Education & training

A life threatening illness affects the body, mind, spirit, social well-being, the family of the patient and their carers. Hospice education for health and social care professionals strives to improve skills, knowledge and attitudes in all these areas.
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Working together

St Clare Hospice contributes to the field of palliative care education locally, nationally and internationally. We will support and work with you so that, together, we can ensure the right patients are referred to St Clare at the right time.

We provide a number of educational activities designed to meet the needs of our health and social care colleagues in the NHS, nursing homes, community teams and acute care settings.

End of Life Care study days and webinars

We run regular study days for our generalist and new Palliative care colleagues on regular basis. This day contains interactive lectures on:

  • Inspiration for working in Palliative care
  • Pain management
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Psychological distress
  • Advance care planning
  • Use of syringe drivers
  • Care of the dying patient
  • Ethical dilemmas

We have a Virtual Study Day about palliative care for people with learning disabilities, which is approved and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians (5 CPD points) taking place on Wednesday 22nd September, booking is via Eventbrite.

For more information about our study days, including when the next one will take place, visit our Education and Training event page.

Masterclasses in palliative care: lunchtime learning for professionals

Following on from the success of the first series of Masterclass sessions, we’re delighted to be extending this programme of lunchtime lectures for professionals working in health and social care in our local community. Our new masterclass sessions will cover a variety of topics, from pressure sores in palliative care to taking a public health approach. Also back, by popular demand, Dr Qamar Abbas will be talking about palliative care for Dementia patients.

The sessions will take place on the second Tuesday of every month, 1-2pm, beginning in July 2021, and will run on a monthly basis. Attendance is bookable via the links below.

13th JulySkin care challenges and the palliative patientLynne Hooper
10th AugustCeilings of care with palliative patients in the community – PEACE documentJonathan Riordan
14th SeptemberPalliative care for patients with DementiaQamar Abbas
12th OctoberA community involvement approach to death and dying
Sally Muylders
9th NovemberApplication of the PEACE document – Lessons learntJonathan Riordan
14th DecemberSupporting patients and carers with difficult questionsAmanda Pelham
11th January 2022Managing end of life care for neurological diseasesJane Osborne

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact:

Namaste Dementia Care training for professionals

We offer regular, free Introduction to Namaste Dementia Care training sessions via Zoom. These sessions are intended for paid carers and other health and social care professionals, across West Essex and East Hertfordshire, who are working with people who are living with advanced dementia. The introductory training sessions will help local professionals to enhance their ability to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to local people living with advanced dementia.

Namaste Care is an internationally-recognised care programme which teaches you to use simple activities that include sensory stimulation of our five senses (touch, hearing, sight, smell and taste) to help people with dementia connect and engage with others. The word ‘Namaste’ is a Hindi greeting that means to ‘honour the spirit within,’ and is the guiding principle of Namaste Care. Multi-sensory activities can involve music, food and drink and can also include therapeutic touch and massage. These basic principles are simple to learn and easy to put into practice when caring for someone with dementia.

Following on from the introductory course, attendees will be invited to join a Namaste Network Group, where they will be able to share best practice, successes, and learning points from putting Namaste care into practice within the caring work environment.

Visit our Education and Training Event page to book on to forthcoming training courses.

The Namaste Care Dementia Support project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Essex Community Fund.

Caring for patients in the dying phase

This is a collaborative, face-to-face education workshop, organised by St Clare Hospice and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, giving attendees an opportunity to learn from experts in the field of palliative care and increase their confidence, skills and knowledge in relation to caring for patients who are actively dying.

Care of the dying patient generally refers to care in the last days or hours of life. The goals of care during the last hours and days of life are to ensure comfort and dignity. Quite often, when healthcare providers may not have expertise in palliative care, identifying when patients are at this stage of life can be challenging. With that in mind, a study afternoon is arranged at St Clare Hospice to address topics of:

  • Diagnosing dying
  • Symptom assessment approaches at the end of life
  • Prescribing considerations.

Places for this free afternoon workshop are limited. Sessions will be taking place in July 2021, October 2021 and January 2022. Please book via Evenbrite, via our Education and Training event page.

Specialist palliative care study days

We regularly run study days for clinical colleagues on topics of advanced knowledge. Previously, we have run specialist study days on a variety of subjects including:

  • Motor Neurone disease
  • Lung cancer and Mesothelioma
  • General Oncology
  • Faith at the end of life

We will advertise the next Study Day on our Education and Training event pages.

Training for trainees and/or recently qualified healthcare professionals

We have regular trainees who are recently qualified or are going through early career training who broaden their knowledge and experience by doing a placement at the Hospice, these include:

  • Foundation year doctors
  • General Practice Trainee doctors
  • Specialist Registrar doctors (on their way to become Consultants in Palliative Medicine)
  • Newly qualified nurses (who receive mentorship and competency development programme during their job)
  • Newly qualified Allied healthcare professionals (Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social workers)

Short-term and day placement for healthcare professionals and clinical students

We also offer short term or single day placements to healthcare professionals who want to gain insight into the work that hospice does.

For a short term placement, the professional/student will be placed with a key member of staff or mentor. That mentor will help the professional/student to achieve their placement aims and learning objectives.

For a single day placement, professionals will get insight into hospice work by shadowing the team in our Inpatient Unit, seeing Palliative care in practice.

Professionals/students wishing to undertake a placement at St Clare Hospice should contact: Dr Qamar Abbas via

University teaching and student placements

We have strong links with universities, nursing and medical training programmes and offer placements to doctors and student nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

We are a University of Cambridge Teaching Hospice, and we receive medical students from the University as part of their training. We also receive Physician Associate and Nursing students from Anglia Ruskin University.

Our Medical Director, Dr Qamar Abbas, is a Senior Clinical Tutor at the University of Cambridge and an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University; as part of these roles, Dr Abbas contributes to these universities’ teaching seminars and workshops.

Research and audit

We are continually involved in local and national audits to evaluate our work and learn from our practice. We also get involved regularly in research projects and recruit patients for multi-centre and multi-national research. More information on this can be found in our Quality accounts.

View our upcoming Education and Training events

We host a number of Education and Training events throughout West Essex and the borders of East Hertfordshire over the year. If you are a local healthcare professional with an interest in palliative care, please view our list of upcoming study days, workshops and conferences on our Education and Training section of our Events page.

Join our team

It’s an exciting time to work at St Clare Hospice. We have developed new roles to help deliver our ambitious strategy of reaching more people with our services, and working more closely with our partners in the health, social care and voluntary sectors.

If you’d like to work at St Clare Hospice, take a look at the roles we currently have available on our Jobs page. Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more, have a question, or would like to arrange an informal chat with a member of our HR team, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

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Find out more

You can find out about how we can help local people and how to refer to our services via our website.