Education - What we do

We are a leading provider of specialist palliative care education in the North East.

We have been providing first-class quality care for over thirty years and are renowned locally, regionally and nationally for our expertise.

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Grief, Loss and Bereavement Training for employers

Bereavement is a huge challenge for employers as most of us will experience the death of a family member or close friend during our working lives. Death and dying are not easy subjects to talk about but they are issues that affect us all and have been at the forefront of our daily lives more so than ever during Covid-19.

Throughout the year, our Bereavement Team deliver online training sessions that are designed to help line managers and anyone responsible for staff to understand how to positively support a colleague back to work following the death of a loved one.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can support you or your organisation please email us at


Medical specialty training

We offer postgraduate training for Specialty Registrars. Dr Andrew Hughes, Consultant in Specialist Palliative Medicine oversees our doctors training programme. Andrew is a committee member and quality lead for the Northern Deanery.


Northern GP training programme

We lead the palliative care sessions Northern Deanery GP training programme. These take place twice a month at Coach Lane campus at Northumbria University and are led by our Consultants and specialty Doctors.

GP colleagues from Teesside also visit St Oswald’s for a week each Autumn to gain an overview and update in specialist palliative care.


Student placements

Fourth year medical students undertake a six week placement twice a year, supervised by one of our Consultants.

Third year CIDR students (Chronic Illness, Disease and Rehabilitation) attend teaching sessions at the Hospice for two and a half days a week, every month from January to June each year.

If you would like to enquire about placements, please contact Laura Lowther on