In May 2021, NHS England published Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care, a framework that outlined their vision to improve end of life care through collaborative action by 2026. This was followed by the 2022 Health Care Act, which was amended to require specialist palliative care services to be provided in all settings. With the need for palliative and end of life care steadily increasing in the UK as the population continues to age, it is now more essential than ever to ensure that the workforce has the capacity to provide high-quality and accessible care. Through sharing best practice, the public sector can build upon their existing success and develop new strategies to improve care, tackle barriers to access, and better support care workers.

  • Between 2012 and 2021, the number of people in England dying with palliative needs increased by 19% (Marie Curie, 2023)
  • An estimated 90% of people who die in the UK need or would benefit from palliative and end of life care (NIHR, 2022)
  • Over the past 16 years, the proportion of people dying at their usual place of residence has been steadily increasing (Nuffield Trust, 2022)

Join us at The Palliative Care Conference 2024 to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts and those working at the forefront of delivering best practice palliative and end of life care. Engage with a series of best practice case studies showcasing successful partnership working, practical tips on tackling barriers to access, and strategies to support family and carers. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the field to discuss challenges you have faced in delivering high-quality and accessible end-of-life care.

Why Attend:
 Hear high-level keynotes on the latest updates and national guidance for end-of-life care

 Gain practical insights into providing personalised palliative care, coordinating care, and reducing health inequalities
 Engage with senior colleagues from across public and voluntary sectors to discuss strategies to deliver high-quality end-of-life care at home
 Gain 4 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Sonja McIlfatrick, Professor of Nursing and Palliative Care, Ulster University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Driving Improvements in End of Life and Palliative Care: National Update

    • Insights into the latest progress on achieving the Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A National Framework
    • Updates from the Health and Care Act 2022: Ensuring ICBs are providing the appropriate palliative care services for their local populations
    • Key strategies for improving access to services and providing personalised care
    • Advice on providing physical, emotional and practical support to people with a terminal illness

    Dr Sarah Holmes, Medical Director, Marie Curie (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Developing and Maintaining a Robust Palliative Care Workforce

    • Insights into the long term effects the changing palliative and end of life care landscape has had on the workforce
    • Key recommendations for supporting the mental health of health and social care workers and preventing burnout
    • Ensuring all staff have the training they need to support people who are dying and their loved ones
    • Reducing pressures on traditional NHS services by implementing specialist palliative and end of life services
    • Guidance on retaining staff and unpaid carers through support programme initiatives

    Peter Gibson MP, Chair, APPG: Hospice and End of Life Care (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Recognition and Support for Palliative Care in Dementia

    Gemma del toro, Service Manager/Clinical Lead, Dementia Palliative Care Team, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)



  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Comfort Break 

  • Breakout Networking: Enabling Patients to Die Comfortably at Home

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in providing at-home palliative and end-of-life care for those in need. We encourage you to share your strategies for providing emotional and wellbeing support for patients in addition to symptom management. Take this time to share your experiences and network with senior colleagues.

  • Developing Bespoke, Wrap-Around Care for Patients with Terminal Illnesses

    • Using digital technology to help create personalised approaches to care & decision-making that account for individual patient’s unique situation and preferences
    • Supporting clinical staff in shared clinical decision making within primary care
    • Utilizing palliative medicine capacity to meet increasing demand on services

    Samantha White, Lead Nurse Specialist Palliative & End of Life Care, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

    Emma Husbands, Specialist in Palliative Medicine, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Delivering Specialised Palliative Care Services for Children and Young People

    • Taking an active approach to care to ensure the highest possible quality of life for the child and support for the family
    • Guidance on introducing paediatric palliative care in a timely and compassionate manner
    • Key tips for building relationships with patients and families and conducting sensitive conversations
    • Advice on signposting parents and carers to additional bereavement and support services

    Laura Nohavicka, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care, Helen & Douglas House (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Providing End of Life Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

    • Insights into the health inequalities in palliative and end of life care faced by the homeless population
    • Strategies for improving joint working between community services to effectively meet the health needs of the homeless population
    • Utilising advanced care planning to ensure patients have control and choice in regard to their treatment plans
    • Practical advice on using accessible language to remove barriers to understanding conditions and treatment options

    Heidi McIntyre, Homeless Palliative Care Coordinator, St Ann’s Hospice (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be palliative care professionals from community and acute care settings in addition to healthcare executives and commissioners.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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