Education and training

Education and training

Here you will find a range of educational resources for health and social care professionals, including courses and events, training videos/workshops, and links to other education providers.

Scroll down to read about upcoming palliative care masterclasses, and watch past sessions; discover the online communication skills training; and various other upcoming training and workshops, as well as videos from past sessions you can watch back. There is also a ReSPECT training webinar to help you prepare for the ReSPECT rollout from 1st March 2023.

St Helena in partnership with St Elizabeth Hospice offers a range of end of life care training and education through Hospice Education. You can view all the education on offer from Hospice Education by clicking here 

Palliative care masterclasses

Clinicians across north east Essex come together regularly to share learning on palliative and end of life care.

Hospice Education, a collaboration between St Helena and St Elizabeth Hospice, provides an extensive range of palliative and end of life education, training, learning and development sessions for healthcare professionals.

Palliative care masterclasses are broken down into a 45-minute masterclass followed by a 45-minute case study discussion option, supported by the medical teams at both hospices. Delegates will have the choice to attend the masterclass or case study session or both.

Upcoming sessions and presentations from recent sessions can be found below.

Upcoming Masterclasses in 2023:

8th February – Anticipatory Grief – via Microsoft Teams

23rd February – Superior vena cava obstruction – via Microsoft Teams

15th March – Recognising when a patient is deteriorating/moving to end of life – via Microsoft Teams

19th April – Anxiety Management – via Microsoft Teams

10th May – Constipation, including current treatment for Opoid induced constipation – via Microsoft Teams

21st June – Bowel Obstruction and perforation – via Microsoft Teams

19th July – Heart Failure – Face to Face at St Helena, Colchester

20th September – Polypharmacy and interactions – Face to Face St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich

18th October – Liver Disease in Palliative Care – via Microsoft Teams

15th November – Upper GI Cancers – via Microsoft Teams

11th December – Palliative Care emergencies – via Microsoft Teams

For more information and booking click here or alternatively you can email the education team at or phone 01473 707017.


Previous sessions:

When you click on the links below, you will be taken to St Helena’s YouTube channel:

Communication Skills - palliative and end of life care

This is a free online course for health and social care professionals to help you develop your communication skills and confidence in supporting patients and their families and carers, particularly around the end of life.

This course is run over two weeks and requires just 15 minutes a day of online learning, undertaken at a time that suits the learner. Ideally support would also be received from line managers, to encourage the learner and sign the certificate of completion of learning at the end. All paperwork needed is attached within the course.

Click here to find out more and begin the course. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Harriet Roebuck at

Compassionate Conversations 

Compassionate Conversations is a free two-hour training session aimed at helping people to talk with others experiencing death, dying or loss by giving them the skills and confidence to enable open, honest and sensitive conversations.

Delivered in-person and online by the St Helena Bereavement Team, in partnership with St Elizabeth Hospice, these sessions are available throughout the year.

Find out more and book to attend a session at the St Helena website. 


On the 1/3/23 the ReSPECT process replaced the Do Not Attempt CPR form across Suffolk and North East Essex.
The ReSPECT process offers a personalised emergency treatment plan and is suitable for people who live with chronic ill health at risk of deterioration in addition to those who are approaching the end of life.
Below are two video resources to help you understand and implement ReSPECT.
Firstly is a 20 minute webinar filmed by Dr Karen Chumbley which forms part of the training around the ReSPECT process.
Second, is a 12 minute film which explains the purpose of the ReSPECT form, how to fill it out, and the importance of having an advanced plan in place. In the film, Dr Lindsey Crockett visits three patients willing to start the ReSPECT process and talks them through it.
Click on the videos below to watch them.

Upcoming education

Verification of Expected Death

Face to face education sessions held at St Helena Hospice, Colchester. This training is in 2 parts and there are multiple dates in 2023 to choose from.

For more information and to book, please visit 

Training videos/workshops

Other courses, events and videos

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