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SAGE & THYME® Level 1 Communication Skills Training


The SAGE AND THYME® level 1 half-day training course is a foundation level communication skills workshop developed by a multidisciplinary team at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in response to the publication of NICE guidance for Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer (2004).

It is designed to give staff the tools to carry out level 1 psychological assessment and support to distressed patients.  

Each workshop lasts for 3 hours.  Places are limited to 30 per workshop.  This workshop provides a framework to hearing and responding to patient or relatives concerns in order to provide general psychological support.  The transferable skills gained by attending this workshop can be applied to any situation where an individual is showing signs of distress or concern including end of life and advance care planning conversations if this part of your role.

The workshop is open to all levels of health and social care staff, such as social workers, doctors, nurses, HCAs, porters, receptionists, volunteers, care workers and anyone who may come into contact with patients and their relatives or carers.  Police, prison officers and staff working in the emergency services may also find this course useful.

The price of the workshop is £60 but Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network and Cumbria and Lancashire End of Life Network fund places on these courses for staff working in key roles within cancer and end of life services.

To find out more and to book your place, please contact:

Claire Jones

NHS Contracts Administration

School of Health

University of Central Lancashire



T: 01772 893840 E:


As many of the issues surrounding this training are about dealing with distress and end of life, it can be an emotional experience.  It is not advisable to attend if you have recently undergone any personal recent serious ill-health or suffered the bereavement of a loved one.

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