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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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

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

New for 2021 is a series of twice-monthly lunchtime lectures, covering a range of subjects relating to palliative care. These free lunchtime lectures are run on the second Tuesday and last Friday of every month (currently scheduled until June 2021), at 1pm-2pm, via Zoom.

These masterclass sessions present an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from experienced practitioners in palliative and end of life care.  The talks are being delivered by a range of experts, from St Clare Hospice and its partner organisations. 

Tuesday 11th May   Steroids in palliative care  
Friday 28th MayTeam well-being  
Tuesday 8th JuneUse of SPIKES in difficult communication scenarios 
Friday 25th JunePalliative care for Learning disabilities patients  

Please book your place via Eventbrite, using the hyperlinks above. If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact:

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.

Find out more

Find out more about how we can help local people and how to refer to our services.