: £40 per delegate

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

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.

Time: 09.30 – 16.00

Date: Thursday 11 November 2021

Location: St Barnabas House

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.

Sage & Thyme Level 1 – Communication Skills

The SAGE & THYME® Online workshop teaches:

  • A memorable structured approach for getting into and out of a conversation
  • How to empower patients/carers/anyone who is worried or distressed
  • Communication skills that are evidence-based

The workshop lasts for 2hr 45min and is interactive: group work in breakout rooms, presentation, discussion and demonstration films.

Date: Wednesday 17 November 2021

Time: 9.30am – 12.15pm

This course will be held virtually via Zoom. 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)

 £60 to those working outside the CCG area

“Sharing knowledge and learning together”

We have just launched our 2021/22 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.

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 (except for Sage & Thyme Level 1 which will be delivered via Zoom).

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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STB Autumn newsletter 2021