Professional Development & Training Courses

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If you are a healthcare professional with an interest in palliative care, you may benefit from training at the St Gemma’s Academic Unit of Palliative Care. We offer a range of palliative care and end of life care training courses aimed at doctors, nurses, social workers and other professionals in Leeds and further afield.

Current palliative care courses and workshops running at the Academic Unit of Palliative Care

  • END OF LIFE CARE TRAINING for Health and Social Care Support Workers, bands 1-4, working in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

Free places are available for health and social care staff, bands 1-4, working across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and who work in any care setting, to attend virtual interactive education sessions around key end of life areas.

You can attend these as standalone sessions or attend all 4 areas. This training is free and has been funded by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Support Staff Workforce Development Funding (SSWDF).

Early booking is advised as places are limited.

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Dates: May to October 2021

The session will be run via Zoom. You may find the following information useful:

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  • European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care

The course is an 8 week home-based learning, multi-professional programme, developed at Princess Alice Hospice in 2001 (www.pah.org.uk) Now being offered at St Gemma’s Hospice.

Contact: Jane Chatterjee Lecturer in Palliative Care AUPCCourses@st-gemma.co.uk

Dates: Spring 2021, Autumn 2021

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Bursaries may be available from Hospice UK  (via the Wolfson) for people to undertake the ECEPC. Funding is being made available to support candidates from Hospices and care homes. To apply for funding, please visit: https://www.hospiceuk.org/what-we-offer/grants/open-grant-programmes/details/wolfson-bursaries—hospice-staff

  • HEE fully-funded European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care

HEE fully-funded places are available for non-NHS medical, nursing staff and allied health care professionals working in care homes, hospices, social care and voluntary sector working within West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 26th January 2021.

Dates: 19th April-16th June 2021

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  • Advanced Communication Skills Training for Senior Clinicians

We have now developed an interactive and innovative approach to deliver this training online via Zoom.

The training is now 1 ½ days – the first ½ day is more about the theory of communication skills and the second full day is the role play with simulated patients.

Course dates and times:

  • Monday 10th May 2021 (9am to 12.30pm) and Tuesday 11th May 2021 (9am to 4.30pm)
  • Monday 21st June 2021 (9am to 12.30pm) and Tuesday 22nd June 2021 (9am to 4.30pm)
  • Wednesday 14th July 2021 (9am to 12.30pm) and Thursday 15th July 2021(9am to 4.30pm)
  • Thursday 30th September 2021 (9am to 12.30pm) and Friday 1st October 2021 (9am to 4.30pm)

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To book your place, download the application form and send by email to: AUPCcourses@st-gemma.co.uk

  • Advance Care Planning and Communication Skills: one day online course

Free places available for health and social care staff on Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Communication Skills. If you have conversations with patients, or their family or carers, about their future care then this session will provide you with the skills and knowledge around ACP.

Dates: TBC

If you have access to a PC/laptop with microphone and camera and wish to book a place, please complete the booking form and email to AUPCcourses@st-gemma.co.uk

  • Infection Prevention and Control for Care Homes – Free care home and supported living COVID-19 training

This free virtual session is designed to help you keep you and your care home safe. The Infection Prevention and Control Team are hosting updated virtual training aimed at all staff who work in care homes and supported living settings (including carers, nurses, housekeeper and managers). Training will include testing/swabbing, visiting care homes, donning and doffing PPE, hand hygiene, Test and Trace, and a question and answer session

Dates: TBC

The session will be run via Zoom. You may find the following information useful:

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  • Palliative Medicine SCE 2-Day Revision Course

This course covers essential areas of the palliative care curriculum and is relevant to both trainees taking the Palliative Medicine Specialty Certificate Exam and clinicians who want to refresh and update their clinical practice, in line with the most current guidelines and evidence base.

Dates: TBC

For more details and to register for this event, visit pallmedpro.com

  • End of Life Care for People with Dementia

People with dementia need increasingly specialised support as they approach the end of life. So do their families and the professionals working with them. Facilitated by Jane Chatterjee, co-author of “End of Life Care for People with Dementia” – A Person-Centred Approach.

Date: TBC

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  • Project ECHO® – Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes

This is an international initiative that aims to share specialist knowledge and build communities of practice.

ECHO Palliative Care Programme for GP practices

This programme is free to GPs. Following an initial face-to-face curriculum development meeting there will be monthly one hour video-conferencing sessions that will allow access to the session from the convenience of the practice.

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To register your interest, contact: janec@st-gemma.co.uk or telephone 0113 218 5282

  • Ethical Issues in Palliative and End of Life Care

Major ethical issues in palliative and end of life care will be explored with reference to key contemporary cases. This day will be facilitated by Dr Janet Holt, Associate Professor in Healthcare Ethics in the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds.

Date: TBC

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  • Symptom Assessment and Management in Palliative Care Study Days

Facilitated by expert clinicians in palliative medicine and care, including consultant in palliative medicine, consultant nurse and members of the multi-disciplinary Hospice team. Relevant for those who take a lead in palliative/end of life care.

Dates: TBC

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For course information, costs and bookings, please contact 0113 218 5195 or email AUPCcourses@st-gemma.co.uk