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Hospice Education

St Helena, in partnership with St Elizabeth Hospice, offers local health and social care professionals specialist training and education in end of life and palliative care.

A range of courses and education is provided by Hospice Education, from introductory sessions, to palliative care masterclasses and full study days. 

Training and education is provided both online and in person and covers an extensive range of topics for health and social care professionals involved in the care of individuals facing incurable illness and bereavement. 

In person training may take place at either St Helena's Learning and Development Centre in Colchester or St Elizabeth Hospice's Education Centre in Ipswich. 

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Healthcare Assistant/Clinical Support Worker Academy

St Helena is working in partnership with the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance to run an Academy preceptorship to recruit and train HCA/CSW in all practical elements of the role, building on theoretical qualifications already achieved by the individual.

The structure of the 12-week program will support seven agreed HCA/CSW core competencies. The competency training will be delivered in partnership with the hospice education team, with a mixture of spotlight bite size sessions from senior clinical educators, webinars and 1 full week off the job specialised education.

All organisations would be able to take up the offer of training for existing staff in their organisation, promoting partnership working, upskilling staff enabling them to feel confident in end-of-life care, and to ultimately provide a good death.     

If you are a care home or healthcare organisation looking to improve staff retention or recruit new healthcare assistants/clinical support workers, this preceptorship will give you a fantastic opportunity for collaborative working with external organisations and specialists.

If you’d like to be part of this funded program which will provide you with the staff, support, knowledge and skills to deliver the best level of care throughout your organisation, please get in touch. Email or call 01206 845 566.

If you're new to the role of healthcare assistant/clinical support worker or have recently completed your level 2/3/4 in health and social care and you're looking to take the next step in your career, look no further than this supported education program with a contracted job offer on completion. Find out more here or apply by emailing or calling 01206 845 566. 

Download our HCA/CSW Academy flyer for organisations Download our flyer for students/healthcare assistants/clinical support workers

Palliative care masterclasses

Formerly known as community of practice education sessions, palliative care masterclasses are held monthly, with each session focussing on a different topic. These are delivered online via Microsoft Teams and consist of a 45 minute presentation followed by a 45 minute case study. Delegates are able to attend both or one of the 45 minute sessions.

Please be aware, places are limited so are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Check out the 2023 palliative care masterclasses

Bespoke training

Bespoke training can be arranged and tailored to your organisation's specific needs.

Our flexible approach means the Hospice Education team is well equipped to offer bespoke training either at St Helena or St Elizabeth Hospice, or at your place of work. Please contact us at for more details. 


ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment.

When individuals plan ahead for their care, it is crucial to know and understand their wishes and ensure that the correct information is recorded. 

For further information on ReSPECT, click the button below. 

Learn more about ReSPECT

About Hospice Education

St Helena has partnered with St Elizabeth Hospice in east Suffolk to launch Hospice Education, a joint learning and development programme.

The Hospice Education collaboration provides one place for health and social care professionals to visit, learn new skills and share ideas to increase knowledge and skillsets to better meet the needs of the communities we serve.

If you or your organisation would like to collaborate with us, or the programme, please do get in touch by emailing 

Hospice education team

Further educational resources for health and social care professionals are available to you from other health and social care providers

Find out more at the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance website
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