OxCERPC & Sobell House - Training Day

The training day will focus upon issues surrounding death, dying and grieving in the contemporary setting. Considering different demographic groups, we will look at impacts upon children, upon adolescents and young adults, the impact of digital presence, and social impacts of death & grief. Suitable for: all healthcare and social care professionals eg bereavement counsellors and team members, palliative care professionals, Chaplains/spiritual and pastoral care workers, social workers, art and music therapists, psychologists, GPs, paramedics.

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James Norris – Founder : MyWishes & Digital Legacy Association

James Norris is the founder of the Digital Legacy Association and MyWishes. James researches and develops end of life technologies, apps and websites. He organises the annual Digital Legacy Conference and publishes regular tutorials helping to empower both professionals and the general public. James runs educational workshops, has consulted various governments and provides thought leadership in digital death, bereavement, technology and the internet.

Dr Jo Wilson BSc (Hons), RGN, DipHSM, BA (Hons), PhD.

Jo is a registered nurse (adult) and team leader of family and bereavement support at Helen and Douglas House (children’s hospice). She is a facilitator of advanced communication skills training and a qualified coach. Prior to her appointment to this role she was Nurse Consultant at the Royal Free Hospitals London NHS Foundation Trust and led three palliative care teams (two hospital teams, and one community), led advance care planning across the trust, and additionally set up and clinically supervised a bereavement service supporting families during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Her PhD focused on how senior health care professionals recognise dying and negotiate decision-making with patients and their families. She has co-led writing national guidance on care after death and Registered Nurse Verification of Expected Adult Death.

Dr Emily Harrop MBBS BSc DCH FRCPCH PhD Dip Pal Med

Emily has been a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care at Helen & Douglas House Hospices since 2010, and the Medical Director since 2019. She is also an Honorary Consultant at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. She is active in research in the field of pain & symptom management and mentors postgraduate research students in the field of palliative medicine. Emily undertook her specialist palliative care training at Great Ormond Street Hospital (including a post graduate diploma in Palliative Medicine); before this she completed a PhD in Neuroscience (Infant Pain) as well as some postgraduate training in Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology. Her other roles include Research Lead of the Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPM) and joint Chair of the Thames Valley Paediatric Palliative Care Network (TVPCN). Emily has acted as the Co-chair of the WHO Guidelines on the management of chronic pain in children (2020) and the Deputy Chair of the NICE Clinical Guideline Development Group for End-of-Life care in Babies, Children & Young People (NG61). She is currently co-Clinical Lead for CYP Palliative and End of Life Care in NHS South East England.

Emma Jordan – Youth and Transition Worker – Helen & Douglas House Hospice

Emma is a fully qualified and experienced Youth Worker. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing the provision of youth and transition support at Helen and Douglas House and has worked for the organisation caring for young people since 2006. She has been the Youth and Transition Worker for approximately five years.
Emma has worked in various settings throughout her career supporting young people from all backgrounds: residential schools, medical units, residential trips, sailing adventures, youth groups, hospices, and youth clubs.
Emma’s experience and wealth of knowledge gained from working with children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, has informed the nature of the support provided to the young people in her current role. Her other responsibilities include advocating for the young people she supports, being a qualified Young Person Mental Health first aider and being an ‘all-round wellbeing guru’!

Emma is passionate about normalising disability and enabling young people to see beyond societal barriers to achieve the best they can. Her dissertation focused on one important aspect of this: Sexuality and Disability, which is an overlooked area of need. Many young people who have discussed their own experiences over the years voiced that there is still an overwhelming negative societal attitude towards this, and that it needs to be addressed and normalised. Emma has raised the profile of this topic at Helen and Douglas House and has provided training, updated Sexuality Policies, and implemented Care Plans to highlight the importance of this subject.

Rosa Mowles-Van der Gaag – Sibling Team Leader – Helen & Douglas House Hospice

Rosa has been one of the Sibling Team leaders at Helen and Douglas House Children’s hospice since 2017 and works with groups and with children and young people on a one-to-one basis. She has extensive experience of supporting children and families who have experienced the loss of a sibling or have a terminally ill child. Using evidence-based therapeutic approaches she helps them navigate the complex emotions and challenges that arise in the aftermath of a sibling’s death, new diagnosis or life changing event. She focuses on rebuilding family relationships following loss and works with children to process their grief and find generative ways to cope. She has undertaken Media work in her field. Rosa runs experiential seminars to develop staff competencies in working imaginatively with distressed families and children. Rosa has an MA in Educational Psychology and wrote her dissertation on the evaluation of patient services. She also has a Diploma in Family Therapy. Previously she worked on an inpatient CAHMs unit at the Warneford hospital experiencing a range of mental health problems including eating disorders and has extensive experience of working with young people.

Elizabeth Rapa – Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dept Psychiatry, University of Oxford
Louise Dalton – Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dept Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Others TBC

Course programme

  • Death & Grief in the Digital Age

  • Childrens’ approached to death & dying

  • Grief issues affecting young adults

  • Cultural Differences in approached to death & grieving

Course Aims

  • Consider contemporary issues in death and grief in more detail

  • Appreciate how different factors affect different generations

  • Deepen understanding of the diverse issues faced by people approaching death/experiencing grief

  • Analyse ways in which health & social care professionals can help those to whom they offer care

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Michael Sobell Hospice 
Palliative Care Department
Mount Vernon Hospital, Gate 3
Northwood HA6 2RN
United Kingdom

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