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From: Wed 13 Feb, 2019
To:Thu 02 Apr, 2020


Foundation Level Communication Skills Training: SAGE & THYME

Date: 02 April 2020

This foundation level workshop provides skills for staff at all levels, working in both clinical and non-clinical positions, to enhance care for those in distress or with emotional concerns. It is offered to those working within Oxfordshire health and social care settings.

The aim of the SAGE & THYME workshop is to enhance skills in listening and responding so that people feel empowered. It does not teach how to ‘fix’ situations; instead it helps people to work with their own ideas

The workshop teaches the communication skills needed to notice distress, listen carefully and respond helpfully, using a structured approach (SAGE & THYME).

The skills taught can be used by everyone (staff, students, volunteers and others – at any level and in any area and organisation (including at home)) when speaking to patients, carers, relatives, colleagues, friends, family, children and indeed anyone who has emotional concerns.

Oxford University Hospital Trust employees can now apply for fully funded places.

Further information can be found

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Date Time Venue
Thursday 2nd April 9.30-12.30pm Sobell House, Churchill Hospital

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Location: Oxfordshire venues

Educational Credits:


Facilitators are trained and monitored by SAGE & THYME development team, University Hospitals Manchester.

Course Programme

The 3 hour workshop incorporates formal presentation with experiential learning, building upon concrete experiences of the participants

Course Aims

The workshop covers:
• Benefits of effective communication
• Evidence behind effective communication skills
• Listening and responding skills
• Using the SAGE & THYME structure in a conversation
• Supporting the person without having to solve their concerns
• When using SAGE & THYME is not appropriate

Other Course Information

This workshop is fully funded thanks to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Health Education England Thames Valley.

It is open to health and social care staff working within the following organisations

  • Oxford Health NHS FT
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT
  • Care Homes within Oxfordshire
  • Sobell House Hospice, Oxford
  • Katharine House Hospice, Adderbury
  • Sue Ryder Hospice, Nettlebed
  • Helen & Douglas House hospice, Oxford
  • Domiciliary organisations within Oxfordshire
  • South Central Ambulance Service within Oxfordshire
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