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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.


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: Thursday 6 May 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

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.

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

Date: Thursday 20 May 2021

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: £40 per delegate

Who should attend: Registered nurses with current NMC registration

An Introduction to the Management of Syringe Drivers

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 syringe driver up as well as monitoring the effect of its use.

A certificate of attendance, not competence, will be issued.

Date: Thursday 20 May 2021

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Day Hospice at St Barnabas House

Cost: £40 per delegate

Who should attend: Registered nurses and doctors

Introduction to Supporting Children who are Bereaved

This study afternoon, provided in response to demand, can be used as a refresher for the principles of supporting bereaved children or to gain or improve your knowledge.  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 or 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.

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

Date: Tuesday 25 May 2021

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

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.

Date: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Location: St Barnabas Hospice

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

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.

“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.

Education Team Photo - April 2021
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