St Ann’s Hospice has launched a brand new training and education programme

St Ann’s Hospice has launched a brand new training and education programme, featuring a range of courses that will enable health and social care professionals – and the wider business community across Greater Manchester – to benefit from its extensive experience of delivering the highest standards of palliative and end of life care. 

Highlights in the coming months include ‘Basic skills for teaching and training’, and a workshop which gives an insight into ‘Inequalities in palliative care’, particularly for professionals supporting members of the homeless, LGBTQ+ communities and people with learning disabilities who have traditionally faced  barriers when accessing end of life care. 

There will also be courses on how to support patients with symptoms of breathlessness and fatigue, and a raft of bitesize courses both online and in person which cover a range of topics in the field of palliative care.  The bitesize sessions can be booked for just £15, or can be purchased in a pick and mix bundle for use by an individual or across an organisation at £100 for 10.  Topics include how to recognise when someone is dying, symptom control, communication skills, frailty, and dementia and end of life care, and lots of other topics to empower and educate staff supporting people with palliative and end of life care needs. 

Jude Holt, Head of Practice Development at St Ann’s Hospice, said: “As an organisation with more than half a century of experience in palliative and end of life care, and also in delivering innovative projects across non-clinical departments as well, we’re passionate about sharing our knowledge with others. 

“This schedule of training and education courses is something we’re really excited about, and it has been designed to reflect some of the key topics in palliative and end of life care currently.  We’re hoping professionals from the local area and beyond will want to join us either in person or online to help refresh and expand their skills and knowledge. 

“We have people from a wide variety of backgrounds who join us for the training, whether that’s from hospital, hospice or other healthcare settings, or from care homes and other social care providers.  We’re always happy to support people with their training needs, so would always encourage people to get in touch if they do have specific requirements too.” 

St Ann’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices in the UK and provides care from its two sites in Little Hulton and Heald Green as well as via a range of community and outreach service.  The organisation celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and with its current Heald Green building dating more than 150 years old, is currently embarking on an ambitious project to build a new hospice in Heald Green on land adjacent to its current site to meet the future care needs of local people. 

For further details about the training courses being run by St Ann’s Hospice, or to book a place, please visit www.sah.org.uk/training or contact Abby Evans on education&training@sah.org.uk or 0161 498 3616.