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At St Catherine’s Hospice, we’re leaders in helping people when life comes full circle and educating professionals in our field.

You can trust us to deliver pioneering standards of care at our hospice buildings and in people’s own homes, but we know there’s always more we can do.

Education, Training and Development

We help our staff stay up to date by providing education and supporting personal development to make sure we’re continuing to provide people with the highest quality care, and we educate other professionals, as we know providing everyone in our local community with excellent end of life care isn’t something we can do alone. Our courses are available here.

National Recognition

We’re already recognised for our outstanding work, including being acknowledged as one of the top three teams in the country at the national Infection Prevention Society Awards (IPS) for the innovative work we’ve done around preventing infection at our hospice.


We’re also proud to take part in research, working with patients, carers, external partners and staff on a number of exciting studies. These studies will help us and many other end of life professionals to better understand the needs of people we care for, provide an evidence base for treatments, find innovative ways of helping people at the end of their lives, and inform The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance.

Sharing Our Expertise

We promote our work with other end of life professionals by sharing practice and making presentations at prestigious UK and international palliative care conferences.

You can see examples of our recent presentations and research below.

Palliative Care Congress, Glasgow 2016

Growing a research team within a hospice setting

Hospice UK Conference, Liverpool 2015

Listening to the voice of the user

Nutrition and hydration in a hospice

Sustaining Compassion Awareness Education – Using an action plan to embed learning

Research in hospices – From naive to knowledgeable

14th World Congress European Association of Palliative Care, Copenhagen 2015

Compassion Awareness Education – A collaborative venture

Dementia friendly palliative care: are we confident?

Building bridges to learning in hospices – it’s not all about classrooms

Neurological palliative care: a one stop shop approach

Constructing professional development in hospice rookies. How do we measure growth?

NETNEP 5th International Nurse Education Conference, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands 2014

Fostering hospice staff engagement in learning using a facilitative approach

10th Palliative Care Congress, Harrogate 2014

Can electronic evaluation of education demonstrate benefit to practice?

Implementation of a small, portable, opiate conversion guide for staff in an independent hospice

Help the Hospices Conference, Bournemouth 2013

Hospice respite: moving forwards not backwards

Volunteers working with patients

Significant Event Analysis in a hospice setting

Developing Audit

Re-designing how patient medicines information is presented on discharge

Morphine and other opioid painkillers for moderate to severe pain

Piloting the design and delivery of a five-day course on end of life care for people with dementia

Developing an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in hospice care a workforce transformation project

9th NAPCE Conference ‘Palliative Care Education: From Vision to Reality’ 2013

Electronic evaluation of palliative care education

13th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Prague 2013

Introducing an evaluation framework to measure the impact of education on end of life care