Hospice to train all district nurses

14 September 2017

A NEW course developed by hospice staff in how to provide excellent end of life care will be delivered to all qualified District Nurses across the Borough.

District Nurses will attend 12 all-day training sessions at the hospice in both Symptom Management and Communication delivered over six months between September 11th and February 16th, 2018.

All District Nurses from the 14 teams in the Borough will attend the sessions which have been developed by Sarah Owens, the Palliative Care Education Lead at the hospice.

Sarah will deliver the training alongside the Hospice Nurse Specialist (HNS) team whose role it is to share their specialist knowledge with their NHS colleagues as well as to provide direct support for patients and those people important to them.

Sarah said: "The hospice has worked with District Nurses to provide training in various aspects of palliative and end of life care for many years but this is the first time that we have delivered such a comprehensive training programme in palliative and end of life care to all of the District Nurses in the Wigan Borough.
"Caring for people who are at the end of their lives is an essential part of what a District Nurse does and this is about enhancing what they already know and do. We want to support the District Nurses in our borough to extend their knowledge, skills and confidence in palliative and end of life care."

The hospice runs training and education programmes for health and social care professionals so that people who are not directly cared for by the hospice can still benefit from the expertise held by teams across the hospice.

This particular programme is funded via Multi Professional Education and Training funds from Health Education England North West.

 

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