NHS Manchester University

Welcome to SAGE & THYME ®

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


‘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.  

Read testimonials

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.

Find out more about  the SAGE & THYME foundation level workshop

There are over 10 publications on SAGE & THYME.

See the papers, reports, independent evaluations and textbooks on SAGE & THYME

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

Read case studies

See which organisations run the workshop

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

Find out about running the SAGE & THYME foundation level workshop in your organisation

Find training dates

See prices

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.  

Find out more about SAGE & THYME ACP

Click on 'About SAGE & THYME' to see the menu of pages for this web site.

Find out more about us

SATFAC delegate feedback

“Thank you for a wonderful three days of training. Exhausting but so very exhilarating.”

Steve Molyneux, Patient & Family Psychological Therapist, St Joseph's Hospice

Latest news

Study day for SAGE & THYME facilitators and organisers

20 August 2018

This year’s Study Day is on Tuesday 13th November at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

The event includes: presentations from organisations running SAGE & THYME training across the UK; updates from the SAGE & THYME team on issues such as the change in the way SATFAC feedback is given and running the workshop; and an interactive discussion session.

We recommend that at least one person for each SAGE & THYME licence attends the day to ensure that your organisation is up to date on any new developments.

The early bird fee (for booking before 17 September 2018) is £60 per person and the fee thereafter is £80 per person.  Fees charged simply cover the costs.

We are currently organising speakers and workshops, and will advertise the programme once finalised.

Delegates from 2017 SAGE & THYME study day