St Christopher's CARE

Our vision is a world where everyone has access to care and support whenever and wherever it's needed

Welcome to the St Christopher's Learning Hub page. As well as our well-established programme of high quality, cutting-edge, specialist palliative care education, designed for those working in the UK and abroad, we have a developing programme of courses and training for our local generalist partners; those who often provide the bulk of the hands-on care to people approaching the end of lif

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Photos from St Christopher's CARE's post 12/05/2024

Applications for our Young Change Makers Programme close on 17 May!

It's a fantastic opportunity and it's FREE for 16-18 year olds who are not only interested in health, social and palliative care - but creating social change in their community 👐

Great experience to place on your CV! ✔️ Hosted from our state-of-the-art education centre.

Please spread the word and find out more here https://lnkd.in/ghNdcRKf

📅 Starts 8 July until 12 July
🤑 FREE Summer School
🥐 FREE Breakfast
🥪 FREE Lunch
🚂 Travel expenses covered!
📍 St Christopher's CARE, Sydenham, London

Physician Associate Introduction to Palliative Care Community of Practice 09/05/2024

Are you a Physician's Associate? Here's your chance to delve into Palliative Care with our new introduction programme specifically tailored to you.

Suitable for all physician associates working in palliative or primary care within Lewisham, Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark.

First session is on Thursday 23 May online.

⭐ BOOK HERE ⭐ https://bit.ly/3UN1UqA

📅 23 May, 6 June, 20 June, 11 July
⏰ 2pm to 5pm
⭐ £200 +VAT

Physician Associate Introduction to Palliative Care Community of Practice This introductory programme is for physician associates with an interest in furthering their knowledge and skills in palliative care. This is the first palliative care programme in the UK specifically tailored to physician associates. This community of practice will consist of four afternoon session...

08/05/2024

Last chance to book for our Creative Arts and Improving Care workshop 📢 🎨

Join Mandy Bruce who leads our Psychological and Spiritual Care team at St Christopher's and is also an Art Psychotherapist.

What can you look forward to?

🖌️ Experiential art-making opportunity to feel the power inherent in using the arts
❓ An opportunity to ask questions of an experienced therapist

⭐BOOK HERE ⭐ https://bit.ly/3xMOAcv

📅 14 May
📍 St Christopher's CARE Sydenham
⭐ £60+ VAT (Free to HELP Care Home Partners)

Improving Palliative Care for People with Advancing Heart Failure 07/05/2024

Programme announced! 📢

Check out what's planned for our up-coming conference, Palliative Care for people with Advancing Heart Failure.

You can find out who's speaking, and also take a sneak peek at the sessions we have planned.

Still not booked on? There's still time!

Read the full programme and BOOK HERE https://bit.ly/4bmNEdj

📅 19 June, 2024
🎓 1 day conference 10 am - 4pm
📍 St Christopher's CARE, Sydenham OR 💻 Online
⭐ £160 in person or £145 online (+VAT)

Improving Palliative Care for People with Advancing Heart Failure Join us in-person or virtually for a one day conference ‘Improving Palliative Care for People with Advancing Heart Failure: Opportunities for integration and collaboration’ on 19 June 2024. Nearly a million people in the UK have heart failure. But how many people with heart failure receive the e...

Nurses as Trailblazers and Pathfinders: Let’s Make Things Happen 03/05/2024

🌍 Nurses as trailblazers and pathfinders 🌍

Join us for a half-day virtual conference hosted by The Global Palliative Nursing Network where we hear directly from leaders who have often achieved great success when the odds have been stacked against them.

We will draw on experiences across the world including, Sudan, Cameroon, India and Lebanon.

Why should you attend? Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a nursing student, we believe this event offers a unique learning experience and place to connect and grow. We would like to meet you and introduce you to others!

