Our clinical education team

Our team are committed to delivering excellent clinical education and training for health and social care professionals in our community.

At present our training is delivered virtually, please see our virtual events below.  

Clinical student placements

We are able to offer a range of clinical student placements across our specialist care services and host students from a wide variety of disciplines, including pre-registration adult and children's nursing, paramedic science and social work.

For more information or to discuss your individual requirements please contact our clinical education team on clinicaleducation@keech.org.uk.

Virtual education events - sign up today:

Essential End of Life Care Rolling Programme 2021 - for registered health and social care professionals

2021 - EOL Programme

This is a free 10 week rolling programme.

This is a weekly rolling programme, giving you the flexibility to choose dates and times that suit you. You can book onto individual sessions or sign up for a whole programme. 

What can I gain from attending?

An in-depth overview of the key areas associated with palliative and end of life care (EoLC). Opportunity for Q&A and discussion are included within each session along with principles of how to look after yourself as a healthcare professional.

Who can attend?

Any registered health and social care professional (such as nurses, doctors, paramedics, social workers etc) wishing to gain more confidence for the care of patients with a palliative and end of life care diagnosis.

Programme 1 - Register for whole programme now

Runs from Tuesday 5 January - Tuesday 9 March 2021
2-3pm

Programme 2 - Register for whole programme now

Runs from Tuesday 13 April - Tuesday 15 June 2021 10.30-11.30am

Programme 3 - Register for whole programme now

Runs from Tuesday 6 July - Tuesday 7 September 2021 2-3pm

Programme 4 - Register for whole programme now

Runs from Tuesday 28 September - Tuesday 30 November 2021 10.30-11.30am

Click on the links below to book individual sessions

Essential Conversations 

Exploring conversations face to face, via video link and telephone.  Gives a structure and builds confidence in communication.

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Essential Advanced Care Planning 

What does Advanced Care Planning entail?  When should it be done?  How should it be approached?  Who should commence these conversations?

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Essential Recognition of the Dying Patient

This session explores the complexity of the topic and gives helpful insight into the dying process and what to look for.

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Essential End of Life Care Anticipatory Medication 

What are the essential drugs used, and why?  What are the principles involved?  Includes setting up a Syringe Driver and it’s maintenance.

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Essential Pain Management 

How should pain be assessed in a palliative/EOLC context?  What about types of pain we do not always consider – spiritual pain for example?  Can all pain be alleviated?   Includes pharmacological/non-pharmacological approaches.

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Essential Nausea and Vomiting Management 

How to assess patients with increasing symptoms, how receptors work in recognising nausea and vomiting, pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to management.

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Essential Breathlessness & Secretion Management 

Explores the range of conditions that may experience breathlessness, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of breathlessness and secretions, alleviation methods for breathlessness and secretions.

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Essential Agitation and Delirium Symptom Control 

Explores techniques to recognise agitation and delirium in end of life patients, traditional and alternative methods of symptom management.

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Essential Nutrition, Hydration and Mouth Care 

How to be aware of the need for nutrition and hydration management in palliative care, ethics surrounding hydration in the dying patient, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of mouth care.

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Essential Loss and Bereavement 

An understanding of loss and bereavement, how to manage approaches to loss, strategies of recognising complexities of grief.  How to look after yourself.

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Principles of End of Life Care Rolling Programme 2021 - for unregistered health care professionals

2021 - EOL Programme

This is a free 5 session rolling programme.

This is a fortnightly rolling programme, giving you the flexibility to choose dates and times that suit you. You can book onto individual sessions or sign up for a whole programme. 

What can I again from attending?

An overview of the key areas associated with palliative and end of life care (EoLC). Opportunity for Q&A and discussion are included wihtin each session along with principles of how to look after yourself as someone looking after a dying patient.

Wha can attend?

Any unregistered health care professional (such as health care assistants, carer, support worker etc.) wishing to gain more confidence for the care of patients with a palliative and end of life care diagnosis.

Programme 1 - Register for whole programme now

Runs from Thursday 7 January - Thursday 4 March 2021 2-3pm

Programme 2 - Register for whole programme now

Runs from Thursday 15 April - Thursday 10 June 2021 10.30-11.30am

Programme 3 - Register for whole programme now

Runs from Thursday 8 July - Thursday 2 September 2021 2-3pm

Programme 4 - Register for whole programme now

Runs from Thursday 30 September - Thursday 25 November 2021 10.30-11.30am

Click on the links below to book individual sessions

Principles of Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care? How does it differ from EOLC or other types of care? How should I interact with these patients? What do these patients want from me? Are there principles that can help me?

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Principles of Essential Communication

Conversations with palliative/Dying patients are often perceived as ‘difficult’. Is this true? What do I need to consider? Are there principles that can help me engage effectively with this patient group? This session will build your confidence in your communication skills.

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Principles of Advance Care Planning

What is Advanced Care Planning? Is it important? When should it be done? How should it be approached? Who should commence these conversations?

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Principles of care in the last days

How to recognise the dying patient, what care in the last days looks like, principles of managing the patient at end of life, recognition of aftercare.

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Principles of Loss & Bereavement

How to recognise loss and bereavement and gaining understanding of helping those affected during their loss.

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Is there an elephant in the room?

One hour workshop

21st April 2021 at 10am
4th August 2021 at 7pm
15th December 2021 at 2pm

Register Now!

What can I gain from attending?
More understanding around history and the taboo of death. Confidence to explore conversations around death and dying and preparation for future uncertainties.

