St Catherine's Hospice placements - doctors discuss a patient chart

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 informal placements of varying lengths for qualified clinicians and allied health professionals.

Our placements generally focus on the principles of palliative care, prescribing and other methods of symptom management, and understanding how the hospice can support patient and carers in conjunction with the doctor’s speciality. These placements are particularly relevant to General Practice, Care of the elderly and other medical specialities, however we can adapt placements to support individual learning needs and all applications will be considered.

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.

We are currently holding a waiting list for our next course, which will not be until at least 2018.  To join the waiting list, please complete the application form in our volunteering section.

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

Theological Students and Ordinands Placements

We offer two short placements a year for ordinands and theological students of any denomination, training for ministry in the church. Placements are normally up to 40 hours long and can be done as one or two blocks, or spread over several weeks. We can be flexible with timings and will try to meet your requirements.

For more information on applying please contact our Spiritual Care Lead, Lisa Rainier, at lisarainier@stch.org.uk or on 01293 447332.

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