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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 )


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FREE Education Forum Lunch and Learn

Dates for your diaries:



Running 12.30 to 1.30pm.

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Creative Approaches to Memory Making & Keepsakes using online Resources


Presented by Lynsey Lawson Family & Bereavement Support Service Lead


Society is spending an ever-increasing amount of time online. This has led to a range of benefits whilst changing the way in which society prepares for death, mourns and remembers the deceased into posterity. It is important for end of life professionals to have an understanding of the internet and social media within the context of end of life. This practically-focused training workshop aims specifically to educate, improve skill-sets and explore best practice in areas relating to online and digital resources as well as opening the conversation of bereavement in the digital age.
Thursday 4th October 2018
£25 per person. Discount on group bookings*
*Groups of 5 or more will get a discounted rate





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.


29th March - Health Care support staff


14th June - Health Care support staff 


6th Sept - Registered Nurses and 



Thursday 15th November 2018 - Health Care support staff

Thursday 10th January 2019 - Registered Nurses and Practitioners



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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.



Monday 24th September & 1st October 2018
£100 per person





Click below to download our course Prospectus for May onwards 2018


Education Prospectus 2018 Education Prospectus 2018 (528 KB)




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