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 2017-18

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 One-day course introducing health and social care staff and volunteers to a holistic approach to palliative and end of life care 9th February 2017

21st June 2017

4th October 2017

31st January 2018
9.15am - 4.30pm

9.30am - 4.30pm

Supporting Bereaved Adults (intermediate) This half-day intermediate level course is designed to help practitioners further develop their understanding of bereavement and their practice in supporting bereaved people 19th October 2017 1.00pm - 4.00pm £30
Communicating around Advance Care Planning (ACP)
One-day course on the principles of ACP, and the communication skills needed to support ACP discussions 9th March 2017

21st March 2018
9.15am - 4.30pm

9.30am - 4.30pm

Introduction to Loss, Grief and Bereavement This half-day introductory level course is designed to support participants to develop an understanding and awareness of loss, grief and bereavement  7th June 2017 1.00pm - 4.00pm £30
T34 Syringe Pump Training Two-hour session for staff who care for patients with a T34 syringe pump 3rd May 2017

28th September 2017

18th January 2018
1.00pm - 3.00pm £20

Also available in-house to a group of staff for a set fee
Symptom Control One-day course covering assessment and management of key symptoms at the end of life 21st September 2017

8th March 2018
9.30am - 4.30pm £40
Shared Care Record for the Expected Last Days of Life Two-hour session for staff on completing and using this document in practice 29th June 2017

16th November 2017

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Supporting the Use of the Best Interest Planning Tool for people lacking capacity
Three-hour session on the use of this tool in practice 12th October 2017
1.00pm - 4.00pm £30
Train the Trainers Three-day course on developing teaching and facilitating skills, run in conjunction with Longfield Hospice and taught on both sites Day 1 and 2 - 1st and 2nd November 2017: Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court, Cheltenham

Day 3 - 7th December 2017: Longfield Hospice, Minchinhampton
9.30am - 4.30pm £195
Communication skills around palliative and end of life care (intermediate) More details coming soon TBA 9.30am - 4.30pm £40

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: Thursday 1st / 8th / 22nd February 2018 & Thursday 1st / 15th / 22nd March 2018

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 with not run with 6 or less participants.

Date Topic Speaker
18th July 2017 The Role of the Day Hospice in Palliative Care Beccy Day, Day Services Manager
15th August 2017 Motor Neurone Disease in Palliative Care Sally Hayden, Motor Neurone Disease Clinical Co-ordinator
19th September 2017 Dementia in End of Life Care Julie Harwood, Sister Inpatient Leckhampton Court
17th October 2017 Managing Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Palliative Care Dr Paul Perkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine
21st November 2017 Oral Care in Palliative Care Amanda McLaughlin, RIS Healthcare
19th December 2017 Exploring Emotions through Creative Therapies  Ami Mortimer, Creative Therapies Coordinator
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