Palliative Care Education in Oxford – then & now

Categories: Education.

Sobell Study Centre in Oxford was opened in 1988, and it has gone through many changes to become the Oxford Centre for Education and Research in Palliative Care (OxCERPC). What hasn’t changed is the principle of delivering high quality education to staff to enable the delivery of high-quality care.

Founded by Dr Robert Twycross, OxCERPC now delivers educational events to audiences locally, nationally and internationally, and is one of the leading UK education centres of palliative and end-of-life education.

We know that excellent end-of-life care cannot be delivered unless all staff, in whatever setting, are trained well, and so we provide courses suitable for health and social care practitioners from all professions and levels, as well as being involved in the education of local medical students.

We have made rapid changes to our delivery methods due to the Covid pandemic, so that during 2021 all of our education has been delivered in an interactive way through a virtual platform. Whilst we intend to continue this delivery in 2022, we also hope to be returning to some face to face education (restrictions allowing). We believe that this hybrid delivery will enable participants to choose how to obtain education and will also allow us to share expertise from international speakers and welcome a wider international audience. This will enable a deeper and richer learning experience for all.

We are excited to plan our next programme of events, including sessions on spiritual care, advanced ethics, psychiatry in end of life care, management of heart failure as the end of life approaches, all levels of communication skills training, and more!

We are also continuing to offer our flagship course instigated over 30 years ago – The Oxford Advanced Pain & Symptom Management course. In 2022 we will be offering a face to face course AND a pre-recorded course (same topics) – delegates have the choice of which to attend. For safety, there are only 250 places available for the face to face version.

For face to face bookings

For virtual bookings

We are a small dedicated team, and would love to hear from you if you have any questions about our courses. We pride ourselves on our personal approach, and enjoy developing links with practitioners around the world.

Please have a look at our website for more details of all our courses


Kate Butcher (Education Lead) MSc, BA(Hons), RN, DN, FAETC


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