Projects and partnerships

Here at St Luke’s we believe that end of life care should be readily accessible and available to all, wherever you may be. We work in partnership with a variety of local organisations to create ambassadors for end of life care to improve the quality of end of life care in that community. Some of current projects are listed below. To find out more or if you would like to get involved with any of our projects then please get in touch.

Our work with homeless communities

We work alongside a number of partner organisations in the city that are providing support for the homeless. We will train staff and volunteers to recognise when the physical condition and behaviour of a homeless person is deteriorating and that end of life may be approaching. This programme is free to those who work or volunteer within the homeless community and enables them to become end of life ambassadors.

The programme will cover the following topics:

  • Recognising end of life care in the homeless population
  • Primary causes of death in homeless population
  • End of life discussions with hostel residents
  • Planning ahead for end of life care
  • Information on drugs and alcohol in end of life care
  • Understanding the impact of loss
  • Bereavement support for residents and staff
  • Spiritual care in end of life care

Upon completion of the course, ambassadors will:

  • Be able to recognise that someone may be at end of life
  • Be able to signpost to end of life services and support
  • Hold supportive conversations
  • Support people general well being through compassion

For more information, bookings or provisional bookings, please contact St Luke’s education team on 01752 964250 or email

Our work with learning disabilities

We are working in partnership with Health and Social Care Services, Learning Disabilities Board (Service Users) and Commissioners within Plymouth and the surrounding areas to achieve a person-centred end of life care strategy for individuals with learning disabilities.

In partnership we work alongside local organisations and care agencies, responding to the need for equality and choice for individuals with learning disabilities at end of life.

We are currently working with:

Plymouth People First

Livewell Southwest – Community Learning Disabilities Team

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust – Learning Disabilities Team

Durnford Society

Two Trees Care Homes

Honeybourne Care Home

Plymouth City Council


The partnership programme responds to local need but primarily has three key work streams:

  • Influencing Health and Social Care Commissioning Strategy
  • Implementing an Integrated Care Pathway
  • Educational/workforce development and raising public awareness.

Through working together as a partnership, an end of life steering group has been created. As a result of the steering group, a future end of life care plan document for individuals with learning disabilities has been launched. The visually-driven booklet supports people to think, talk about and write down how and where they would like to be cared for in the future. It also helps to inform future decision making if they are not in a position to either make and/or communicate their health or social care choices at a later date.

For more information on the programme, please contact St Luke’s education team on 01752 964250 or email

Resources and downloads can be found here.

You can also access our Easy Read documents for Future Care Plans, Support Staff Guidance and Feedback Form.