⭐BOOK HERE⭐ https://bit.ly/3y6bFXF

📅 9 July - 10:45am - 3pm UTC (11:45 to 4pm BST)
⭐ £20+VAT admin fee
✔️ FREE to LMIC nurses
💻 Online event

Nurses as Trailblazers and Pathfinders: Let’s Make Things Happen Join us for this half-day virtual conference as we showcase the work of nurses working as trailblazers and pioneering pathfinders. This event, hosted by The Global Palliative Nursing Network, offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from leaders whose achievements are significant, often agains...

02/05/2024

Earlier this year we shared a blog by Marie Cooper titled 'Do you feel safe in our Care' which stemmed from her own experience of being an inpatient 💭 'I wish somebody had given thought or even asked me how safe I felt whilst in hospital'

This article was read by Peter Ellis, who was the Chief Executive (now retired) of Richard House children's hospice, at it resonated with him.

'As an inpatient 6 years ago, I still remember there were times when I felt vulnerable and unsafe in my experience of care, which is something Marie expressed as a feature of her care. I use Marie’s own reflections as a reference in this article'

Read Peter's thoughts around:

1️⃣ Creating a sense of safety in our nursing
2️⃣ The need for connection
3️⃣ Reducing stress and anxiety
4️⃣ Building rapport

Find Peter's article here https://bit.ly/3Up3ZYm

St Christopher's Young Changemakers 01/05/2024

The application deadline for our Young Change Makers Programme is fast approaching! 💨

It's a fantastic opportunity and it's FREE for 16-18 year olds who are not only interested in health, social and palliative care - but creating social change in their community 👐

Great experience to place on your CV! ✔️

Please spread the word and find out more here stchristophers.org.uk/course/st-christophers-summer-school/

📅 Starts 8 July until 12 July
🤑 FREE Summer School
🥐 FREE Breakfast
🥪 FREE Lunch
🚂 Travel expenses covered!
📍 St Christopher's CARE, Sydenham, London

St Christopher's Young Changemakers Are you interested in learning more about health, social and palliative care, and creating social change in your community? Young Changemakers is a summer school and leadership development programme for 16-18-year olds who are interested in helping in their community to support others and create cha...

30/04/2024

“She was my best friend of 22 years. We knew she had heart failure, but no one even told us there was a possibility she might die so soon or that she had any palliative needs" 💔

Isobel who works at St Christopher's as an Advanced Practitioner in Heart Failure - has shared her very personal experience of losing her best friend to the condition.

She also talks about how the pioneering approach St Christopher's is taking with palliative care in heart failure patients is improving their quality of life and reducing hospital admissions.

You can read Isobel's story here 📜 https://bit.ly/3Qjt59A
Feeling inspired? Join us for our upcoming conference - Improving Palliative Care for People with Advancing Heart Failure on 19 June ⭐BOOK HERE ⭐ https://bit.ly/3UAphn6

26/04/2024

What will you learn at our Creative Arts and Improving Care workshop?

Topics include:

🎵 What is music and art therapy?
👐 Creating a safe space for self-expression
🤔 An opportunity to ask questions of an experienced therapist

⭐BOOK HERE ⭐ https://bit.ly/3xMOAcv

The workshop also offers you the opportunity to learn more about the different creative arts therapies offered at St Christopher’s.

📅 14 May
📍 St Christopher's CARE Sydenham
⭐ £60+ VAT (Free to HELP Care Home Partners)

Promoting Psychological Wellbeing Workshop 25/04/2024

As palliative care professionals, we seek to support people holistically, considering psychological as well as physical needs.

Come along to our workshop on 14 May, to learn how you can identify and contribute to the psychological wellbeing of those in your care. During the workshop you'll be encouraged to explore what defines psychological wellbeing and how a palliative care diagnosis can impact this.

⭐BOOK HERE ⭐ https://bit.ly/3UrMnvZ

📅 14 May, 11am - 1pm
📍 St Christopher's CARE
⭐ £60+VAT (Free to HELP Care Home Partners)

Promoting Psychological Wellbeing Workshop Palliative care seeks to support people holistically, considering psychological as well as physical needs. During this workshop you will be encouraged to explore what defines psychological wellbeing and how a palliative care diagnosis can impact this.

