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Health professionals from Singapore are inspired
A team of healthcare professionals from Singapore has been inspired to improve services after a visit to Saint Francis Hospice.
Five representatives from an Agency for Integrated Care in Singapore attended a Spiritual Care workshop at the hospice's Pepperell Education Centre on Thursday (September 17th), as part of a four day visit to the UK to learn more about caring for people with life limiting illnesses.
The workshop, which was run by the Gold Standards Framework team, was designed to enable health care workers to look after the spiritual needs of patients as well as their physical and emotional needs.
"We are here to learn about palliative care and advanced care planning that have been developed in London and the UK," said Charlotte Wong.
"We do not have spirituality workshops like this in Singapore and we wanted to hear what they were about.
"We have certainly learned some things we can take back such as having a workshop of our own."
Charlotte also said the team were very impressed with the progress that the UK has made in getting people to talk more openly about dying and how effective initiatives such as Dying Matters Week have been.
Caroline Scates, Head of Education at the hospice, along with Anne MacLeod and Claude Chidiac, who are Lecturers in Palliative Care, also met with the team to share palliative care experiences before taking them on a tour of the education centre, its library and then the hospice services.
"We were delighted to host the event and share our palliative care experiences with the team," said Caroline.
"It is very interesting to learn about the care and service other countries and cultures provide for people with life limiting illnesses and share good practice."
Health care workers from Agency for Integrated Care visit Saint Francis Hospice and meet Claude Chidiac, Caroline Scates and Anne MacLeod (3rd, 4th and 5th from left respectively).