This section includes information on our short courses and formal education programme.

Our Severn Hospice mission statement is:

‘To provide the best care and a better life for people living with an incurable or terminal illness, and those important to them ‘

As part of this the Education Department will:

Protect our staff, volunteers and patients, by providing excellent mandatory training.

Equip our staff to provide specialist palliative care from both internal and external sources.

Promote the work of the hospice and upskill external agencies to help them provide excellent palliative and end of life care through the education we offer – either through placements or teaching delivered on or off site.

Discover what palliative care could or should be through audit and research.

Normalise discussions regarding death and end of life care and empower others to have such conversations.


If you are interested in gaining experience of palliative care or working at Severn Hospice as part of a training rotation, please contact the education department on 01743 236565.

Education is a central part of our work. We have close links with healthcare professionals and volunteer agencies within Shropshire, Telford and Montgomeryshire. Our purpose-built facilities at our Shrewsbury and Telford hospices suit groups from 10 to 40, depending on the layout required. We also offer excellent in-house catering.

We have a programme of planned events and study days and we can design courses to suit the particular needs of your organisation. We can deliver tailored training at our hospices in Shrewsbury and Telford or at an alternative venue to suit you.

Please download the prospectus at the bottom of this page for all our latest courses.


Our trainers

Professor Derek Willis ( Dip Clin Ed)

Trained in medical education at Newcastle University. He held a Clinical Teaching Fellow post at University Hospital of North Durham for two years. He has also been responsible for co writing the Graduate Entry Medical Course at Birmingham University as well as holding  Honorary lectureships at Birmingham GP department and in the GP Department at the University of Auckland New Zealand. He is currently on the Association of Palliative Medicine’s Education Committee and is Chair of the 2016 Palliative care Congress. He is Professor of palliative medicine at the University of Chester.


Garry kirlewGarry Kirlew (PGCE)

Qualified as a nurse in 1987.  Gained a post graduate certificate in education in 2003.  Garry has worked at Severn Hospice since 1991 as a Deputy Charge Nurse and Outreach Nurse and as  Lecturer/Practitioner since 2003.  He has taught in India and Sweden and presented at The Indian Association of Palliative care Conferences.  He facilitates clinical nurse placements at the Hospice for Staffordshire University and teaches courses in palliative care to hospital and nursing home staff.  He has recently been involved in the development and teaching of City and Guilds levels 2 and 3 in Dying Awareness.

Find us

Full addresses, map and directions to our Shrewsbury and Telford sites can be found by clicking here.


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