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 webinars

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

  • Choosing to Care for Palliative Care Patients
  • Pain management
  • Managing Delirium and Terminal Agitation in Palliative Care
  • Psychological issues
  • Advance care planning
  • Use of syringe drivers
  • Care of the dying patient
  • Ethical issues

We are running quarterly End of Life care webinars, via Microsoft Teams, on the following dates:

For more information about our webinars, including links to book your 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.

The sessions will take place on the second Tuesday of every month (except May 2023), 1-2pm, and will run on a monthly basis. Click on the links below for more information and to book your place.

Date Topic Facilitator
9th July 2024 Tools for symptom assessment Dr Qamar Abbas
10th September 2024 Diabetes management in the last days of life Dr Arjun Kingdon
8th October 2024 Advance Care Planning and EPACCS guidance Dr Enam Khan
12th November 2024 Renal failure and prescribing at end of life Dr Jonathan Riordan
10th December 2024 Steroid use in palliative care Dr Enam Khan

If you have any questions, or difficulties booking a place, please contact:

St Clare Hospice Learning Together Study Days

Improve your knowledge and understanding of palliative and end-of-life care at our Learning Together Study Days taking place at Harlow Study Centre on Tuesday 25th June and Thursday 21st November 2024.

Learn from our expert clinical team and special guest speakers as we share expertise and best practice and explore the best ways to provide relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of living with a serious progressive illness – whatever the diagnosis. 

Tuesday 25th June 2024: Neurological Diseases and Palliative Care – This event has now taken place

Thursday 21st November 2024: Spirituality at the End of Life – Book here

Our Learning Together Study Days are designed for all health and social care professionals who work in hospitals, care homes and other settings that care for patients with palliative care needs and are suitable for the entire multidisciplinary team. 

Both days will include lectures, seminars, interactive workshops and information stands. CPD points have been applied for. 

St Clare Hospice Palliative Care Conference

The third St Clare Hospice Palliative Care Conference will take place on Friday 10th October 2025.

The conference will be an opportunity to learn from experts across a broad range of disciplines and healthcare settings, including hospitals, community, care homes and hospices.

To register your interest and receive priority early-bird booking notifications, click here.

Advanced Communications Skills Training

We annually run an Advanced Communications Skills Training two day course. This course is relevant for registered health professionals working with patients at the end of their life. 10 CPD credit points have been approved for this course by the Royal Colleges of Physicians.

National policy and research continues to emphasise the importance of effective communication skills for health and social care professionals. The positive impact on the experience of care and the wider organisation is well documented. This well evaluated, two day experiential course explores challenging communication issues from the participant’s practice.

National policy and research continues to emphasise the importance of effective communication skills for health and social care professionals. The positive impact on the experience of care and the wider organisation is well documented.

To register your interest in our 2025 courses, please email

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.

The next Caring for patients in the dying phase workshop is being held on 6th November 2024 at St Clare Hospice.

For more information, contact:

DNACPR Study Day

We are delighted to announce a new practical DNACPR Study Day, developed in partnership with Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT). This collaborative study day will support senior clinicians in the local region to develop their competence and confidence in leading Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) discussions.

This practical study day will be delivered in person at the Hospice. Clinicians will have the opportunity to practice DNACPR conversations in a safe environment, and learn through the process of feedback and self-assessment techniques. It will also be used as part of a wider competency training package ratified by provider organisations to enable senior clinicians to formally take on the role of Senior Responsible Officer in relation to DNACPR.

The next DNACPR session is on Tuesday 24th September 2024.

Admission onto this study day is by invitation only. For more information, contact:

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)

Trainees and recently qualified health professionals wishing to undertake a placement at St Clare Hospice should contact: Sam Haythorpe via

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: Sam Haythorpe 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.

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.