Education and training

Countess Mountbatten House (CMH) is proud of its achievements in education in palliative care, and of the commitment of all staff to education. This has been recognised by the Department of Health, which in 2000 awarded CMH with a NHS Beacon for its education and training programme in palliative care.

Our education team was established following generous funding from Friends of Countess Mountbatten House in 1995. It is based in the newly established Education and Research Resource Centre, and has two seminar rooms, meeting rooms, a library, staff offices and audio-visual resources.

Courses and workshops

Education provision includes teaching on the undergraduate and postgraduate medical, nursing and other professional education programmes. The team has developed an expertise in interprofessional undergraduate education and has published in this area. Postgraduate training is offered to other professionals such as GPs, district nurses, nursing home staff, home carers, pharmacists etc. The team also responds to specific needs by tailor-making courses to the needs of those who commission courses. This may also include family carers and non-professionals.

The team is continuously exploring opportunities to develop its education and research to ensure that it meets the educational needs of all professional groups working in palliative care, and welcomes requests for commissioning of education and offers of collaboration.

In 1998 the CMH teaching network was launched and now consists of a wide range of CMH staff. It aims to improve the skills and interest of all staff in the area of education through:

  • Microteaching
  • Joint teaching
  • Observing others' teaching
  • Peer observation and feedback
  • Access to teaching resources
  • Regular teaching network meetings
  • Biannual newsletters

Audit and research

Academic members of the CMH education team are actively engaged in palliative care research. The team also contributes extensively to the knowledge base in palliative care through publications, articles, and presentations at conferences, both in the UK and internationally.