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 and specialist palliative care education for the clinical staff. The days include updates on a full range of clinical skills, moving and handling, basic life support, health and safety, infection control, information governance and safeguarding adults and children. Staff also complete various workbooks, competencies and take part in simulated training scenarios.

The Practice Development Team are able to support those members of the clinical team undertaking degree level study in palliative care topics. They also encourage staff to complete recommended e-learning programmes such as e-ELCA (electronic End of Life Care for All), as well as attend monthly Journal Clubs, Schwartz Rounds and lunchtime learning sessions.

The hospice actively supports Registered Nurse Revalidation and is working towards being able to deliverer specialist education and training for the wider health care community.

Training for non-clinical staff is managed by the HR Department.

For further information contact:

Clare Lawrance, Practice Development Sister (full time), send an email

Helen Pybus, Practice Development Sister (part time), send an email