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Education and Learning


As specialists in our field, we host education, training and support for others.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (ARHC) works directly with the Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to provide specialist palliative care services for adult patients throughout Cambridgeshire who are living with a life-limiting illness. An important part of the hospice role is to share our expertise and knowledge with others, and provide support and training to other healthcare professionals who are caring for patients at the end of life.  

As part of this we provide education and training to help you and your colleagues to develop and update your skills and confidence when delivering palliative and end of life care. We offer a variety of different learning experiences and courses and hope that you will find something to interest you, either in the courses delivered at our Cambridge hospice or as a session delivered in your workplace.  


If you are interested in a particular course, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask for further details.  If you wish to book a place on any of our education sessions please download a booking form and e-mail it to or call 01223 675780.


We can provide bespoke education and training to health and social care professionals within their workplace or here at the Education Centre.

We can plan sessions tailored to meet your individual needs that can include the following:  

  • Using the McKinley T34 Syringe Pump in Palliative Care
  • Communication Skills, Answering Difficult Questions and Breaking Bad News
  • Grief, Loss, Bereavement and Family Support
  • Symptom Management in Palliative Care
  • Care of the Dying Patient and their Family
  • Dignity and End of Life 
  • Holistic Assessment
  • Verification by Nurse of Expected Death
Contact The Education Team to discuss your requirements. 01223 675780


Gold Standards Framework

Arthur Rank Hospice is one of the UK regional centres offering the programme to care homes.

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) programme comprises a series of workshops and involves the care home working towards of a number of standards and goals with the option to apply for GSF accreditation.

Since its launch in 2004 staff in over 2,500 care homes have been trained, with up to 200 care homes accredited per year.  The accreditation is valid for 3 years and there are many homes who are now 2nd and 3rd time accredited demonstrating that the maintaining the standards is sustainable.

The GSF helps staff to deliver a ‘gold standard of care’ to residents in care and nursing homes as they near the end of their lives. 

Evaluations show:

•             Improvements in quality of care experienced by residents

•             Improved competence and confidence of staff which in turn improves

staff retention

•             Reduction in the number of hospital admissions in that last 6 months of life  (from 44 % to 12%)  and a 58% reduction in the length of stay

•             75% of first time GSF accredited care homes achieve over 80% home death rate

•             Some care homes who have undergone accreditation 3 times show homes death rates averaging 89.6%.


Our next programme will commence at the Education Centre at the Hospice in Cambridge in autumn 2017 and the proposed dates are:


26 September 2017       Preparatory Workshop

28 November  2017       Workshop 1

18 January 2018            Workshop 2

15 March 2018               Workshop 3

22 May 2018                  Workshop 4

10 July 2018                  Workshop 5


If you are a care home interested in participating in the next programme, please contact The Education Team for an application form or call us on 01223 675780.