PCPLD Network Conference 2020: End of life care for people with learning disabilities: Are we prepared?

Calendars: UK.

The PCPLD Network conference is held every two years and aims to bring together anyone with an interest in palliative and end of life care for people with a learning disability. This includes health and social care professionals, commissioners, service providers, people with a learning disability, families and carers.  

This year the theme is ‘End of life care for people with learning disabilities: Are we prepared?’ and is being held on Wednesday 16th September in Cardiff. The programme is rich with speakers, the latest research and examples of good practice. Dr Kathryn Mannix, Palliative Care Physician and author of With the End in Mind and Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff, Professor of Palliative Medicine and Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum will be delivering keynote speeches whilst the conference will be chaired by Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Professor of Intellectual Disability and Chair of the PCPLD Network. In addition, a performance from theatre and social arts group ‘Misfits Theatre Group’ will be taking place before the anticipated presentation of the Linda McEnhill Award 2020. 

The Linda McEnhill Award recognises and shares good practice and is presented to teams or individuals who have made a positive difference to the palliative and end of life care for people with a learning disability. Linda McEnhill, founder of PCPLD Network was the first recipient of this award in 2008. It is now a biennial scheme with winners announced at the conference. Nominations are invited for two categories and can be made by anyone but must include an accessible version. For more information and nomination forms click here  

Abstracts are invited on any topic relevant to palliative care for people with learning disabilities for poster presentation. Please email your abstract (max 300 words) to info@pcpld.org, and clearly indicate that it is a conference poster abstract. The deadline is 31st July 2020 and at least one person should present the poster in person. Anyone submitting an abstract will be notified within two weeks of the abstract submission.  

To register online https://www.pcpld.org/events-and-conferences/ 

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“Fantastic day, speakers (and chair!) extremely passionate about improving palliative care for people with learning disabilities, the buzz around the room was infectious. Lots of new connections made and plenty of ideas to implement positive change. Thank you!”  – Feedback from PCPLD Conference 2018