Patrons: Bill Beaumont & Mark Lawrenson Reg Charity No: 512186


St Catherine’s Hospice works with a number of professional partners such as Preston’s College to deliver specialist educational projects centered around end-of-life care and Advance Care Planning.

The 4 Elements Programme

Our innovative new training programme has been developed with the aim of improving end of life care for those living in nursing and care homes.

It is made up of four elements:

  • Advance care planning
  • Do Not Attempt CPR
  • Long term conditions at the end of life
  • Managing symptoms with a syringe driver

It provides the tools that will empower care homes to be able to provide good quality care at the end of life.

Homes can choose to commission all four elements, or each of them individually or in combination. Those who purchase all four will also benefit from the 4Connect scheme, offering support, education and networking opportunities for staff.

To discuss the programme further please contact the education team at St Catherine’s Hospice: / 01772 629171.

Levels 2 and 3 Qualifications in End of Life Care

Skills Blitz - Oct 2016 (6)St Catherine’s Hospice and Preston’s College have teamed up to deliver Health and Social Care qualifications specialising in End of Life Care.

Following the successful delivery of the Health & Social Care Diploma specialising in End of Life Care, St. Catherine’s Hospice and Preston’s College are now broadening their training opportunity to include:-

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding End of Life Care
    8 half day sessions 1pm to 4pm every two weeks
    (knowledge only)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Principles of End of Life Care
    8 half day sessions 1pm to 4pm every two weeks
    (knowledge only)
  • Level 2 & 3 Diplomas in Health & Social Care
    12 month programme half day sessions 1pm to 4pm every two weeks,
    delivered with a suite of specialist End of Life units (competence based)

The programme has resulted in multiple benefits for service-user, care professional, and employer:

  • A person’s wishes and preferences at end of life are more likely to be met and families feel supported
  • Improved staff competence and confidence in delivering End of Life Care
  • Improved quality in end of life care delivery and continuity of care enabling the client to remain in their usual place of residence

For more information please email  


Memorandum of Understanding with UCLan

St Catherine's Hospice and UCLan MOU groupA pioneering partnership has launched between St Catherine’s Hospice and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The Memorandum of Understanding has been set up to encourage greater collaborative working between St Catherine’s staff, and students, researchers and lecturers at the university – with the aim of raising standards and improving access to quality care for the Central Lancashire community.

Work will be built around themes of developing expertise; encouraging internships and volunteering; working together on research projects; sharing good practice and submitting joint bids for funding for new initiatives.

Although core departments to be involved will be nursing, medical and social work, both organisations are also keen to develop collaborative working in other areas – for example marketing, finance and business development, which will benefit both the hospice charity and UCLan students.

To find out more, please refer to the contact details below.


Community Transform Project

What is the Community Transform Project?

Education - Debbie Bolton (5)‘Community Transform’ is an innovative education project working with all members of the multidisciplinary team within Primary Care in the Central Lancashire Region, incorporating Greater Preston CCG and Chorley & South Ribble CCG’s. The programme  commenced in April 2015, initially based within 2 peer groups and will roll out across the area over a period of 2 years. The educators are based within each peer group/ INT for a period of around 3 months and deliver training through both education sessions and workplace-based support to embed learning in clinical practice.

You will be encouraged to reflect on best use of supportive care registers and other systems within your practice to enhance the experience for patients approaching the end of their lives. We will also measure the impact of this project by asking you to feedback to us by way of impact measurements – this will enable us to improve the service as we move forward. Below is one of the documents we will be asking you to submit throughout the training period.

Audit Community Transform Search Instructions from CSU

Why are we doing this?

End of life care and reducing unnecessary hospital admissions are local and national priorities. Current evidence shows that Advance Care Planning can have a positive impact on patient care. Examples are: less aggressive medical care; better quality of life before death, support during and after death for the bereaved, and decreased rates of hospital admission, especially of care home residents. Those who have completed an Advance Care Plan are more likely to receive care aligned to their wishes. A UK retrospective study of 969 deceased hospice patients found that those who had completed such a plan (57%) spent less time in hospital in their last year of life. It also found that those who died outside of hospital had a lower mean hospital treatment cost than those who died in hospital. It is also recognised that over 65% of people wish to die at home and yet over 50% of people are dying in hospital.

The topics covered are:


St Catherine’s Hospice Education Department: Telephone: 01772 629171 / Fax: 01772 695298

Placement Charges

  • Doctor, Nurse, In-Patient Unit, Day Therapy, Lymphoedema, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Family Support Team, Complementary Therapy

    Duration Cost
    Half Day £80
    Full Day £150
    Week £450
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