Education and training

Our palliative and end of life care education and training promotes high-quality care for patients and their carers. Sessions take place both internally, for staff working at the hospice, and externally for health and social care professionals working both locally and nationally.

We run training sessions on a variety of subjects, and provide high-quality clinical training placements for students from different disciplines, including medicine, allied health professions and nursing.

Programme 2018-19

Recent or upcoming sessions at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Church Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, GL53 0QJ, are listed in the table below.

Subject area Course information  Dates  Time Fee
A Patient Centred Approach in Palliative and End of Life Care Learn what palliative and end of life care is, and what it means to the person receiving it. 3rd October 2018

23rd January 2019
9.30am - 4.30pm £50
Shared Care Record for the Expected Last Days of Life A step by step approach to completing the Gloucestershire Shared Care Record Document. 21st November 2018 2.00pm-4.00pm £25
Introduction to Loss and Grief Introductory level course for general awareness of what is involved with those facing loss and grief. 18th October 2018 9.30am - 12.30pm £30 (£50 if booked along with Supporting Bereaved Adults)
Supporting Bereaved Adults Increase knowledge and understanding of adult grief. 18th October 2018 1.00pm - 4.00pm £30 (£50 if booked along with Introduction to Loss and Grief)
Communicating around Advance Care Planning (ACP)
Explore principles of the ACP and the use of the Gloucestershire Document ‘Planning for your Future’. 21st March 2019 9.30am - 4.30pm £50
Symptom Control Introduction to key principles of symptom control and symptom management in end of life care. 13th September 2018

7th March 2019
9.30am - 4.30pm £50
T34 Syringe Pump Training Training in line with policy of each NHS Trust in Gloucestershire. 27th September 2018

17th January 2019
1.00pm - 3.00pm £25
Train the Trainers Improve knowledge, understanding and confidence in training delivery. Day 3 - 5th December 2018 9.30am - 4.30pm £210 - please book this three-day course through Longfield
Spiritual Care and Support Support in the delivery of spiritual care and support to people at the end of life. 8th November 2018 1.00pm - 4.00pm £30
End of Life Care and Dementia An overview of how dementia affects people at the end of life and how to care for them. 24th October 2018 1.00pm - 4.00pm £30

Book your place now

For more information or to book a place on one of these training days/sessions, contact Andrea Sharam:


Palliative Care Concepts and Practice

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is now also providing module and study days for the University of West London-accredited Module Palliative Care Concepts and Practice.

Study days 

The study days are open to registered nurses, Allied Health Professionals and other healthcare professionals.

Time for all study days: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: £600 full module (introductory day plus five study days), £400 for five study days (day 1 is only for those wishing to do the whole module), £95 for stand-alone study days, £90 for resits.

Dates: TBC

Apply: Request an application form from Dr Caroline Belchamber,

Deadline for study day applications and payment: One week prior to each session.

About the Palliative Care Concepts and Practice module

Palliative and End of Life Care Forum

Our forum takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. It is open to anyone with an interest in palliative and end of life care. Places are free but booking is required to give an idea of numbers.

Please note: Forums will not run with 6 or less participants.

Date Topic Speaker
21st August 2018 The Use of Complementary Therapy - Hand Reflexology Ginny Ravenscroft, Complementary Therapist
18th September 2018 Dementia in End of Life Care Andrea Newing, Advance Nurse Practitioner
16th October 2018 NHS Organ Donation Leanne Fare, Specialist Nurse Organ Donation
20th November 2018 Supporting Children whose Parents are Dying Jean Quinnell, Family Support
18th December 2018 Psychological Support in End of Life Care Dr Rachael Edge, Clinical Psychologist
Book your free place at a forum now

Staff development

Our staff are expected to learn and develop their skills and knowledge in order to perform to their full potential. To achieve this, we actively promote a learning and development culture.

We provide an in-depth induction programme for the first six months of employment, and design and deliver both formal and workplace ongoing staff training and education to support end of life care of the highest quality.


We work closely with local education and healthcare providers to co-ordinate hospice placements for student nurses and other professionals to help them improve their skills, gain specialist knowledge and experience.

Working together / Partnerships

We work in partnership with universities, national organisations, community groups and care providers to deliver training and education across Bedfordshire. We welcome shared and partnership approaches to training, and can offer bespoke training sessions on request.

GP practice education sessions

Palliative care education sessions are available to GP practices across Gloucestershire, and are delivered by our consultant in palliative care. Sessions are based around individual practice’s needs, which may include case scenarios, current case discussions, advance care planning, and pain and symptom control.

For more information or to book a bespoke training session:

Get in touch with Kath Keogh, Practice Educator