Complementary Therapies

Holistic approaches to symptom management in specialist palliative care

This three module programme is designed to provide health care professionals such as Nurses, HCA’s, Complementary Therapists and Allied professionals with skills to enhance their existing role. 

Each module will guide the learner through a variety of complementary approaches that can be utilised when supporting patients with specialist paliative care needs. 

The programme will provide a foundation or special interest level of training which can provide new skills, enhance existing roles and for qualified therapists the programme is suitable for CPD.

Module 1

24th May 2014, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Pre requisites: None

Cost: £65 per person

Module Title:

Massage techniques: To calm, soothe and release tension; Effective use of acupressure for symptom management.

This module focuses on massage techniques that are appropriate to a patient with specialist palliative care needs and that can be incorporated into a daily care regime.

11 Key acupuncture points will be practised within the programme that supports a variety of symptoms including restlessness, pain and nausea.


  • The concept of massage in Specialist Palliative Care
  • The care giver's role
  • Considerations and contraindications
  • Massage techniques
  • Acupressure techniques
  • Application of theory

By the end of the session you will have explored the role of the care giver and be able to put into practise a variety of massage and acupressure techniques that will enable you to reflect on and which can be used to enhance your existing role.

Module 2

3rd September 2014, 9.30 – 4.30

Pre requisites: None

Cost: £65 per person

Module Title:

Guided visualisation: to calm the mind and promote distraction from symptoms and anxiety.

During this module we will explore how we utilise description of the senses to provoke imagination, the use of tone and the power of words to guide the mind.


  • What is visualisation and why it is used in specialist palliative care
  • Developing the use of description in relation to the senses.
  • The use of tone and pace during communication.
  • Connecting with the subconscious.
  • Structuring suggestion.
  • Planning and delivering a guided visualisation
  • Safety surrounding the use of visualisation

By the end of the session you will be able to reflect on how these elements impact on general communication and will have practised creating and delivering a guided visualisation.

Module 3

8th November  2014, 9.30 – 4.30

Pre requisites: None

Cost: £65 per person

Module Title:

Gentle touch techniques: promoting care through touch techniques to support patients and their Carers.

During this module we will explore the impact of touch in the therapeutic environment as a form of wordless communication.

We will review a traditional view of the body and its energy systems and identify how the emotions can be influenced.


  • The impact of touch as a form of wordless communication
  • Appropriate and inappropriate touch
  • Cultural taboos in relation to touch
  • Traditional uses of touch as therapy
  • Qi and the emotions
  • Holding points of the body and face to support the emotions.

By the end of the session you will have gained a broader understanding of the body as a whole and will have practised a variety of gentle touch techniques that can be used independently or within your existing role.

For further information on courses please contact Heather Dawn on

To book your place on any module download a booking form and learner profile below and return it to:

Angela Sibbit, The Prince of Wales Hospice, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4BG. Tel: 01977 781483.

Training for healthcare professionals

The hospice hosts and enables seminars to give healthcare professionals the confidence and knowledge to deal with palliative care issues in their job.

Topics for future seminars include:

  • Management of breakthrough pain
  • Difficult decisions
  • Ethical dilemmas

Please contact Janet Millard in the clinical team by calling 01977 781471 if there is a palliative care issue you would like to suggest for future training.

We also invest in educating and training tomorrow’s healthcare professionals in palliative care. We host intensive one-day introductions to palliative care for pre-registration medical students from the Leeds School of Medicine six times a year. Feedback from this well- evaluated programme shows we are helping to demystify hospice care.

Training the hospice care team

All our staff are trained in-house and externally in a way that links clearly to the competencies required for their role.

Where possible our training is co-ordinated with other palliative care providers, such as Macmillan Cancer Care and our neighbouring hospices, to share knowledge and ensure resources are effectively used.