NHS Manchester University

Welcome to SAGE & THYME ®

SAGE & THYME: a communication skills workshop about listening to people who are worried.

We now have online versions of some of our training - see here

You can book spaces on our existing online or face-to-face training dates in Manchester, or you can contact us for prices to organise SAGE & THYME training (online or face-to-face) specifically for your organisation.

 

‘SAGE & THYME’ is a mnemonic that provides a memorable structure for conversations, based on the evidence behind effective communication skills: Setting – Ask – Gather – Empathy – Talk – Help - You – Me – End.  

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The SAGE & THYME foundation level workshop is taught to 30 participants in 3 hours by three trained SAGE & THYME facilitators, using group work, a presentation and conversation rehearsals.

The SAGE & THYME Online workshop (equivalent to SAGE & THYME Foundation Level and delivered normally on Zoom) is taught to 20 participants in 2 hours 45 min by two trained SAGE & THYME facilitators, using group work, a presentation and conversation rehearsals.

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There are over 10 publications on SAGE & THYME.

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The SAGE & THYME foundation level workshop has been adopted by over 60 NHS Trusts, CCGs, charities, councils, universities and hospices around the UK.

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Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), teaches (via the SATFAC course) and licences other organisations to deliver SAGE & THYME foundation level workshops to their staff, students and volunteers.

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The SAGE & THYME for advance care planning workshop (S&T ACP) was developed with the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network.  It teaches effective communication skills to open an advance care planning conversation, and is suitable for GPs, community matrons and other staff who have experience of advance care planning.  

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Wish I'd had it at the start of my career!

I have used SAGE & THYME in lots of conversations, personal and professional. I believe that it has been the most influential training I have been on and I plan to continue to use. I have also now delivered the training to Nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the feedback was very similar to my own experience of the training. Wish I'd had it at the start of my career!

Donna Dickinson,Senior Psychological Therapist,South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

Latest news

SAGE & THYME Online - delegate feedback results

16 December 2021

We have evaluated feedback from 18 SAGE & THYME Online workshops run, with 214 of the 255 attendees (84%) completing an online feedback survey.

In summary:

  • 99% of learners felt that the training would influence their practice
  • 99% felt more confident about listening and responding to concerns
  • 95% felt more willing to talk to emotionally troubled people after the training
  • 93% would definitely recommend the training to others

We have produced an infographic summarising the findings.

The infographic can be downloaded from here.