Patrons: Bill Beaumont, Mark Lawrenson & Tisha Merry 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.

Advance Care Planning Training

NWCLCThe North West Coast Learning Collaborative (NWCLC) is a group of Hospice Education Centres in the North West of England who combined forces to use their skills, talents and enthusiasm to bid for, design, develop and deliver this Advance Care Planning package to frontline health and social care staff working in the North West of England.



  • End of Life Partnership, Cheshire
  • St Catherine’s Hospice, Preston
  • Terence Burgess Education Centre at Queenscourt Hospice, Southport
  • St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston
  • Liverpool Marie Curie Centre, Liverpool
  • St John’s Hospice, Lancaster

Advance Care Planning is relevant to all health and social care professionals who work with people and their families, in any care setting. However it is also relevant to individuals working in other settings who have conversations with the public about their thoughts, wishes, expectations and preferences for the future, particularly their health, social and personal care. As a society we shy away from talking about the end of our lives, and the 5 taboo and hidden ‘D’s – disfigurement, disability, deterioration, dying and death.

Not talking about death and dying doesn’t stop it from happening. Avoiding such discussions means that we don’t give people the opportunity to discuss what is important to them. Weare then left making assumptions about what they might have wanted, or guessing what their preferences might have been, and making decisions for them, in their best interests.

So talking about it is important, and in order to do so, frontline workers need to be skilled and unafraid to have the conversation. The conversations and decisions need to be recorded, and appropriately shared, otherwise they may be not be available to help decision making at the time when a person cannot make those decisions and express those wishes and preferences for themselves. Conversations need to be documented. People may want to record their own wishes and preferences informally or choose someone to speak for them, or they may choose to undertake a more formal process of documenting a decision to refuse some treatment in advance of when that decision is needed or appoint a legal proxy to make those decisions for them at the time they are needed. In order to be helpful in facilitating this process, frontline workers need to have an understanding of Advance Care Planning and all it entails, and where it fits in to the overall Future Care Planning arena which also includes Anticipatory Clinical Management Planning for predicted clinical situations and Best Interests Decisions Making for those who lack capacity and cannot make their wishes and preferences known (where they did not do so prior to losing capacity).

So, this is important for everyone. No-one knows whether or not they will be the person to whom someone chooses to divulge their wishes, preferences, important issues for the future. We all need  to know about the whole process, how to have the conversations, how to document the choices and how to share them appropriately, with consent.

This programme and package are for YOU and the training is FREE to attend thanks to funding from Health Education England.

St Catherine’s Hospice will be delivering the training on the following dates, email or call 01772 629171 to book your place:

  • Monday 14th January 2019
  • Monday 4th February 2019
  • Tuesday 5th March 2019

The training starts at 09:00 and will be finished by 16:30, lunch and refreshments provided.



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.

Training opportunities 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)

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

 This programme has now finished

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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