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Learning & Development

The Learning & Development Team at Helen & Douglas House is a central resource within the charity for all things related to learning and development, training and research. 


We support staff and volunteers internally, offering a breadth and depth of learning opportunities to ensure that all work to their best of their ability at all times. We offer mandatory training, education days, research forum sessions, soft skills training, clinical skills competency framework, management training and clinical updates. 


We also work with external colleagues, for example, on research projects, supporting student placements, on strategic groups and with outside teaching.


All of our endeavours in education and research involve not just our team, but many others across the organisation. 


Recent papers and publications include:


E Chatburn (2016), ‘Personal reflections on volunteering in a children’s hospice’, Clinical Psychology Forum, 281, 4-7. 


E Harrop and K Brombley have been heavily involved with the draft NICE guidelines on End of life care for infants, children and young people: 


M Bluebond-Langner, L Chambers, S Lapwood and J Noyes (2016), ‘Promoting high quality research with life-limited children and their families: Establishment of a joint research group between Together for Short Lives and the Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine’, Journal of Advanced Nursing, epublication ahead of print. 


Carter H, Price L (2016) Changing practice 1: Assessing the need for service improvement. Nursing Times, 112:8, 15-17.


K Davies, M Murray and T Whitworth (2015), ‘ “It’s like being a member of a club I didn’t want to join”: Reflections on a support group for bereaved dads, Bereavement Care, 34:3, 92-8. 


R Griffith, K Davies and V Lavender (2015), ‘The characteristics and experiences of anticipatory mourning in caregivers of teenagers and young adults’, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 21:9, 527-33. 


B Auger and K Barklie, ‘Activity: Entertainment or Therapeutic Holistic Care?’ Poster presented at Hospice UK Conference, November 2015.


R Bevington, ‘Clinical Skills Competencies: A journey started’ Poster presented at Hospice UK Conference, November 2015. 


Thank you for taking an interest in the work of our team. To find out more, please contact

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