Events round-up

Categories: Care and People & Places.

We round-up the events, conferences and workshops taking place over the next few months.

Brian House Children’s Hospice in Blackpool will host an international research conference on paediatric palliative care. The CPD-accredited conference, titled Too Little Too Late, will feature key note speaker Professor Jayne Price from Kingston University, who will speak about the challenges of carrying out research in children’s palliative care.

Scientific investigator Dr Andrea Postier from the Children’s Minnesota Research Institute in the USA will give a presentation on parent stress and reflections on caring for medically fragile infants at home, and Estera Ciobanu, a Paediatric Palliative Care Social Worker in Romania will talk about the experiences of children diagnosed with life-limiting conditions in the country.

The conference takes place on Friday 14 September.  For more information call 01253 359386 or email Jane Dunbar-Dempsey


The Brain Tumour Charity is hosting its third annual Nurse and Allied Health Professional Conference, titled “Difficult Conversations.”

The CPD-accredited event will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from expert speakers on topics that are crucial to the care of those affected by brain tumours. It will bring together the brain tumour healthcare professional community to share and develop best practice across the sector. With interactive symposiums and panel discussions it will be an opportunity to meet and network with other healthcare professionals from across the UK.

It takes place at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday 19 September, to register for tickets visit The Brain Tumour Charity


Hope for Home was established by trustees who had looked after their family or friends with dementia in their own homes until the end of their lives and who wished to support others to do the same.

The charity worked with St Joseph’s Hospice in London on the first Namaste service for people caring for their loved ones with advanced dementia at home, a type of personalized care that involves honouring the person as an individual, comfort care and multi-sensory stimulation. Other highlights of their work include funding the key publication ‘Dementia Enabled Hospice Care’, part of Hospice UK’s national commission,  and partnering  with other organisations to  provide  a drop-in  support group for people with dementia and their carers in south London.

To mark their 10th anniversary the trustees are inviting anyone interested in this subject to a free workshop on October 8 at Hospice House in London.  Heather Richardson, joint chief executive at St Christopher’s Hospice, Reverend Jonathan Croucher from Christ Church, Gipsy Hill, and Lourdes Colclough, first manager of the St Joseph’s Namaste service will be speakers.  To RSVP email Hope for Home


This year’s Controlled Drugs Summit, chaired by William Rial, Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer for the London Region, NHS England, will focus on the safer management, use and prescribing of controlled drugs. This year there is an extended focus on identifying and investigating Controlled Drugs abuse by healthcare staff following the Care Quality Commission recent findings that “we have become aware of an increasing number of incidences of healthcare staff diverting or misusing controlled drugs”.

The conference takes place on October 1 at the De Vere West One Conference Centre in London. For more information and to book visit Controlled Drugs Summit


Reducing & Managing Pressure Ulcers at the End of Life will cover all aspects of the management of pressure ulcers, from risk assessment to controlling pain and discomfort in the last days of life. At this event delegates will have the chance to reflect on national developments and learning, network with colleagues and identify strategies when patients refuse treatment.

It takes place on October 12 at the De Vere West One Conference Centre in London. For more information visit Reducing & Managing Pressure Ulcers at the End of Life

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