Booking open for Hospice UK’s annual national conference: ‘The art and science of hospice care’

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With a theme of ‘The art and science of hospice care’, the conference focuses on the holistic, yet rigorous, approach to care, underpinned by entrepreneurial and creative approaches to sustainability.

This year the conference moves to the state of the art ACC in the Albert Docks, the historic heartland of Liverpool, where it will host a wide-ranging choice of parallel sessions, an extensive exhibition, a book store, drinks reception and live performances by theatre groups and musicians.

Visit our website to register online, to take advantage of member discounts, discounts on multiple bookings, and to submit an abstract to display a poster or give an oral presentation at our conference.       

Plenary speakers

In the spirit of the conference – which is for those working in or with hospice care – this year’s plenary speakers will explore a range of responses to the growing need for palliative and end of life care.

They include:  

  • Jos de Blok, founder and CEO of the Dutch company Buurtzorg which, with over 9,000 employees and 60,000 patients a year, has transformed home-based healthcare to create an innovative method for nursing care at home.
  • Margaret McCartney, a GP in Glasgow, columnist for the BMJ and regular contributor to Radio Four’s programme ‘Inside health’. Margaret is also author of ’The patient paradox – why sexed up medicine is bad for your health’, and ‘Living with dying – finding care and compassion at the end of life’.
  • Scott Murray, St Columba’s Hospice Chair of Primary Palliative Care at Edinburgh University, who advocates for a health promoting approach in palliative care, whereby individuals and communities are encouraged to call on their own individual and community resources and assets so that people can live and die as well as possible.
  • Max Watson, Medical Director of the Northern Ireland Hospice, Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University in Belfast. Max is currently piloting the use of ECHO technology in Northern Ireland as a means of ‘democratising medical knowledge’ and improving the delivery of palliative care in rural areas.
  • Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College, who will explore the implications of death anxiety for the practice of palliative care, for raising public awareness of end of life issues, and for leading lives of courage, creativity and compassion.

Opportunities to contribute to the conference programme  

To have examples of your innovative practice or research considered for inclusion in the programme – either as a short talk or a poster – you have until 26 May to submit an abstract via the call for papers.

Whatever your role, as a clinician, educationalist, fundraiser, marketer or volunteer, visit our website to hear from Ros Taylor, National Director of Hospice Care, about how and why to submit an abstract.       

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