Another Successful Santa RunAnother Successful Santa Run

Over 200 people officially started their Christmas by joining in the Darlington Santa [ ... ]

Giving to Life Tree

The Giving to Life Tree will return to Darlington’s Cornmill Centre again [ ... ]

Christmas Tombola

We will be holding our annual Christmas tombola from the 2nd – 16th Decem [ ... ]

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Training & Education

St Teresa's Hospice has an education strategy, which aims to:

  • Provide all staff and volunteers with the skills and knowledge essential for effective performance in the individual roles
  • Support career development for their staff in relation to their job description and role
  • Enhance the skills and knowledge of other healthcare professionals and promote palliative care outside the hospice
  • Ensure that education and training needs are linked into the hospice business plan and needs for the future. Taking into account relevant publications, legislation , current research and documentation


  • The Wolfson Suite has a modern lecture room which can be broken into two rooms for smaller groups.
  • Equipment available is: Laptop, projector, flipchart, and whiteboard.
  • There is also a small Library.

Staff Training

Typical training for staff at the Hospice includes: 

  • Two day induction programme for all new staff
  • Personal induction programme tailored to individual needs
  • Personal performance and development reviews
  • Manual handling training
  • NVQ111
  • Introduction to counselling skills
  • Access to Teesside university courses
  • Child protection
  • Introduction to Palliative care nursing
  • Bereavement support training

The Hospice encourages staff to maintain and continue their own professional development and supports staff in diploma and degree courses, NVQ courses and attendance at conferences within their specialist field

Training for local community Healthcare Organisations

St Teresa's Hospice has been approved by Teesside University to provide placements for student nurses and other health care professionals. Senior house officers on Palliative care training programmes are accommodated under the supervision of the Hospice Palliative care consultant.

Community Training

A typical community training programme may include:

  • Bereavement care
  • Understanding and assessing pain
  • Symptom control
  • Integrated care Pathway
  • Communication
  • Philosophy of Palliative care

The Aim is to improve the quality of life for people who experience terminal illness whether directly or indirectly.

To Achieve this our education activities contribute to a better understanding of pain and symptom control, enhancing communication skills and disseminating knowledge to other professional and non-professionals in order to raise the standard of Palliative Care.


The Hospice's Education Manager can be contacted via the main telephone number 01325 254321