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St Catherine’s Hospice placements offer a range of opportunities to enhance learning about death, dying, palliative care, and bereavement.

Clinical Student Placements

Pre-registration nursing students at the Universities of Surrey and Brighton can join us for course-specific clinical placements. These are arranged through the university.

We offer medical placements for undergraduate medical students from Brighton and Sussex Medical School as part of their curriculum. This includes a two day module and/or research placement during the fourth year, and an elective placement in year five. These placements are arranged via the Medical School.

Informal Placements

We offer structured informal visits to the hospice for qualified clinicians and allied health professionals with access to our medical teams, community care or inpatient unit. Visits will be tailored to individual requirements but will normally cover the principles of palliative care, prescribing and other methods of symptom management, and an understanding of how the hospice supports patient and carers.

To apply, please follow this link to our online form.

Counselling Placements

Students taking counselling courses can join us for a placement after taking an initial training course and review. These placements are suitable for people who wish to gain experience in working with people who have a life limiting condition, their families and people who are bereaved.

Supervision will be provided free of charge and is given in groups which meet fortnightly. We will allow you to record sessions if that is a requirement of your course.

For more information please contact our Patient and Family Support Team on 01293 447343.

Theological Students and Ordinands Placements

Students taking counselling courses and who are in their 2nd year with over 45 hours of face to face client work, can join us for a placement after taking an initial training course and review. These placements are suitable for people who wish to gain experience in working with people who have a life limiting condition, their families and people who are bereaved.  Placement students can work onsite at a hospice based office, in people’s homes or within community spaces, such as a GP surgery,

What we offer:

  • Initial compulsory training around grief/loss/bereavement and the hospice
  • Free supervision with a qualified supervisor – two hours every fortnight in small groups of no more than four people
  • You can record sessions if that is a requirement of your course.
  • Regular non-mandatory training throughout the year
  • Robust policies and procedures including Lone Working Policies

We are currently holding a waiting list for our next course, which will be in September 2019.  To join the waiting list, please complete the application form in our volunteering section and the Volunteer Services team will be in touch with you.

If you wish to ask more about our counselling placements please contact our Patient and Family Support Team on 01293 447343.

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