Leading specialist services

Leading specialist services

Specialist services support people with a range of complex conditions including people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental illnesses and social care is provided in many different forms, ranging from some extra help around the house and assistance with washing and dressing, through to help with building positive relationships, access to specialist equipment, or full-time residential care. The care a person receives is dependent on their specific needs. The team of carers and their manager will have specialist training and understanding of individual complex needs and professional updating will be key to support people in line with enablement and best practice guidelines. A registered manager of a specialist service will undertake continuing professional development that qualifies them as a lead practitioner in their field and a mentor and leader to their team.

Resources for Leading specialist services

Caring for people at the end of life

Provider: Care Management Matters

June 6, 2023

This episode of CMM OFF THE PAGE explores how to achieve excellence in end of life care and discusses the importance of choice for people living in a care setting at the end of their life. Podcast co-host Nadra Ahmed CBE, Executive Chairman at The National Care Association, highlights how care homes should consider cultural needs and Paula Plaskow, End of Life and Palliative Care Lead at Jewish Care, recalls how the organisation has gone above and beyond to create lasting memories for families and for people at the end of life. Podcast speaker Claire Towns, Chief Executive of Mary Stevens Hospice, shares strategies on how to support the workforce when dealing with a bereavement and Claire Henry MBE, a consultant in end of life care, offers her recommended resources and training to help providers with their continued professional development.

Domestic abuse and sexual violence

Provider: East Sussex County Council

If you are a worker or volunteer in the area of domestic abuse, sexual violence or violence against women and girls (VAWG), the team at East Sussex has issued a training prospectus for 2023-24 which has a range of courses you may be interested in.

The training is provided by various partners, including the Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and the commissioned domestic abuse service, CGL.

The prospectus has course details (online and face to face), booking details, and costs if applicable. Course links will provide more detail around the course content, audience, and duration.

End of Life and verification of death tra

Provider: Care Business Associate Training

The objective of this course is to equip healthcare professionals with all the information and skills they require to provide expert, compassionate care to patients who are in the final stages of their life.

Some key areas that this course covers includes:

  • End of life healthcare standards, legislation, and guidelines.
  • Person-centred end of life care plans.
  • How to recognise when someone is entering the last stages of their life.
  • Symptoms and pain relief during the last stages of life.
  • After death care and support available for family members.
  • Verification and certification of death.
  • Providing sensitive and compassionate care to patients and their families.

Once you have completed this short training course you will receive a certificate that formally recognises your competence in providing specialist end of life care and death verification to nationally recognised standards.

Enhanced health in care homes

Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) is a national framework and a NHS programme that is centred on the needs of individuals living in a care home setting.

A key component of the programme is that care homes receive support from their local multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of health and social care professionals.

Members of the MDT can:

  • make home rounds
  • undertake health reviews to help maintain personalised care and support plans
  • offer training and development for staff
  • deliver shared decision-making medication reviews
  • support care homes around managing medicines

More information:

NHS: enhanced health in care homes programme

Sussex Digital team

or contact [email protected] for a print or digital copy of a poster outlining the work of the Sussex Health & Care Enhanced Health in Care Homes programme.

European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care (ECEPC)

Provider: St Wilfrid’s Hospice

ECEPC is a highly respected qualification for medical and nursing staff, paramedics and allied health professionals including nursing and physician associates from acute, community and hospice settings who would like a qualification in palliative care. All participants should have direct contact with patients requiring a palliative approach and care needs.

The course is run entirely as a distance learning course (between September and November 2023) and the assessment has been adapted to be undertaken remotely. It is coordinated by Princess Alice Hospice and run by various hospices around the country, including St Wilfrid’s Hospice Chichester.

Dates: Our next intake is Autumn 2023 cohort:-

11th September 2023 – Course launch event via Zoom 18.00 to 19.30 hrs with the local launch 19.30 to 20.00 hrs (via Microsoft Teams)

15th November 2023 – Remote assessment day via zoom – 0930 hrs to 1400 hrs (latest slot)

Price: £500.00 Staff working in hospices in the UK can apply to Hospice UK for funding for 50% of this cost.


Provider: Education for Health

Person-centred approaches to care will be at the centre of this Frailty as a Long Term Condition Level 7 module‘s content.

Successful students will develop as leaders in the delivery of person-centred care, and progress their skills and knowledge in relation to the complexity of living with frailty. It will enhance your knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes in relation to current treatment, management and risk avoidance of different aspects and challenges of frailty.

The importance of excellent communication skills and effective collaborative working will be emphasised and explored in relation to the person living with frailty. Current key legislation, local, national and international drivers will be explored and applied to the management within your organisation. You will also critically review the interface of health and social care.

Palliatative Care-What’s best for Lily?

Symptom Management in the last days of life

Provider: St Wilfrid’s Hospice

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