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30 years of Education at Sobell House

Since 1988 when Sobell Study Centre was opened by the Duchess of Kent, it has gone through many changes to become the Oxford Centre for Education and Research in Palliative Care (OxCERPC). What hasn’t changed is the principle of delivering high quality education to staff to enable the delivery of high quality care.

Founded by Dr Robert Twycross, OxCERPC now delivers educational events to audiences locally, nationally and internationally, and is one of the leading education centres of palliative and end-of-life education. We know that excellent end-of-life care cannot be delivered unless all staff, in whatever setting, are trained well, and so we provide courses suitable for health and social care practitioners from all professions and levels, as well as being involved in the education of local medical students.

In September 2018 we celebrated our 30th anniversary with a series of talks from the education team past and present, followed by a tea party for the audience. This marks the starting point for a year of development – of new events, collaborations with new facilitators, a widening reach of our education and an increased online presence.

We are also planning a more varied offering to include podcasts and online resources to support our sessions and are developing a publishing programme of e-versions of seminal Sobell publications. In addition, we are recording interviews with key figures in Sobell’s  quest for continuing  educational excellence – past, present and future.

We hope that you will join us for some of what we offer; we always value new ideas and meeting new people.

As part of our celebration of 30 years of education at Sobell House Hospice, we are recording a number of interviews with people who have played a key role in its development. The first is with Dr Averil Stedeford who was one of the first doctors to work at Sobell and its first psychiatrist.  You can listen to it here.

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