End of Life Care education to support Gold Standards Framework in care homes : Workshop Three

WHEN : Thursday 6 June 2019

TIME : 09:00 – 13:00

COST : This course has been subsidised by Jersey Hospice Care

VENUE : King Centre, Jersey Hospice Care



The session is led and facilitated by Gail Edwards, Nurse Champion with input from Mary Le Hegarat, Counsellor and Emotional Support Worker at Jersey Hospice Care.

About the Facilitators

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.

Mary Le Hegarat trained as a Counsellor with Highlands College Jersey and was awarded her Advanced Diploma in Counselling in 2011. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy granted Mary the status of Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist in 2017.

In 2010, when Mary was studying for her Advanced Counselling Diploma at Highlands College Jersey, she commenced a student placement with the Community Bereavement Service, here at Jersey Hospice Care. On completion of this placement in 2010, she continued to be a volunteer, committed to supporting this invaluable service for the community of Jersey.  Also completed in 2010, specific training with Winston’s Wish in supporting bereaved families, children and young people.  Mary has been supporting bereaved children, young persons and adult clients for the service, using a person centred approach.

Since 2015, Mary was appointed the post of full-time bereavement counsellor to support adults, young people and children and their families for the Bereavement Service.  As well providing support for those coming to terms with a life limiting illness. Providing 1-1 and facilitating group support. Part of her role has been supporting and facilitating training for Jersey Hospice Care around grief and loss, as well as, recognising the importance of looking after your own emotional well-being.


The half day course will cover:

  • Values associated with end of life care assessment
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of Frailty
  • Understand the importance of Advance Care Planning (or Best Interest) discussions
  • National policies / local care standards
  • Reflective practice
  • After Death Analysis

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at staff from care homes that have completed the Gold Standards Framework training.

Course details

This is the third of three workshops

Workshop Three aims to update your knowledge on local and national developments in end of life care. Reflect on best practice in the management of the dying phase including symptom control, hydration and oral hygiene. You will explore how the focus of care changes at end of life and offering family support.

Mary Le Hegarat will guide you in identifying strategies for supporting your resilience and wellbeing. Learn how using your emotional intelligence will protect you from burnout and reduce your workplace stress. Leave feeling empowered to look after yourself!

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how local and national guidelines shape the care you deliver
  • Apply the guidance to recognise deterioration and dying in residents and plan care accordingly
  • Identify opportunities and strategies for supporting your own wellbeing