The Mary Stevens Hospice launches No Barriers Here: Train the Trainer programme

Categories: Care and Education.

The Mary Stevens Hospice is launching a training programme for healthcare professionals following their award winning No Barriers Here project.

No Barriers Here uses a model that adopts a public health approach to palliative care and advance care planning, working alongside communities who experience systematic differences and inequity accessing palliative care services and challenging the barriers that organisations often create.

The pilot project, funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, explored inequalities that people with learning disabilities experience.

No Barriers Here was developed in co-production with people with lived experience, using arts-based approaches to create alternative Advance Care Plan conversations.

The Mary Stevens Hospice received further funding from NHS Charities Together for a community-based action research project that is currently in progress; to improve access to palliative care for people who may be excluded by identity, culture, ethnicity, or race (ICER).

Gemma Allen, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at The Mary Stevens Hospice and No Barriers Here Project Lead, said “The attributes of the No Barriers Here model is proving to be an essential tool in engaging with and involving individuals in Advance Care Planning at a community level, particularly those who experience health, socio- economic, structural and systematic inequalities.

No Barriers Here has helped to shape valuable dialogue within our communities and empowers individuals to actively engage in early conversations about what matters most to them.

No Barriers Here challenges inequalities that some people experience at the end of life, particularly those populations who we know are underserved accessing equitable palliative and end of life care.

We wanted to develop a Train the Trainer programme to support healthcare professionals to deliver No Barriers Here workshops and share their learning with others. We received several enquiries from the Hospice sector and NHS about delivering this innovative programme in their locality and we could see a real demand from individuals and organisations who wanted to roll this out and make a positive difference to overcoming inequities in palliative care conversations in the UK.”

The Train the Trainer programme, developed and facilitated by Gemma Allen and Dr Jed Jerwood launches on the 18th March 2022 with a further two dates available during 2022.

The hospice are also able to deliver bespoke external organisation training packages. In addition to the Train the Trainer programme and No Barriers Here (ICER), The Mary Stevens Hospice are planning to deliver No Barriers Here workshops within hostel and temporary accommodation settings with people experiencing homelessness during 2022/23 as part of a new service.

No Barriers Here won the Hospice UK Tackling Inequality Award 2021 and was a finalist for the Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2021.
For more information about No Barriers Here: Train the Trainer, upcoming dates or your organisation could book a bespoke training, please contact

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