Anyone working in or with hospices can submit an abstract about their work, with a view to presenting it as either a poster or short talk at this year’s conference (21 to 23 October 2013) in Bournemouth.
The authors of selected abstracts will be able to showcase their work to over 600 conference delegates and abstracts will also be published on both Help the Hospices website and in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care.
Although clinical staff are traditionally more familiar with the concept of submitting abstracts, we are keen to hear from people whatever their role or involvement with hospice care – for example as chaplains, educationalists, fundraisers, doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists or service managers.
This year we are especially interested in hearing about work that acknowledges and addresses changing needs, preferences and opportunities for hospice care and which reflects the key operating principles identified by the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care.
Abstracts can be about research, audit, service evaluation or aspects of good practice and could include examples of:
- thinking strategically about the role of hospices
- collecting data and building evidence about hospice care
- supporting end of life care across settings
- enabling and supporting community participation in end of life care
- delivering the care that people want and re-aligning resources around those needs
- clarifying what service/s are on ‘offer’ and communicating them to a range of audiences
- becoming both commissioners and providers of care
- working in partnership with others to develop new ways of raising voluntary income.
For more information about the conference and how to submit an abstract visit Help the Hospices website. Abstracts should be submitted online by 6 May 2013.