24/04/2024

Dive into the latest issue of Connect magazine and discover the story of Tracey, the unsung hero behind the scenes at St Christopher’s CARE.

Tracey finds solace and purpose within the hospice despite initial hesitation and preconceptions.

Read about Tracey's journey and the community she helps foster at St Christopher’s CARE in the latest issue of Connect - https://bit.ly/4b0aB5M

P.S. Don't forget to follow us for more thought-provoking and heart-warming stories!

Photos from St Christopher's CARE's post 23/04/2024

There are a few final places left for our Collaborating Communities Conference 🤩

Why should you come along?

1️⃣ It promises to be an interactive day where you’ll hear from people making change or helping you consider how you might
2️⃣ An opportunity to take part in discussions and form plans
3️⃣ Workshops that develop your skills and how you transfers these to new settings
4️⃣ A chance to be part of an experiential Be Happy Be Sad party

⭐ Book here bit.ly/collaborating_with_communities_24
📅 2 May 10am - 4.30pm
📍 St Christopher's CARE, Sydenham

22/04/2024

Would you like to improve your palliative care knowledge when supporting people with Advanced Dementia?

We have some final places available for our online study day this Thursday, 25 April.

⭐ BOOK HERE ⭐ https://bit.ly/4d9IW4A

This interactive virtual teaching session is a unique opportunity to learn from five highly experienced professionals including Dr. Monica Crugel, Dr Jemima Collins from University of Nottingham and Graham Stokes from HC-One.

📅 Date: Thursday 25th April
⏰ Time: 9:30am – 4:15pm
📍 Location: Online via Zoom
⭐ Price: £87 + VAT (25% funded by the Bartholomew Charitable Trust)

20/04/2024

Are you a healthcare professional based in SE London?

On 24 April, we're bringing together experts in palliative care and learning disabilities to share knowledge and improve end-of-life care for people with learning disabilities for FREE!

It will provide an opportunity to hear from an expert by experience, to hear about and discuss the latest research, and to reflect on individual stories.

We, alongside the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice team, will also share our learning and plans to date.

Find out more and book now - https://bit.ly/3Q0kfgN

19/04/2024

Physician Associates: Take your first step in Palliative Care!

Calling all Physician Associates with a passion for compassionate care!

We're excited to offer the UK's first-ever Physician Associate Introduction to Palliative Care - Community of Practice.

This program is designed specifically for PAs who want to:
- Gain a solid foundation in palliative care principles
- Develop essential communication and symptom management skills
- Network and learn from experienced colleagues

Spaces are limited! Register now: https://bit.ly/3Jzgk7j

17/04/2024

Do you know or work with 16-18 year olds?

Young people attending St Christopher's Young Changemakers programme will:

- Build communication, teamwork and leadership skills for future careers.
- Grow knowledge of community approaches to health, social care, and change-making.
- Meet other young people from across SE London, developing a community of peers interested in social change.
- Learn from professionals in palliative, health and social care, as well as community leaders making change in their communities.

Find out more and apply here: https://bit.ly/3PXxdfb

16/04/2024

Supporting those with advanced dementia: Study days available!

We want to equip you with the knowledge and skills to better support people living with advanced dementia.

This first session will focus on 'Common Symptoms in People Living with Advanced Dementia'

Date: Thursday, 25 April 2024
Time: 9:30am - 4:15pm

Limited spaces available!

Register now: https://bit.ly/3QlzuRV

13/04/2024

Are you passionate about teaching in health and social care?

We're running our four-day Teach With CARE course, which introduces the best practice techniques for teaching. You will:

📝Learn the theories of teaching and learning
📝Consider the needs of adult learners and how to create engagement
📝Consider implications for practice when teaching face-to-face or virtually
📝Enhance and develop teaching practice

Sign up today: https://bit.ly/4ayfmn8

12/04/2024

For all registered nurses, nursing associates and allied health professionals, we're running our Principles and Practice of Palliative and End-of-Life Care course.

We'll be providing essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life, in the community, acute hospitals, primary care, hospices, prisons and care homes.

