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Training

Our training programmes have been developed to support staff working in health and social care (from the public, private and voluntary sectors) to initiate conversations about death and dying and to empower their service users to plan for the end of life.

We offer three engaging and participatory training programmes. We can also develop bespoke courses to meet specific needs.

1. An introduction to planning for the end of life

- A One Day Course. Click here for the Course Outline
- A Half Day Workshop. Click here for the Workshop Outline


This interactive training aims to increase understanding of the importance of planning for the end of life. It equips participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to initiate conversations about death, dying and end of life care planning as well as increase their knowledge of advance care planning and their role within the advance care planning process. It can be delivered as a one day training programme or a half-day workshop.

The training is engaging and participatory and provides participants with a range of fun and engaging materials and tools to initiate and support conversations.

The courses have been successfully run for staff from a variety of services including social work, supported accommodation and care home providers, community organisations, faith groups and carers’ organisations.

100% of all participants say they would recommend our training to others.

“Very interesting, well delivered, engaging”
“All the sessions were extremely useful”

Camden Age UK professionals

“Thank you again, it was such a lovely experience – we should all have this training! It's such an essential part of health care for all patients and assists so much in providing excellent care at the end of life”
University College London Hospital health professional

2. An introduction to planning for the end of life for those supporting people with learning disabilities

- A One Day Course. Click here for the Course Outline

This one day course is specifically designed for those supporting adults with learning disabilities. This interactive course aims to increase participants understanding of the importance of planning for the end of life. It will equip staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enable them to initiate conversations and support service users with a learning disaility to put end of life plans in place.

“Really brilliant training and so important and useful for our client group. All staff should do it!”
Participant from Centre 404

“Please do more of these trainings to create awareness. It does solve a lot of issues when things are planned”
Participant from Elfrida Society

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3. Future Matters Volunteer Training: A 4.5 Day Training Programme

Click here for the Training Programme Outline

This 4.5 day training programme equips participants with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to be a Future Matters volunteer. A Future Matters volunteer raises awareness of end of life care planning within the community by delivering workshops, talks and running information stalls and they deliver one-to-one support to help people discuss their wishes and put their end of life plans in place. Please see Future Matters for more details.

The training covers: introduction to end of life care planning and the volunteer role, advance care planning, wills, powers of attorney and funeral planning, loss and bereavement, volunteer skills (including communication skills and initiating and ending conversations), delivering awareness raising activities in the community and skills needed to provide one-to-one support to help people put their plans in place.

In an average size Clinical Commissioning Group (population size 250,00) the following outcomes can be expected: 500 members of the public reached through 20 awareness raising activities and over 100 one-to-one appointments held with 60 end of life care plans put in place (including 30 advance care plans).

Future Matters has been commissioned by Islington CCG for the past 6 years and by Croydon CCG/St Christopher's Hospice:

"Gentle Dusk has worked in partnership with St Christopher's Hospice to deliver their Future Matters education to 40 volunteers in Croydon supporting the development of our Creating Conversations project. Evaluation of learning evidenced that the volunteers gained confidence through the programme. Gentle Dusk are good partners to work with, the quality of education delivery is high, with good outcomes for the volunteers and our organisation"
Director of Supportive Care, St Christopher's Hospice
 

Commissioned training for Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

We have been commissioned by Islington CCG to deliver the 1-day and 1/2 day introductory courses in Islington for the past 5 years. You can read more about this training in our Gentle Dusk Training Report 2017/18

Further Training Programmes

In addition to the above training we can also develop bespoke courses to meet specific needs.

For futher information:

For further information about any of our courses or to discuss your training requirements please contact Debbie at debbie@gentledusk.org.uk

 


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