Training & Education

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – The Cranford Hospice Education team will contact you regarding pre-booked training.

Our training and education programmes support Hawke’s Bay health professionals to achieve the best possible care for patients in our region. Our courses cover a range of topics, including pain management, caring for patients with dementia, last days of life, loss and grief, and addressing your own needs as healthcare professionals.

Healthcare professionals are invited to take a look at our upcoming course and education programme, and to get in touch with any questions. Please note that  if COVID-19 Alert Levels change this could prevent the way we offer this training. We will update you accordingly.

NEW – Syringe Driver Blended Learning option.

We will be making some changes to the delivery of the Hospice New Zealand Syringe Driver Competency Programme. While we will continue to offer our 2.5 hour face to face Initial Syringe Driver workshops, we are excited to offer a new blended learning approach, consisting of 2 hours online training, followed by a 1.5 hour practical competency workshop. You must complete the Online training before attending the workshop.

There is no cost for completing the online course. The cost for attending the Syringe driver workshop at Cranford Hospice is $25.00.
RN’s & EN’s can now register for the online Syringe Driver Competency Programme at here or by visiting the Hospice NZ Website

If you would like to book on the face to Initial or Refresher workshop please see details below.
Please call us 06 878 7047 or email if you would like further information

External Programme 2021

Breakfast Lecture Programme 2021

  • Syringe Driver Initial Training - $65

    29 September 20211:30pm - 4:00pm
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    To increase knowledge and skills in the use of the NIKI-T34 syringe driver to administer continuous subcutaneous infusions. All participants are expected to hold a current New Zealand Nursing Council Practicing Certificate.

    Suitable for Registered and Enrolled Nurses providing palliative care.

    To attain certification each nurse is required to: Attend the workshop with the opportunity to become familiar with a syringe driver and complete a practical competency assessment on the day and complete a written assessment obtaining 80% minimum in the short answer question section and 100% in the drug calculations section.

    A Specialist Palliative Care Nurse will run the workshop and be available to assist you on the day.

    This Syringe Driver Full Competency Training Workshop provides 4 hours of continuing education.

    Click here to register your place on this training course today.

  • Syringe Driver Refresher Training - $25

    13 October 20212:00pm to 3:30pm
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    An update session which aims to reinforce and refresh knowledge and practical skills required when managing a continuous subcutaneous infusion.

    Suitable for Registered and Enrolled Nurses providing palliative care who have completed the full competency workshop in the past 2 years.

    This Syringe Driver Annual Update workshop provides 2.5 hours of continuing education.

    Click here to register your place on this training course today.

  • MasterClass - Dying in a Different Culture - CANCELLED - Due to COVID-19 Alert Levels -

    23 September 20218:30am - 4:30pm
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    Dying in Different Cultures

    ‘Dying in Different Cultures’ – Masterclass – CANCELLED

    We are very sorry to advise that the Dying in a Different Culture – Masterclass has been cancelled.

    Unfortunately we are unable to hold education sessions in the DHB Mihiroa Whare until we are in COVID-19 Alert Level 1 – and as much as we all hope that we might be, we know that many people need to know sooner for rostering/arrangements etc.

    We are very aware that many of you will be as disappointed as we are with this decision, as you have been looking forward to this Masterclass. We really hope that we might be able to offer similar sessions again next year and will keep you updated.

    In the meantime continue to take care and thank you for all for what each of you do to care for others during these challenging days.

    Ngā mihi

    Any queries please contact the Cranford Hospice Education team or

  • Breakfast Lecture #9 - Prognosis in Palliative Care - NOW A ZOOM WEBINAR - Free

    07 October 20217:30am to 8:30am
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    Now available via Zoom Webinar
    From September 2021 the Lecture series will be hosted on the Zoom platform, and delivered via webinar, in partnership with Mobile Health. The lecture will be accessed via the internet and a Zoom account is not required to access the webinar.

    Individuals now have the option to access the webinars via a smartphone, tablet or computer connected to the internet.

    As usual, this education opportunity is designed for healthcare professionals with an interest in palliative care and now has the potential benefit of expanding the current audience, to include rural health providers, and healthcare professionals practicing in and from remote locations.

    Lecture #9 – Prognosis in Palliative Care

    Presented by Professor Paddy Stone.
    Marie Curie chair in palliative & end of life care, University College London.

    Instructions for individuals to register:
    Individuals may access the lectures via a smartphone, tablet or computer connected to the internet.
    You can download the flyer at this link –

    On the pdf flyer, you will see a link at the bottom of the page to register for the webinar. Simply click through the link and answer the short questionnaire, and you’ll be registered.

    Following registration, you will receive an email confirming your registration and link to join the session. This link is unique to you. Please don’t share it.

    Should you require an attendance certificate, you will need to fill out the post-lecture evaluation, the link for which will be provided at the end of the lecture, and make sure to provide your email.

    Certificates will be sent electronically to the individual who has registered and completed the online survey. Attending the lecture is as simple as attending a zoom.

    Once we are back to a COVID-19 Alert Level that allows education to be held in Elms House, Cranford Hospice we will continue to host these webinars onsite as well.

  • Build Your Knowledge - new date 5th November 2021 - $85.00

    05 November 20219:00am - 4:30pm
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    Build Your Knowledge

    A study day with Nurse Practitioner Michelle Rodda, Cranford Hospice, for RN’s & EN’s who have completed the Fundamentals of Palliative Care and wish to deepen their assessment skills and palliative care symptom management knowledge.
    Learning will be through care based discussions and small group problem solving.

    Bookings Required

  • Hospice NZ Palliative Care for Caregivers - $65

    09 November 20219:00am - 4:30pm
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    This course is specifically designed for care givers and HCA’s working in the community or ARC, providing palliative and end of life care. The course will improve their knowledge and understanding of palliative care by exploring a number of topics including the palliative care philosophy, pain and symptom management, communication and support, the last days of life and bereavement.

    One of the strengths of the course is that it is only for caregivers, it values the contribution they make to people, family and whānau care. It is highly interactive and participants need to feel comfortable enough to join in with the activities and discussions and share their experiences.

    Click here to register your place on this training course today.