How we help Support for professionals Professional training We provide training and education on end of life care to health and social care professionals in our area. This includes short courses, placement-based programmes and bespoke sessions for specific professional groups. We train doctors, nurses, care assistants, nursing home staff, social workers, therapists, both pre- and post-qualification. Some of the issues we cover include: training on communication skills, engaging in difficult conversations with patients who have a life-limiting illness; managing symptoms and medication at the end of life; practical experience of supporting patients and their families at the end of lives; advanced care planning for people with dementia. Regular courses that are available at Trinity include Sage & Thyme Priorities of Care Drugs at the End of Life Schwartz Center Rounds Goldfish Bowl Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA) Dates for the diary – Short courses Sage and Thyme - Communications skills training that helps all grades of staff & volunteers listen and respond to people in distress in a way that provides psychological support and helps them consider their own solutions Dates 2016: 12th Sep, 10th Oct, 8th Nov* 2017: 9th Jan, 13th Feb, 14th Mar*, 8th May, 10th Jul* Priorities of Care – A foundation guide for the holistic care of patients as they approach the end of life including verification of death and bereavement support Dates 2016: 10th Oct*, 7th Dec 2017: 13th Feb*, 17th May, 10th Jul Drugs at the end of life – A workshop exploring the safe administration and use of medications & syringe pumps to control symptoms in the last few days of life Dates 2016: 21st Sep, 16th Nov 2017: 9th Jan*, 14th Mar, 14th Jun* Information about short courses Cost: £50 per workshop or £75 if you book 2 sessions for the same day (FREE for Trinity staff & volunteers and to those working in Wandsworth) Timings: 1.30pm-4.30pm or *9.30am-12.30pm Location: Old Chapel Room, Royal Trinity Hospice In-depth programme Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA) – A national innovative programme to empower teams to make a difference to the experience of dying patients and those close to them. It entails 5 days learning at Trinity from specialist palliative care clinicians with time to discuss & reflect, followed by six months “action learning”. The programme is bespoke & normally costs £800 per person with some reduction for large groups. Please email us for further information.