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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:




Care of the Dying for Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants - Free Course!

This is a one day course 09.30- 4.30 pm for Registered Nurses, Health Care assistants and Assistant Health practitioners involved in caring for patients in their last days of life.

The Study day is aimed at enhancing end of life care skills in line with ‘One chance to get it right’ 5 priorities for care.

Follow the links for course content and booking information:

Care of the Dying Person Education Days April to June 17

Education Forum Lunch and Learn

Dates for your diaries: 5th July, 6th September and 4th October. Running 12.30 to 1.30pm.

Please download the poster to find out more:

Lunch and Learn July to October 2017 Lunch and Learn July to October 2017 (209 KB)

Palliative Care Emergencies

On Wednesday 27th September from 1 to 3.30pm Dr Jennifer Waddell, St Mary's Senior Speciality Doctor will present this 2.5 hour session. For more information please download the poster.

Palliative Care Emergencies Palliative Care Emergencies (218 KB)

Syringe Pump Training

A 2.5 hour session for clinical staff to develop and refresh their knowledge and confidence in the use of syringe pumps. Get in touch to book now! Course available on Thursday 20th July, 23rd November 2017 1pm - 4pm @ £25 per person

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Verification of Expected Death Training

A 2.5 hour course aimed at registered nurses who are required within their role to verify the expected death of adult patients.

This is available on Thursday 6th July  1-4.30pm, 7th September 9-12.30pm and 19th October 2017 1-4pm @ £25 per person.

Verification of Expected Death Training Poster Verification of Expected Death Training Poster (226 KB)


 Management of Controlled Drugs


A 2.5 hour course aimed to update practitioners on current practice guidelines, including legal & professional requirements.

This is available on Wednesday 20th September 2017, 1.00pm - 3.30pm @ £25 per person.



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Care of the Dying Patient Assessment

To facilitate the introduction across South Cumbria of the new Care of the Dying Patient Assessment document we are providing 1hr training sessions which can be delivered at your place of work.

Understanding how to complete the new Care of the Dying Patient Assessment and Guidance for Care document .

Click here for more information

These sessions are for GPs, CHOC, Community Nurses, HCAs, Nursing and Residential Care home staff

To arrange Dates and times or to discuss further please contact Trisha Atkinson - End of Life Care Facilitator, St Marys Hospice

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