Wigan Borough Palliative and End of Life Care Learning Hub

The hub

The Practice Development Team at the Hospice introduced the new Wigan Borough Palliative and End of Life Care Learning Hub at the official launch on October 5th, 2022.

The central learning hub is based at the Woodview Centre at the hospice in Kildare Street, Hindley, and  provides a wide variety of education and training opportunities free of charge to health and social care professionals from Wigan Borough.

The facilities include a dedicated clinical skills room and training spaces where staff can learn about the fundamental components of good palliative and end of life care.

Additional staff were recruited to the Practice Development Team (formerly known as Hospice in your Care Home) so that the palliative and end of life care training and support - previously offered primarily to nursing and residential homes – is available for all health and social care professionals working across the Borough.

Whilst the Practice Development Team leads on many education sessions, other experienced practitioners working in Wigan including GPs, District Nurses and hospital staff, will contribute.

Satellite hubs in Standish and Hindley offer staff alternative venues to access palliative and end of life care education and support.


Debbie Jones, Practice Development Lead for the hub, said: “The hub will provide a visible, central location, for all this important education and training taking place in the Borough to be coordinated under one umbrella, ensuring less repetition and a clearer plan to enable staff from multiple settings to have their learning needs met by skilled, experienced palliative and end of life care educators.”


Drop-in sessions

Are you supporting someone with palliative and end of life care needs?

Would you like to learn more about palliative and end of life care?

The team is holding drop in sessions to discuss any learning needs you may have or answer any questions around palliative and end of life care.


Standish Clinic - Standish Library

13th March 2023

  • Drop-in 12pm to 2pm
  • 12:00—12:45: A presentation on Loss, Grief and Bereavement


Hindley drop-in sessions

In January we began holding monthly drop-in sessions at Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre in Hindley.

The sessions are for professionals and members of the public who care for someone who is at end of life or has been diagnosed as palliative.

You are invited to come along to ask any questions and let our Practice Development Team know what support you need.

Drop-in sessions take place at Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre, Frederick Street, Hindley on the second Friday of every month from 12pm to 2pm.

The sessions begin with 45-minute presentations (see below) followed by a chance to speak with the team.

March 10th: Common Symptoms at End of Life
April 14th: Spirituality at end of life
May 12th: Dementia and Pain
June 9th: Loss, Grief and Bereavement

The Practice Development Team

In 2022 our award-winning team formerly known as Hospice in Your Care Home was renamed as the Practice Development team.

The team secured recurrent funding and has expanded to support more staff across primary, secondary, and tertiary care.



The team run a regular 12-week rolling programme. Below you can see some of the topics we cover:

Week 1:

Day sessions - Definitions of Palliative Care
Evening Sessions - Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment

Week 2:

Day sessions - Promoting Dignity in EOLC
Evening Sessions - Providing Emotional & Psychological Support in EOLC

Week 3:

Day sessions - Communication Skills
Evening Sessions - Managing Catastrophic Haemorrhage

Week 4:

Day sessions - Advance Care Planning
Evening Sessions - Management of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators at the end of life

Examples of additional sessions:

  • HCA Induction Training
  • HCA Syringe Pump Awareness
  • Syringe Pump Training

When is the team available?

The team’s core hours are Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm, although they are extremely flexible if a specific need is identified and will offer training in the daytime and in the evenings and weekends. Bespoke sessions may also be arranged to meet the specific learning needs of individual teams/organisations.


Our Awards

An awards ceremony is held every year when the hard work of staff both clinical and non-clinical is recognised and celebrated.


Contact us

For our 2023 programme list or any enquiries email: pdt@wlh.org.uk or call us 01942 525566.

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