Follow the link to find out more: https://bit.ly/3Qdytv9

11/04/2024

To help identify how to contribute to the psychological wellbeing of those in your care, we're running our Promoting Psychological Wellbeing workshop in May.

This will be an experiential session, focusing on the concept of wellbeing, both for ourselves as healthcare professionals, as well as for those in our care.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/4cH1jgT

10/04/2024

How can the creative arts improve the care we give to people with a life-limiting diagnosis and at the end of life?

We're running our Creative Arts and Improving Care workshop in May to help answer this question. If you are a Nurse, Nursing Associate, Healthcare Assistant, Care Home Manager, Therapist and other Allied Health Professional, click the link below to find out more and sign up today.

https://bit.ly/3VN772h

09/04/2024

Don't miss out!

Our Early Bird price for tickets to our Improving Palliative Care for People with Advancing Heart Failure conference ends on Sunday 14 April. Sign up to gain new and innovative insight into care around the diagnosis of advancing heart failure, and for opportunities to increase your role and contribution to heart failure services.

Book your place now: https://bit.ly/4aMtLME

06/04/2024

Are you 16-18 or do you know someone who is? We're running our Young Changemakers course in July. Here young people can develop their self-care, communication skills, and knowledge of social and palliative care, community leadership, and the crucial of young people in the future of health and social care.

Check out the details on our website: https://bit.ly/3xlzoD8

04/04/2024

On 24 April we will be running our 'Closing the Gap for People with a Learning Disability' workshop, which will bring together professionals with both palliative care and learning disabilities expertise to learn from each other and collaborate towards improving palliative and end-of-life care.

Sign up today here: https://bit.ly/3PKwqhR

03/04/2024

Our Improving Palliative Care for People with Advancing Heart Failure conference demonstrates the need to listen to the voices and wishes of those with advancing heart failure.

Isobel Jackson, a palliative heart failure advanced practitioner and speaker at our conference, shares her experience of how advancing heart failure has affected those close to her, and why it is so important to advocate for those affected: https://bit.ly/3PKZfuk

Sign up to our conference here: https://bit.ly/3VImSaP

02/04/2024

Our next conference, 'Collaborating with Communities: Transforming End of Life Experiences Together', aims to develop your key skills while also showcasing the positive impact that working with local community members has for palliative care.

In her latest article, our Head of Community Action, Mary Hodgson, explains why she is so passionate about community engagement. Read the article here: https://bit.ly/3TDFG8B

To sign up to the course, go to our website: https://bit.ly/3J21dCT

CMM eBook April 2024 30/03/2024

Heather Richardson, Director of Academic Learning and Action at St Christopher's, asks if Advance Care Planning fit for purpose in April's edition of Care Management Matters.

Read the article here: https://bit.ly/3xeNOon

CMM eBook April 2024 To request a media pack or for information on advertising within CMM, please contact:Aaron Barber • 01223 206955 • [email protected]

28/03/2024

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Our Story

Welcome to the St Christopher's Learning Hub page. As well as our well-established programme of high quality, cutting-edge, specialist palliative care education, designed for those working in the UK and abroad, we have a developing programme of courses and training for our local generalist partners; those who often provide the bulk of the hands-on care to people approaching the end of life.

We are facing a time of unprecedented change in the NHS with significant economic constraints and an ageing population who increasingly require ongoing health and social care. St Christopher’s has therefore been challenged to make significant changes to its approach to delivery of education and training. For the foreseeable future it will be essential to ensure the training and development needs are met both of specialist practitioners and of the wider and increasingly integrated health and social care workforce.

In 2015, in partnership with clinicians from all disciplines and departments across the organization, we plan to deliver, not only a programme of traditional study days and conferences but to utilise underpinning evidence-based theory and principles of person-centred care to develop further innovative learning experiences for all. The QELCA programme, for example, has demonstrated that specialist palliative care practitioners can significantly impact care delivery across a range of settings by making use of their skills as role models and facilitators of learning to change attitudes towards the care of the dying. These are challenging yet exciting times and we are endeavouring to respond creatively.

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