Student Information

Our aim is to support you throughout your student placement, and we hope this information will act as an introduction to our services.

The hospice currently has twenty in-patient beds, and places for day care patients several times a week. Patients are admitted for symptom control, for respite care, palliative rehabilitation, psychosocial support or for terminal care. The patients are adults who have a terminal disease, and they may be referred from hospital or from the community by their doctors, Community Nurse Specialists, GPs, or district nurses.

Palliative care provides a unique opportunity to provide truly holistic care, the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of each patient and their relatives being afforded equal importance.

Ward Staff:

Dr Emily Sills Medical Director
Kelly Beckta Deputy Director of Nursing
Helen Bryant Ward Manager
Emma Kallmeier  Ward Sister
Sara Webster Ward Sister
Lucy Joa Ward Sister
Rachel Smelt Ward Sister (nights)

Location: Click here for a map on how to find us

Learning opportunities

  1. Pain and symptom control in palliative care. Use of drugs and syringe drivers.
  2. Communication with dying patients and their relatives. Care of bereaved families.
  3. Some insight into counselling and use of counselling skills.  Access to the family counsellor.
  4. Multidisciplinary team working including meetings, visits to the Community Nurse Specialists, OTs and physiotherapists.
  5. Holistic care, the total care of the dying patient. Physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual care.
  6. Essential nursing care, including various clinical skills.
  7. Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patients’ care.
  8. Discharge planning.
  9. Day care.
  10. Teaching and education including one-to-one mentorship and teaching sessions.
  11. Complementary therapies, their place within palliative care.
  12. Attending any relevant in-house training and development sessions.

Clinical Experience

You will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of experiences at the hospice. Wherever possible, we will allow you to observe investigations, scans and procedures taking place.
Your mentor will ensure that you are confident in carrying out procedures that you meet on a day-to-day basis.

Suggested learning sites can be found at:

Practice Development Team

Clare Lawrance and Helen Pybus, the Practice Development Team, run the hospice’s Education Programme in Palliative and End of Life Care. Read more here.

Duty Times

You will be supernumerary to staff numbers.

Early 07:30am – 15:30pm

Late 13.00pm – 21.00pm

Night 20.30pm – 08.00am

Requests: Please let a member of staff know as soon as possible if you wish to request a specific shift, day off or study day. We will do our best to accommodate your request.


We allocate a mentor to you before your placement commences. Your duties will shadow theirs as much as possible, but if you do have some requests that differ, we will make sure that another staff member supports you for these shifts. You may, of course, change your mentor if you wish.

Your assessor and mentor will be qualified in teaching and assessing (ENB 998 or Mentorship Preparation course) and will liase with you about the timings of reports and the aims and objectives of your placement.

Facilities available for staff and students:

Transport: Free parking is available outside the hospice. If you are arriving by train, there is a bus route (bus 91) taking you straight from Woking train station to our hospice in Goldsworth Park.

Food and Drinks: There is a staff room with kitchen facilities available for staff use. We also have a public cafe where warm meals, sandwiches and snacks can be purchased.

Learning Resources: These are available in the Library.

We hope that your time at the hospice will be as pleasant and educational as possible. Every effort will be made to make your placement problem free, but if you do encounter any problems, do not hesitate to speak to your mentor, or to the Ward Manager or the Ward Sisters.

After your placement, we would value your feedback, and this will be discussed during your assessment.

What the hospice has to offer:

The following facilities are available:

Admission criteria:

Holistic care of patients


Doctors, community clinical nurse specialists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, family counsellor, chaplaincy team, housekeeping staff, and volunteers. Central to all of this are the patients and their families.