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

We have created two short films (less than 5 minutes) to support health workers with their worries during the COVID-19 pandemic - see here.

 

‘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 using three 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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Being a S&T facilitator

"Training SAGE & THYME is one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life.  It creates real 'light bulb' moments of participants as they start to appreciate patient empowerment and the fact that they are not expected or required to have all the answers."

Katherine Hopkins, Macmillan Nurse Consultant, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Coping with COVID-19 anxiety

6 April 2020

Many health workers are currently feeling anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have therefore created two short films (5 minutes or less) to provide some support:

  • the first can be used by individuals to help them work through their worries
  • the second can be used by team leaders to support staff who are anxious.

To access the films, click here.

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