Our clinical education team

Education courses

Our team are committed to delivering excellent clinical education and training for health and social care professionals in our community. We offer a range of palliative and end of life care education subjects which can be tailored to your individual needs, including:  


  • advance care planning
  • symptom management
  • syringe driver training and management
  • delivering care in the last days of life
  • recognising and caring for the dying patient
  • nurse verification of expected death

Our training can be delivered in our conference facilities here at Keech and can also take place at your workplace. Book a course today.

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 01582 497872 or email clinicaleducation@keech.org.uk.

Current education events - sign up today:

End of life competency programme

This programme is for all trained staff seeking to further their knowledge and skills in palliative care and includes holistic assessment, symptom control, assessment and management, advance care planning, communication skills, care in the last days of life and loss and grief.

Dates and times:

Tuesday 3 March 2020 - 9.30am-4.30pm

Tuesday 31 March 2020 - 9.30am-4.30pm

Tuesday 12 May 2020 - 9.30am-4.30pm

Tuesday 9 June 2020 - 9.30am-4.30pm

Tuesday 7 July 2020 - 9.30am-4.30pm

Tuesday 22 September 2020 - 9.30am-1.30pm

Venue: Keech Hospice Care

Cost: Free to attend

Booking: Please email marion.eaton@nhs.net or cancerpalliative.careeducation@nhs.net. Please note that you are required to attend all of these dates.

Being prepared - paramedic palliative care study day

A study day for paramedics and technicians designed to encompass all of the essential palliative and end of life care principles in order to promote confidence when caring for patients and their relatives.

Friday 27 March 2020

Friday 26 June 2020


Venue: Luton Ambulance Station 

Time: 10am-3pm

Cost: Free to attend

If you require more information please email clinicaleducation@keech.org.uk

Essential symptom control sessions

These sessions are for all health care professionals and are in depth sessions for each individual symptom. These are designed to assist the learner with more confidence in addressing and managing patients with a palliative diagnosis.

Sessions and dates:

Essential communication skills
Wednesday 1 April 2020 


Essential advance care planning
Wednesday 6 May 2020 


Essential anticipatory medication 
Wednesday 3 June 2020


Essential pain management 
Wednesday 1 July 2020


Essential nausea and vomiting management 
Wednesday 2 September 2020


Essential breathlessness management 
Wednesday 7 October 2020


Essential mouth care at end of life management 
Wednesday 4 November 2020


Essential recognising dying skills
Wednesday 2 December 2020


Venue: Keech Hospice Care

Time: 1-3pm

Cost: Free to attend

If you require more information please email clinicaleducation@keech.org.uk

Advanced communication skills training

This two-day course is for experienced health care professionals who have difficult conversations on a daily basis and have previously attended a level of communication training. This includes nursing staff at band 6 or above, GP's and other senior staff involved in breaking bad news with palliative patients.

Dates and venues:

Thursday 23 April 2020 and Friday 24 April 2020  Isabel Community Hub, Hall Grove, Welwyn Garden City AL7 4PH

Wednesday 3 June 2020 and Thursday 4 June 2020 The Hospice of St Francis, Spring Garden Lane, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 3GW

Thursday 23 July 2020 and Friday 24 July 2020
Peter Newton Pavilion, Skimpot Road, Dunstable

Thursday 15 October 2020 and Friday 16 October 2020
Hertfordshire Development Centre (HCC) Robertson House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2FQ

Thursday 19 November 2020 and Friday 20 November 2020 
Peter Newton Pavilion, Skimpot Road, Dunstable

Time: 9-5pm

Cost: £450 per person for the 2 day course

Booking: Please email education@stfrancis.org.uk for more information and registration. Please note delegates are required to attend both days.

Sage and thyme communication skills - foundation level workshop

This training is intended for both clinical and non-clinical staff who come into contact with patients/carers who are affected by life limiting illnesses.

Dates and venues:

Friday 17 April 2020 - Bedford Hospital

Thursday 7 May 2020 - Watford General

Monday 15 June 2020 - Isabel Hospice

Friday 10 July 2020 - Garden House Hospice

Thursday 10 September 2020 - Lister Hospital

October Date TBC - Rennie Grove Hospice

Friday 6 November 2020 - St Francis Hospice

Wednesday 13 January 2021 - Keech Hospice Care

Time: 9.30am-12.30pm

Cost: Free to attend

Booking: Please email education@ghhospicecare.org.uk 

Don't Leave Me Now - a play written by Brian Daniels

'Don’t Leave Me Now' 

A play by Brian Daniels.

Date: Tuesday 28 April 2020
Venue: The Fountain Suite, Keech Hospice Care, Luton
Time: 7pm
Cost: £10 (Refreshments available.)


Don’t Leave Me Now is inspired by two real stories which explore with insight and humour the impact of early onset dementia on family life. Where does love end and duty begin – or does it?

''The play is subtly powerful, sympathetic and sharp, sad and funny. Where dementia is the villain, words are priceless'' 
Howard Jacobson, Booker Prize-winning author.

Background to Dont Leave Me Now
When Brian Daniels attended the 50th birthday party of his friends Irene Heron and Rachael Dixey in 1997, he remembers it as a joyful and exuberant event. Nobody then could have guessed 10 years later the vivacious and theatrical Irene would be developing early onset dementia and 15 years later she would have lost her functioning powers, be in a care home and would die, aged 66, in 2013.

Her partner of 25 years, Professor Rachael Dixey wrote in her journal every day about the challenges of living with a partner who had dementia. She asked Brian to read the journal and he was then inspired by write a play about family life and early onset dementia.

Irene was cared for in a nursing home in Yorkshire. In the same nursing home was Chris Toulman. Chris and his wife Cindy had been married for over 40 years and were a devoted couple. Chris had never had a good memory but warning bells started to sound when he started getting into a muddle when doing the accounts of his garage business. He would sometimes do the MOT twice on a car, forgetting he had already done the work. Eventually he was diagnosed with dementia and in time went into full time care. His wife visited him every day, and all day, talking to him, feeding him and loving him. Chris died in his early 60s.

With the support of both families Brian embarked on writing these very personal stories. He wanted to explore through a play the way in which dementia impacts on the wider family and whether love ever becomes a duty.

Don’t Leave Me Now is endorsed by all major Dementia Charities including Dementia UK, The Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Pathfinders, Cruse Bereavement Care and Hospice UK.

Non-malignant palliative study day

The focus of this study day is to address the most important and key information needed in order to care for patients living with the later stages of a chronic condition. This study day is applicable for all health care professionals.

Date: Thursday 14 May 2020

Venue: The Leagrave Centre, Luton

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: Free to attend


If you require more information please email clinicaleducation@keech.org.uk

Cultural humility compassion study day

This study day explores key themes and areas of interest surrounding cultural humility and diversity for patients and families of those affected with a palliative diagnosis. This study day is applicable for all clinical and non-clinical staff.

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020

Venue: Keech Hospice Care

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: Free to attend


If you require more information please email clinicaleducation@keech.org.uk

Introduction to palliative and end of life care

This one-day study day is aimed at increasing awareness and confidence in delivering palliative and end of life care to patients with a life-limiting illness.

Date: Tuesday 8 September 2020

Venue: Keech Hospice Care

Time: 9-5pm

Cost: Free to attend for health and social care professionals in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes


If you require more information please email clinicaleducation@keech.org.uk