Dorothy House provides compassionate care and support for people with a life-limiting illness. Services are provided whenever and wherever they are needed: at home, in the Hospice, or in the community. The Hospice respects the uniqueness of each patient and their family, and empowers them to choose the type of care they receive.

Our role, in the Education team, is to ensure that our workforce, and the community we serve, have the right skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality end of life and palliative care.

We offer a range of training for our staff and volunteers who support patients, families and friends at the end of life. We have particular expertise in palliative care, advance care planning, syringe driver management, bereavement, multi-professional working, clinical supervision and communication skills. Currently, the majority of our training is delivered online.

We are keen to share our expertise and knowledge with health and care professionals, and to work in partnership with health and social care, and academic organisations to develop education programmes.

What the team can offer you
  • Training courses – a mixed programme of practical and developmental courses, taught through a range of teaching methods, including lectures, experiential learning, group work, case studies and role play
  • Conferences – on topical issues surrounding end of life and palliative care
  • Consultancy – we’re happy to work with you to identify your needs and develop tailored courses and events to meet your requirements.  These courses can usually be delivered at our premises or yours, or online.  Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements.
Examples of our current education programmes/projects with external partners 
  • Complexities of Supportive and End of Life Care Module, in conjunction with the UWE
  • Learning Disabilities: reciprocal training project being delivered alongside SWALLOW, a local user-led learning disability charity in Somerset

In line with our aim to combat inequalities, Dorothy House is seeking to introduce systemic change in the approach to end of life care for people with learning disabilities. Toward this aim, a reciprocal education programme (with funding from the People’s Postcode Trust) is being developed between Dorothy House and SWALLOW.

SWALLOW was established in 1993 by people with learning disabilities and their families, to develop a new way of meeting their needs by providing an alternative to day centres and residential homes. Over the years, SWALLOW has developed services in response to the wishes of their members. Their aim is to help as many people as they can with the resources available.

See the downloadable abstract and conference poster for more information.

Opportunities for your engagement

We can offer a range of sessions covering various topics directly linked to hospice care. These sessions are all led by our health care professionals here at the Hospice and we can provide further information about end of life care and the work of Dorothy House. We also offer Undergraduate or postgraduate student education placements or internships and some clinical placements.

Contact the team

Contact the Education team by phone or email.

Phone: 01225 722 988

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