Training & Education

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.

Under COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework

The COVID-19 Public Health Response Order has been amended and mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 in the Health & Disability sector are now in effect.
The Health Order applies to all people working in New Zealand’s health system and as a health provider Cranford Hospice Trust has the obligation to be compliant with this mandate. All people attending Cranford Hospice education on-site, in Elms House, must be vaccinated.
If you are booked to attend any training we will be in contact if for any reason this can not go ahead.
If you have any queries please give us a call.

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.

The next date for the Syringe Driver Blended Learning option is Wednesday 27 July, 2.00pm – 3.30pm (Venue to be confirmed).

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

View our 2022 External Training Programme.

View our 2022 Breakfast Lecture Programme. 

  • Breakfast Lecture: Palliative Sedation Therapy (Now a Zoom webinar) - Free

    02 June 20227:30am to 8:30am
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    Now available via Zoom Webinar

    Unfortunately, we are unable to host these at Cranford Hospice – until further notice.
    The Lecture series is now 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.

    Palliative Sedation Therapy

    Dr Lana Ferguson FRACP, FAChPM
    Palliative Medicine Physician

    Dr Lana Ferguson is a palliative medicine physician in Hamilton, working across Hospice Waikato and Waikato Hospital sites. Lana has an interest in inpatient palliative medicine and complex pain management.

    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 HERE.

    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.
    NOTE: You Must PRE-REGISTER (individually) to receive your link to join the Webinar.

    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.

    You can email us for further information

  • Build Your Knowledge Masterclass 2: New date (November) - $85.00

    01 November 20229:00am - 4:30pm
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    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

  • Fundamentals of Palliative Care 2-Day Full Programme Workshop - $75

    15 September 2022-16 September 20229:00am - 4:30pm
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    The Fundamentals of Palliative Care programme will give you an overview of How to care for people with palliative care needs in your role as a healthcare worker. Being educated about Palliative Care will help you improve the assessment and outcomes for people in your care, their family and whānau, as well as yourself and other healthcare workers.

    This is now a blended learning programme to give an overview of Palliative Care. There are five online modules and three face to face Workshops.
    Start with Essence, then complete the other topics in any order:
    The Palliative Care Approach
    Managing Pain & Long-term Illnesses
    care & Support at the End of Life

    Register for Online Learning at Knowledge Hub – FOPC
    Once you have completed a topic, you will receive a certificate to recognise this online achievement.
    However, to complete the FULL programme you need to attend the three corresponding workshops.  These can be done individually or as a 2-Day option.
    NOTE: You must complete the online training before attending any workshops. Bookings required.

    Watch this short (2 min) introductory video for FOPC. It includes what is covered in the programme, how to sign up, what you need to do to complete the programme and where to go for support.

    The Palliative Approach Workshop on Day 1 focuses on the palliative care approach and how understanding ethics, communication & spirituality can help you improve as a healthcare worker and Support those receiving care.

    Care & Support at the End of Life also on Day 1 is about last days of life, loss & grief, with a focus on how to care for everyone and support people in care and their family and whānau.

    The Managing Pain & Long-term Illness Workshop is split into two sub-topics on Day 2.
    In Pain, Other Symptoms & Pharmacology you will learn the basics of pharmacology, and how to recognise pain and help people and their family and whānau through it.
    In Chronic Illness & Dementia you will learn how to recognise chronic illness and dementia, the challenges that people diagnosed with these face and how you can support them.

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

  • Masterclass - Dying in Different Cultures -

    19 July 20228:30am - 4:30pm
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    Please note that this masterclass is fully booked – email if you would like to be waitlisted.

    This Masterclass will be presented by a variety of speakers sharing personal and cultural experiences of end of life care. Due to it’s popularity in 2021 the Masterclass is being repeated but some speakers will be different.

    This Masterclass is in collaboration with the Hospital Palliative Care Team and held at the Education Auditorium at HBDHB


  • Hospice NZ Palliative Care for Caregivers - $75

    08 September 20229:00am - 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.

    You can email us for further information and / or bookings:

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


  • Syringe Driver: Initial Training - $65

    29 June 20221:30pm - 4:00pm
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    To increase knowledge and skills in the use of syringe drivers to administer continuous subcutaneous infusions. All participants are expected to hold a current New Zealand Nursing Council Practicing Certificate.

    Venue: To be advised.

    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.

    You can email us for further information and / or bookings:

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

  • Syringe Driver: Refresher Training - $25

    10 August 20222:00pm 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.

    Venue: To be advised.

    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.

    You can email us for further information and / or bookings:

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