Project information

Training & Education in Specialist Palliative Care

To develop an education and training project at our Hospice which will help deliver specialist courses to healthcare professionals in our community which will ensure that patients with a life-limiting illness are given the very best and appropriate care.

January 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Heart of Kent Hospice

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  • Need


    "Some people experience excellent care in hospitals, hospices, care homes and their own homes. But the reality is that many do not. Many people experience unnecessary pain and other symptoms......High quality care should be available wherever the person may be: at home, in a care home, in hospital, in a hospice or elsewhere". End of Life Care Strategy 'Executive Summary' July 2008.


    The Heart of Kent Hospice provides a comprehensive training and education programme in specialist palliative care for healthcare professionals, such as district nurses, health care assistants, care workers etc, who are providing hands-on care for patients in the community with a life-limiting illness. This will ensure that patients are: treated as an individual, with dignity and respect, being without pain and other symptoms, being in familiar surroundings, and being in the company of family.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that healthcare professionals are trained in key aspects of specialist palliative care.


    » To attract external healthcare professionals to attend workshops at The Heart of Kent Hospice.

    What success will look like

    Success will deliver specialist palliative care training to 320-350 nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout the year.

    Aim 2

    To ensure that patients receive the very best quality of care throughout their illness.


    » To run a series of courses, equipping healthcare professionals with expert knowledge.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...that patients, wherever they are receive appropriate care and support and are treated as an individual with dignity and respect.

    Aim 3

    To reduce inappropriate hospital admissions to the already overstretched NHS.


    » Ensuring that best practice can be taken out into the community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...a reduction in hospital admissions.

    Aim 4

    To help patients to stay at home throughout their illness, which is often their preferred choice.


    » That the workshops delivered to healthcare professionals enables them to support patients in their preferred place of care.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...That patients can continue to be at home, surrounded by their friends and families.

  • Impact


    To ensure that a wider range of patients approaching end of life are given appropriate care and that increasing numbers can be cared for at home or in their chosen place of care.


    Cut-backs in staffing levels in healthcare settings.
    We will continue to run our specialist courses, to ensure that as many healthcare professionals as possible can receive the training that we provide.


    An end of year report will be sent to donors explaining how successful the project has been.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,969

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,040 Salary P/t of trainer
      £1,100 Office costs Print, telephone & subscriptions
      £1,976 Admin 4 hours per week
      £2,500 Courses + support Course costs + supervision by Director
      £2,353 Support Other costs such as HR/IT etc
  • Background


    Our Hospice is based in Aylesford, near Maidstone in Kent.


    The population of our area is approximately 220,000. Four wards within Maidstone suffer from economic, social and environmental disadvantage and are ranked within 20% more disadvantaged in Kent. By 2021, the 65--79 age group will rise by 44% and the 80+ group by 66%.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Hospice was established in 1991. Since that time, we have provided specialist palliative care to over 5,500 patients and their families. Our professional team offers skilled care, compassion and hope to those faced with a life-limiting illness. Although historically we have supported mainly patients with a cancer diagnosis, we are increasingly seeing patients with other life-limiting conditions, such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's, heart and lung failure and HIV-AIDS.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Matt Hart

    Matt Hart has worked in specialist palliative care and HIV for many years and has a great deal of experience in training of healthcare workers.