2013 events

End of Life Care in Respiratory Disease

3–4 October 2013

St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, London

This course is aimed at nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and associated AHPS who would like to feel more confident with managing end of life care issues in respiratory disease. The course covers:

  • COPD: Acute and chronic symptom management
  • Case scenarios
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Communication skills – dealing with the distressed patient, breaking bad news
  • Anticipatory care needs and support for families
  • Models of end of life care: Liverpool Care Pathway, Gold Standards Framework and preferred place of care


Legal Issues in End of Life Care

18 September 2013

Cavendish Conference Centre, London

All Healthcare professionals will need to have an understanding of the legal and ethical framework that surrounds the care and treatment of patients who are nearing the end of their lives. This day provides a practical guide through the legislation and guidance surrounding ‘end of life’ care and will include use of DNACPR orders, the implications of withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatment, advance decisions and other relevant sections of the Mental Capacity Act.


Getting to the bottom of palliative care: topical issues for colorectal cancer

13 September 2013

Postgraduate common Room, St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow

The study day will highlight initiatives in end of life care, current thinking in palliative care, including coordinated care, spirituality interventions and care for people with symptoms associated with colorectal cancer.  There will also an opportunity for participants to share and exchange ideas with the leading practitioners in the field.

The day will be chaired by Professor Julia Verne, Clinical Lead for the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network.


Public Health England Annual Conference

10-11 September 2013

Warwick University

The Public Health England Conference will bring together participants from local authorities, the NHS, Public Health England and partner organisations who are working to protect and improve health and wellbeing reduce inequalities.

The conference will highlight the latest developments in public health research and practice. Workshop sessions will be run on both days and concurrent sessions will enable participants to create their own schedule and make the most of their time at the conference. Workshop themes are:

  • improving the wider determinants of health
  • health improvement
  • health protection
  • healthcare public health and preventing premature mortality
  • emergencies, global health, workforce development For more information visit


National End of Life and Bereavement Care Conference

‘Be ready for it’

17 May 2013

Birmingham City Council Football Ground, Birmingham

This national conference aims to raise public and health care awareness and highlight the importance of preparation by healthcare professionals and individuals to ensure good end of life and bereavement care, in order that individual wishes and needs are recognised.


 18 April 2013

London Marriott Hotel, Regents Park, London

The Palliative Care Funding Review reported that 92,000 people in England are not being reached by existing palliative care services and experience at the end of life continues to vary greatly. The National Council for Palliative Care's conference will look at the progress made by commissioners and providers in addressing inequality of access, quality and the experience faced by seriously ill, dying and bereaved people. It will also highlight tackling inequalities at the end of life, resources available to help assess and meet needs and enable people to share their experience of end of life care and improve services.

For further information, please see the National Council for Palliative Care website.

The National end of life care qualifications and the six steps programme

  • 27 February 2013, Hilton London Olympia
  • 7 March 2013, Imperial hotel, Blackpool
  • 10 April 2013, Exeter Racecourse

Skills for care are offering a free event on the Six Steps programme. The aim of the event is to raise awareness and share good practice in delivering of the programme in a range of settings. The event will also promote the national end of life qualifications and demonstrate how these developments can support each other in developing skills of those who work in end of life care.


In addition St Luke's Hospice, Plymouth have organised 2 train the trainer workshops to test out the materials they are producing for the end of life core units within the qualifications. They are:

  • 7 March 2013, Imperial hotel, Blackpool
  • 11 March 2013, Mercure Bristol Holland House and Spa


Delivering in inclusive end of life care services that meet the expectations, preference and needs of people from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds

10 April 2013, Grand Connaught Rooms, London

A national workshop that will present a new research report relating to the end of life care needs of the BAME population and use the research evidence and the experiences of participants to inform policy and influence sustainable change to improve equity in access of end of life services and quality of care for people form BAME backgrounds.Its programme will provide the opportunity for discussion regarding the implications of the research for policy, commissioning, practice and future research and be of interest to end of life policy makers, commissioners, researchers, practitioners, academics, carers, BAME community representatives and other stakeholders.


Palliative and end of life care for all – is everybody equal? A joint meeting of Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine

22 March 2013, Royal Society of Medicine, London

Excellent palliative and end of life care should be available to all, but issues of equality and access remain. At the 2013 Marie Curie and Royal Society of Medicine Annual Palliative Care Research Conference, you will hear from expert researchers and clinicians who work in communities with specific palliative and end of life care needs. You will hear about research addressing issues of equality and access for a diverse range of people, including lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, and people with learning disabilities. Further talks will address how you can overcome some of the challenges associated with conducting research and delivering care across the whole range of people who need palliative and end of life care. 


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