Opening the spiritual gate : An introduction to assessing and having conversations about the spiritual needs of those in our care

30 Oct, 2019
09:00 - 16:00
A place on this course costs £100. Lunch is included
King Centre, Jersey Hospice Care

How to book

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Jersey Hospice Care’s Education Team.

About the Facilitators

Dr Julie Luscombe

Julie is the Head of Education at Jersey Hospice Care. Her professional background includes Mental Health Nursing, Public Health and Higher Education and her role at Jersey Hospice Care involves ensuring staff across all departments in the organisation feel confident and competent to fulfil their roles as well as supporting the delivery of high quality end of life education to our community partners.

Julie studied for her Doctorate in Education with the University of Exeter and having also obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Bath, she has a particular interest in the public health aspect of palliative care and in supporting staff to achieve their maximum potential through reflective practice, coaching and education.

Gail Edwards

Gail Edwards is the Nurse Champion at Jersey Hospice Care. Her primary role has been to support the implementation of the Gold Standards Framework throughout the community in Jersey. This evidenced based approach to end of life care helps develop the competency and confidence of staff to empower them to manage the palliative and end of life care needs of patients regardless of care setting.

Gail has spent 12 years in various nursing roles within Jersey Hospice Care, achieving a BSc Clinical Practice from the University of Southampton and is currently studying at Masters level. Gail is passionate about achieving ‘the one chance to get it right’ at the end of life by ensuring the right care is delivered to the right patient, at the right time, in the right place.

For this reason she works to improve her knowledge through continuous professional development and through delivering education in an engaging innovative style.

Judy Le Marquand

Judy is the Practice Development Sister for Jersey Hospice Care. Her background is in Medical, Surgical and Gynaecological Nursing but she has been working in palliative care for ten years and is currently studying at the Royal Marsden.

Judy’s role as Practice Development Sister aims to promote excellent standards in patient care. As palliative care is constantly evolving, her role is to maintain currency and disseminate changes in practice through both classroom education and role modelling.

Judy has a particular interest in Communication Skills and Palliative Symptom Control. She has trained in Advanced Facilitation with the Maguire Communication Skills Training Unit at The Christie School of Oncology.

Derek Ruth

Derek is a Senior Health Care Assistant in Practice Development for Jersey Hospice Care. He has worked both in residential settings and as part of community team with much of his experience focusing on working with people who are living with Dementia and Motor Neurone Disease. He has achieved vocational qualifications at Levels 2 & 3.

Derek’s role is primarily concerned with mentoring and supporting new Health Care Assistants to work in Jersey Hospice Care which acts as a necessary reinforcement to uphold and improve accepted care standards. Ensuring the dignity and comfort of patients takes precedence, thus Derek ‘set [his] sights on wellbeing, so that…healthcare can become more about making life more wonderful, rather than just less horrible’. (BJ Miller).


Throughout the day, we will offer opportunities to:

  • Discuss the diversity and individuality of spiritual and religious needs
  • Consider how to open, maintain and close a conversation about spiritual issues
  • Understand the importance of concisely  and confidentially record and handover spiritual needs
  • Consider a management plan for meeting spiritual needs
  • Demonstrate available resources to support conversations
  • Develop an individual action plan to apply within the workplace

Who should attend?

The course is intended for all health and social care staff

Course details

Having a conversation about spiritual issues is not always easy. However, when providing holistic care, addressing spirituality is everybody’s business and all of us in health care have a role to play. This is an interactive workshop that aims to support health and social care workers to develop confidence and skills in assessing and having conversations about spiritual needs with those in their care.

Cancellation policy

Payment is required to secure the course.

If you cancel the booking within 30 days of the course start date you will still be charged. We do accept replacement delegates up until the last minute or you could arrange to transfer your place onto a later course.

If Jersey Hospice Care has to cancel the course either due to not reaching minimum capacity for the course or due to an unavoidable event such as trainer sickness or adverse weather conditions, we will get in touch to offer an alternative future course date or to offer a refund.

Please note that we don’t charge GST. If you require an invoice, please email

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