Education and Training

Woking and Sam Beare Hospices have always put a strong emphasis on continuing professional development and continuing learning for all its staff. The majority of the staff nurses have qualifications in specialist palliative care, and nearly all of the Health Care Assistants have undertaken National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) at level 3.

The hospices offer palliative care experience to medical students and qualified doctors and nurses from overseas such as from the Netherlands. Woking and Sam Beare Hospices are approved as training establishments by both Surrey University and Maastrict University in the Netherlands. Student nurses from the University of Surrey have placements at the hospices to gain experience in this area of care.

The training that is offered by the Hospice Practice Development Team encompasses both the Statutory and Mandatory training for the clinical and non-clinical staff and specialist palliative care education for the clinical staff. The days include clinical updates in intravenous therapy, blood transfusion, medical gases and medicines management, moving and handling, basic life support, anaphylaxis and first aid training, as well as more general updates in health and safety, conflict resolution, equality and diversity, infection control, and safeguarding adults and children. Staff are also supported to use e-learning programmes.

The Practice Development Team are able to support those members of the nursing team who are undergoing degree level study in palliative care topics. The National e-learning programme, E-ELCA (electronic End of Life Care for All), is used, both for the completion of the modules this core learning contains on an individual basis, but also for use in group work,using discussion as a learning tool.

Multi-professional training is also delivered by the hospices, with the Clinical Nurse Specialists taking part in local education delivery in collaboration with other organisations (such as Crossroads) and other hospices. The hospices regularly deliver study sessions to support End of Life Care in the nursing homes within our locality. We are also able to deliver bespoke education sessions on request.

For further information contact:

Helen Pybus, Practice Development Co-ordinator, send an email
Clare Lawrance, Practice Development Co-ordinator, send an email