Who can attend?
Any member of the public who wishes to learn more about death and dying

Verification of Expected Death

Monday 25 October 2021 - 2-3.30pm

Friday 26 November 2021 - 10-11.30am

Monday 13 December 2021 - 2-3.30pm

Monday 17 January 2022 - 10-11.30am

Register your FREE place now

What can I gain from attending?
The course is aimed at staff who wish to develop knowledge and skills in recognising death and the process of verifying an expected death.

Who can attend?
This verification of expected death training is suitable for registered and unregistered health care staff who are interested in taking on the extended role of verification of expected death.

Intermediate Communication skills

Tuesday 18 May 2021 - 8.45am - 4pm

Wednesday 15 September 2021 - 8.45am - 4pm

Wednesday 8 December 2021 - 8.45am - 4pm

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What can I gain from attending?
This Intermediate Communication Skills training will enable you to enhance communication skills in difficult or challenging situations.

The training explores barriers to communication, strategies to manage conversations in difficult scenarios, how to explore conversations in ceilings of treatment or end of life care as wells as tools and skills to help you develop confidence.

Who can attend?

If you are from the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes area and are either:

  • A specialist palliative and end of life care practitioner
  • Any NHS, allied health or social care professionals who regularly work with life-limiting illness of uncertain prognosis
  • Social worker, care home manager or social care manager
  • Registered professionals wishing to explore more challenging conversations and communication skills.

Introduction to Palliative and End of Life Care Study Day

Thursday 23 September 2021 - 9am-4pm

Register your FREE place now

What can I gain from attending?
An increase in awareness and confidence in delivering palliative and end-of-life care to patients with a life-limiting illness.

Who can attend?
Any registered or unregistered health care professionals with an interest in palliative or end-of-life care.

What have I done to deserve this?

Addressing the needs for the LGBTQIA+ community living with a palliative illness.

Wednesday 7 July 2021 - 2-3pm

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For people in the LGBTQ+ community there are some additional concerns and worries whilst living with a palliative illness. This session is to raise awareness of these issues and discuss how they can be challenged and overcome and what changes could be made to support people manage during this time.

What can I gain from attending?
An overview of unconscious bias and how to recognise the individual needs for the LGBTQIA+ community diagnosed with a palliative illness.

Who can attend?
Any health care professional or member of the public wanting to explore more ways of challenging diversity

Intermediate study day: Advanced Care Planning.

Thursday 24 June 9am-4pm

Register your free place now

What can I gain from attending?
The day is aimed at people who are dealing with palliative and End of Life Care regularly, whether qualified or unqualified. It will cover in some detail the various components of a good advance care plan, including a session focussing on children’s palliative care, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. The course is delivered by experts within their fields of practice.

Who can attend?
This is a Tier 2 ‘Intermediate’ Study day. Ideally, you will have attended a first-tier course, such as the ‘Essential Advanced Care Planning’ session, and are ready to build upon that knowledge and explore further.

For more information or to submit your questions please email: clinicaleducation@keech.org.uk

Skills Workshop – Compassionate Friends

Whether you are a neighbour, friend, colleague, or family member do you want to start making a difference in your community?

Sign up for the Compassionate Friends workshop

Monday 7 June 2021 - 10.30am -12.30pm -Register your free place

Thursday 15 July 2021 - 10.30am -12.30pm -Register your free place

Wednesday 18 August 2021 - 10.30am -12.30pm - Register your free place

A compassionate community is one in which everyone recognises that we all have a role in supporting each other, particularly during periods of crisis and loss. We want to create a community of Compassionate Friends across the areas where we deliver care to help dispel the myths about dying and bereavement, helping communities to be better informed and more confident in a having these conversations. Through this workshop you will learn more about body language, the spoken word and how taking the time to listen can make a real difference and turn that understanding into action.

The main areas covered :-

  • Explaining what a Compassionate Community is.
  • Interpersonal skills – how to use your listening skills, body language, spoken word and empathy.
  • Dispelling the myths and taboos around talking about death and dying.
  • How to start a conversation – questions to ask and potential responses to help you deal with the conversation.
  • Considering your own networks within your community and how you could tap into these.
  • Looking after yourself.
  • Useful resources.
  • Making your pledge to your community.  
     

What can I gain from attending?

The session will provide practical advice on subjects including listening, body language and the spoken word to help enhance your interpersonal skills and increase your confidence to have conversations to help support others affected by life limiting illnesses, bereavement, and loss in your community.

Who can attend?

Any healthcare professional or member of the public in the Luton, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes areas.

Masterclass No. 7 - Building back to better with a burnt out workforce – Lessons in leadership

We are delighted to welcome Professor Rebecca Malby who will be leading our Masterclass.

Thursday 1 July 6.30-8pm

Register your free place

Rebecca Malby (Becky) is a Professor in Health Systems
Innovation at London South Bank University, where she
leads the Health Systems Innovation Lab, providing changemanagement support to systems change work; leadership programmes for emerging leaders, network leaders and citizen leaders. Her experience is an unusual combination of leader, manager, researcher, change agent and entrepreneur. She is known to be an energetic and enthusiastic leader of change and a forward thinker.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be stirred, encouraged and inspired in your practice and leadership as we learn together in these challenging times.

To make the session interactive, if you have any questions or points you would like to be discussed as part of the session please do share those by Wednesday 30 June. They will all be anonymised.