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St Mary’s Hospice is committed to the professional education of our own staff, volunteers and healthcare professionals working in palliative care across other organisations. We are proud of our growing reputation and expertise for our excellent level of care and sharing best practice to ultimately benefit patients, their carers and families.

Jenny Stalker, Day Hospice and Education Manager: “We believe that professional education is at the foundation of everything we do. St Mary’s is committed to developing skills and knowledge to continually work towards providing excellent care for people living with life shortening illness or long term conditions.”

Dr Paul Davies, GP in Ambleside: “St Mary’s palliative care advice is really helpful in and out of hours. It really is invaluable to us.”

As part of activity to continue to develop this expertise, our educational programmes, networking and learning events include:





Advanced Care Planning and Communications Skills Training Day

This is a free one day course held at St Mary's Hospice, Ulverston for health and social care staff thanks to funding from Health Education England. This new and innovative programme will be independently evaluated by Edge Hill University. 

2018 DATES: Thurs 3rd May; Thurs 21st June; Wed 18th July ; Thurs 13th Sept; Wed 3rd Oct; Thurs 8th Nov; Thurs 13th Dec ( all dates 09.30 – 16.30 )
2019 Dates : Thurs 17th January; Thurs 7th February; Thurs 4th April; Thurs 23rd May ( all dates 9.30-16.30)


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ACP 2019 ACP 2019 (4015 KB)

FREE Education Forum Lunch and Learn

Dates for your diaries:



Running 12.30 to 1.30pm.

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Care of the Dying Person in the Last days and hours of life


For Registered Nurses and Health care support working in Acute,Hospice,Care Homes and Community Teams.

Each education day are stand-alone sessions so you need only attend one of the days. The course runs from 9.30-16.30pm on these selected dates.


Thursday 15th November 2018 - Health Care support staff 


Thursday 10th January 2019 - Registered Nurses and Practitioners


Thursday 21st March 2019 - Health care support staff


12th September 2019  - Registered Nurses & Assistant Practitioners


14th November 2019 - Health care support staff


09.30-16.30 hrs



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CDP 2019 CDP 2019 (169 KB)


Two Day Course The HEARTS Process


Creating calm, peace and relaxation in supportive, long-term and palliative care settings

This two day course will develop your skills to help those you care for, and includes Hands-on contact, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation, Textures and Sound. Feedback suggests that these techniques are useful for:
• Reducing tension and stress
• Enhancing relaxation and sleep
• Promoting feelings of wellbeing
Originally designed for situations when massage or aromatherapy were inappropriate, HEARTS can be given through clothes & bed covers so there is no need for patients to remove clothing.


4th & 11th March 2019

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Click below to download our course Prospectus for November 2018 - Decemeber 2019


Education Prospectus 2018 - 2019 Education Prospectus 2018 - 2019 (540 KB)




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