Short courses we can deliver

Our training courses are delivered at both Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice, Hayle. We can deliver in house if requested.

Syringe Driver Training

(McKinley T34 Syringe Driver Training)

Cornwall Hospice Care are running a series of training sessions on the safe and effective usage of the T34 McKinley syringe driver for subcutaneous use on adults.  The training is for Registered Nurses and is suitable for first time users and staff requiring an annual update.  This training session counts as 2.5 hours towards Continuing Professional Development required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The training will include:-

•        Theory: Clinical governance, duties and responsibilities, indications for use, preparation, record keeping, and trouble shooting

•        Practical: Simulation and assessment in the first time set up of syringe driver/change of prescription, and replacement syringes

•        Pre-course reading: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Policy (2017) “Management of McKinley T34 syringe drivers for subcutaneous use on adults Policy and Procedure”

A certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the simulated practical assessment and accurate completion of the Learning Checklist.

Verification of Death


Cornwall Hospice Care are running a series of training sessions on Verification of Death.

This course is for Registered Nurses working in Residential or Nursing Homes and other community settings who wish to take on the extended role of verification of expected death. It is an evidence-based, clinical course to deliver the knowledge and competencies necessary to correctly verify death.

Essential Requirements:

Participants should be Registered Nurses

The organisation they work for must have an up to date policy for the verification of expected death by registered nurses which is in line with their local NHS policy

The course will provide a safe framework to enable registered competent nursing staff to verify adult death. Expected outcomes are that:


•        The death of the patient is dealt with in accordance with the Law

•        The death of the patient is dealt with in a timely, sensitive and caring manner, respecting the dignity of the patient, relatives and carers

•        There is a reduction of delays in dealing with the deceased

•        There is appropriate use of registered nursing skills and competencies

Dates to be released shortly for 2018

Communication Skills

Effective communication between patients and clinicians is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality, end of life care.  Research has shown that communication skills can be improved through experiential learning.

Cornwall Hospice Care are currently designing communication sessions to cover a wide variety of situations staff, volunteers and carers may encounter as part of caring for someone at end of life. This course can be adapted for different professional groups. It is not a requirement to work exclusively in palliative and end-of-life care and it is possible to commission a course. If you need support for your staff in Advanced Communications or Difficult Conversations please complete our enquires forms with some information and one of our team will be in touch.

Want to know more?