St Catherine's Hospice placements - doctors discuss a patient chart

St Catherine’s Hospice placements offer a range of opportunities to enhance learning about death, dying, palliative care, and bereavement.

Clinical Student Placements

Students undertaking Nursing and Occupational Therapy programmes at the Universities of Surrey and Brighton can join us for course-specific clinical placements with our nursing or therapies teams. To apply, click here.

We offer medical placements for undergraduate medical students from Brighton and Sussex Medical School as part of their curriculum. This includes a two day module and/or research placement during the fourth year, and an elective placement in year five. These placements are arranged via the Medical School.

Informal Placements

We offer informal placements of varying lengths for qualified clinicians and allied health professionals.

Our placements generally focus on the principles of palliative care, prescribing and other methods of symptom management, and understanding how the hospice can support patient and carers in conjunction with the doctor’s speciality. These placements are particularly relevant to General Practice, Care of the elderly and other medical specialities, however we can adapt placements to support individual learning needs and all applications will be considered.

To apply, please follow this link to our online form.

Counselling Placements

Students taking counselling courses, and counselling professionals, can join us for a placement after taking an initial training course and review. These placements are suitable for people who wish to gain experience in working with people who have a life limiting condition, their families and the bereaved.

Supervision will be provided free of charge and is given in groups which meet fortnightly. We will allow you to record sessions if that is a requirement of your course.

Our next course will run in September 2017. To join our waiting list, click here. For more information please contact our Patient and Family Support Team on 01293 447343.

Theological Students and Ordinands Placements

We offer two short placements a year for ordinands and theological students of any denomination, training for ministry in the church. Placements are normally up to 40 hours long and can be done as one or two blocks, or spread over several weeks. We can be flexible with timings and will try to meet your requirements.

For more information on applying please contact our Spiritual Care Lead, Lisa Rainier, at or on 01293 447332.

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