School Details

Date: 23-27 July 2018

Location: The school will be held at Hestmonceux, Castle, Wartling Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN 

Cost: The cost for the five-day residential school is £1,050 (early bird rate until 31 March 2018); thereafter it is £1,200. Additional on-going mentorship is available at £1,000 per person though discounts may be available if 2 or more participants come from the same organisation.

What's included: Accommodation Monday to Thursday and all meals from Monday lunch to Friday lunch, course materials and resources. The school starts at 9.00-9.30 on the Monday morning and finishes at 3.00 on the Friday afternoon.

Previous experience needed: All that is needed is a willingness to explore new ways of working and an enthusiasm for person-centred care.

How to register:  Click here to download the brochure and registration form.

Any extras: You will need to pay your own transport costs to and from the venue, you may choose to stay on the Sunday night before the school (cost £50 in 2017), any additional drinks in the evening or alcoholic drinks.

Is funding available: Most participants are funded by their trusts or employers. In some cases, participants have accessed funds from their trust charity.

Facilities at venue: Participants have single rooms in the residence block which is a short distance from the castle (in the castle grounds) with basic student type rooms and facilities including a bathroom, TV and a kettle in or near to your room. Additionally, there is a small gym and basketball court available for you to use. There is a bar inside the castle, which opens in the evenings.

Course outline: Day 1 begins with participants and facilitators working together to create a person-centered learning environment to support the journey over the five days. Person-centredness remains a strong theme as participants start to explore the principles of practice development and underpinning theoretical perspectives. Day 2 focuses on evaluating effectiveness, emphasizing the value of evaluation in practice as an opportunity for learning, not just measuring and reporting. The role of an effective workplace culture is the focus of day 3, with activities helping participants reflect on their own workplace cultures and the opportunities there may be for strengthening them. On day 4, participants have the chance to examine and reflect on their skills in facilitation, along with considering how facilitative leadership can better enable engagement with others and the development of supportive relationships. Finally, day 5 brings the chance to reflect on and share learning as well as time for action planning to translate this all back to practice.

Facilitators: The school is led by skilled and experienced practice development facilitators. Click here to see the April 2016 facilitators' biographies.