Tue 23 Apr, 2019


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Introduction to Palliative Care and Spiritual Care

Health and social care practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of palliative and end-of-life care will find this course invaluable, particularly in considering how the essential practice of offering spiritual care can be integrated into everyday practice.

Seven places available at £50 each - when booking quote SPIRITPALL when asked for coupon code

Location: Churchill Hospital

Educational Credits:


Churchill Hospital
Sobell House Study Centre

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Kate Butcher
Education Lead

Kate Butcher is the Education Lead at OxCERPC. She has a background in District Nursing and Practice Development, and has an MSc in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care. She has participated in a psycho-spiritual care symposium and collaborated on a follow-up book. She continues to also work clinically within Sobell House Hospice

Graham Sykes

Graham Sykes is a Hospice Chaplain at Sobell House. He has been bereaved by suicide, suffered deep and chronic depression, survived breast cancer and lived through a time of prolonged stress and anxiety caused by his work.. In his last parochial post he conducted 700 funerals in 12 years – and he still smiles. Within the Church he teaches on handling antagonistic people amongst many other topics. He spent a short time in Africa and values what we can learn from other cultures about handling difficult events in our lives.

Course Programme

09.00 Registration opens: tea and coffee available

09.30 Welcome and introductions

10.00 What is palliative care and is it different to end of life care?

10.30 How do we recognise that death may be imminent?

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Let’s talk about it - communication is vital

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Dare to go there….how can we offer spiritual care to someone at the end of life? the impact of dying on the person and their family

15.00 Tea

15.15 Looking after ourselves

16.00 Evaluations and close

16.30 End of day

Course Aims

Having introduced the concepts of palliative and end of life care, the course explores the essential practice of offering spiritual care to the patients and clients that we meet every day. (Priorities for Care of the Dying Person, 2014)

During the day participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topics in a safe and facilitated environment, looking at some of the latest guidance for practitioners and, by working interactively, practise skills which will enhance their practice.

This day will help participants to :

  • Understand the concepts of palliative/end of life care and spiritual care and be aware of current guidance for practitioners
  • Identify how to deliver good care in their own work environments
  • Learn from each other and practice techniques in a safe environment
  • Develop confidence in working with people approaching the end of their life
  • Appreciate the need for self-care and how this might happen
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