External Courses

MSc programme in palliative care at the Cicely Saunders Institute

The well-established MSc programme in palliative care at the Cicely Saunders Institute is designed for all health and social care professionals working in palliative care and related areas. The course has developed a national and international reputation educating students who work in palliative and end of life care from all over the world. It is designed to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in palliative care and to develop their future careers. This course has a strong focus on appraising existing research and evidence on palliative care.

The flexible study programme offers a well-rounded curriculum and a qualification that has allowed many of our students to successfully progress into senior roles and publish high-impact peer-reviewed journals. Most importantly, it has led to changes in the lives of people with advanced disease and their families.

The programme has achieved 100% student satisfaction for the second year running through the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), and is the one of the highest rated programmes in the Faculty and College.

The course commences in January 2020.  The deadline to submit an application is 26th October for International students and 2nd December for Home/EU students.

If you have any questions, please email Mark Willis or telephone on 0207 848 5435

Course Details

Date: January 2020
Venue: Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care 

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RCP Mortality conference: collaboration and globalisation

Following on from the sell-out success of last year’s event, join the RCP Mortality team for their second annual conference.

‘Collaboration and globalisation’ will bring together members of UK and international healthcare organisations to discuss challenges, successes and innovations in mortality.

The RCP Mortality team will also discuss their upcoming work, meaning you’ll be at the heart of discussions around the future of healthcare.

So, don’t miss this event of the year for all healthcare professionals involved in the mortality review process.

Why not attend for less with our early-bird offer? Book your ticket before 15 September to benefit.

Course Details

Date: Thursday 17th October 2019 
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, London

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Renal Palliative Medicine Masterclass

Date: Friday 01st November 2019

This masterclass will explore the interface of palliative care with renal care and discuss learning points from joint renal and palliative medicine services in Oxford, Scotland and Australia.
The masterclass will discuss the evidence based contemporary management of the most troublesome symptoms experienced by patients with severe renal impairment.
Looking to the future, ideas about the possible changes to the interface between palliative and renal care will be discussed. There will be an opportunity to discuss your questions with the expert teaching staff.

Course Details

Dates: 1 November 2019 
Venue: Oxford Spires Hotel 

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Radiology in Palliative Care

Imaging is of great importance in aiding diagnosis and establishing management plans with patients. However, many specialists in palliative medicine have had only limited and/or historic training in interpreting X-ray images, CT and MRI scans. It would be helpful to have basic interpretation skills, alongside use of formal radiology reports, to enhance communication with colleagues and patients.

This one day study day will cover basic imaging interpretation skills for palliative medicine specialists, looking especially at CT and MRI images in an interactive way, in order to aid symptom management plans and enhance confidence in discussing results with patients.


Course Details

Date: 1st November 2019  09:30-16:30
Venue: Hospice in the Weald, Pembury

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End of Life Care in 2019: Science or Art?


“How people die remains in the memory of those who live on” – Dame Cecily Saunders (1918-2005)

This new, interactive study day aims to provide a practical, evidence-based overview of contemporary end of life.

It will review the evidence base for various aspects of EOLC, as well as addressing the medico-legal and ethical issues relevant to 21st Century practice.

The study day will be of benefit to all healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of EOLC, irrespective of their speciality or place of work.

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Course Details

Date: Monday 4 November 2019
Venue: Wesley Hotel and Conference Centre, 81-103 Euston Street, Kings Cross, London NW1 2EZ

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Essential leadership skills for specialty and associate specialist doctors working in palliative care – A two-day workshop 

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th November 2019 in Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull, West Midlands


Thursday 16th and Friday 17th January 2020 Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, London

Specialty and associate specialist doctors need the confidence and skills to lead others. Often the only medic in the room, they need to be able to take charge but share decision-making; lead the group while accounting to others; motivate and inspire across professional boundaries and influence where there may not be formal lines of accountability.

This bespoke workshop is designed for any specialty doctor or associate specialist working in palliative medicine. Numbers are limited to 18 delegates. The course content will contribute to the leadership competencies required for CESR and includes:

  • Working effectively in a constantly changing environment
  • Transactional Analysis – working in ‘adult’
  • Using a coaching style with junior doctors and nursing staff
  • Being assertive and congruent
  • Participating (as chair or participant) in productive meetings
  • Finding ways to routinely initiate ideas for improvement which will ‘stick’
  • Challenging colleagues when there is disagreement
  • Supervising others to support maximum accountability and the development of staff
  • Working across professional and hierarchical boundaries

 Feedback from participants (2019)

  • ‘It was fantastic, I learned about myself and don’t feel alone anymore’
  • ‘I met a lovely tribe of specialty doctors and feel empowered to manage meetings and fierce conversations’

Course Details

Date: 5th and 6th November 2019 or 16th and 17th January 2020 Please note that the West Midlands workshop has been cancelled, however the the workshop in Hampstead, London is still running (and the last few places are booking up fast)
Venue: Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull / Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead

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Advanced Ethics in Palliative and EOLC   

Date: Friday 03rd April 2020

As healthcare practitioners, we are faced with ethical dilemmas and difficult decisions on a daily basis. What to do when there is a conflict between what the patient wishes to do and what their family thinks should be done? How do we navigate a difference in opinion in our team about what a good death looks like? We must examine facts, balance alternatives and think through complex issues.

This conference will provide you with an opportunity to build your confidence, will enhance your skills and help you to develop strategies for dealing with difficult situations. By considering, discussing and debating a number of ethical dilemmas with others, you will increase your knowledge and learn how best to apply this knowledge and your enhanced skills in your practice.

Your employer will gain from this as you bring your enhanced skills back to your workplace, helping patient directly and also indirectly as you transfer knowledge and skills to your colleagues.

Course Details

Dates:03 April 2020
Venue:St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

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