St Clare Hospice Holds First Palliative Care Conference

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St Clare Hospice is holding its first Palliative Care Conference on 14th September at the Manor of Groves Hotel in Hertfordshire. The local charity covers West Essex and the borders of East Hertfordshire.

St Clare was designated a University of Cambridge teaching hospice in 2018, and since its inception in 1992, St Clare has continually developed its clinical practices with an Inpatient Unit, extensive community palliative care team, a Wellbeing hub and an award winning bereavement service which sits within the Patient and Family Support Team.

In 2004 St Clare committed to working with its partners by expanding clinical education provision with a view to improving professional knowledge and confidence in delivering palliative care in a variety of settings. This St Clare Conference is the culmination of continuing partnerships and education initiatives.

Dr Qamar Abbas, Medical Director at St Clare Hospice said, “We are delighted to be holding this exciting event and look forward to welcoming healthcare and social care professionals from across the country.

“At the St Clare Palliative Care Conference participants will have an opportunity to learn from experts across a broad range of disciplines and healthcare settings including; hospitals, community, care homes, and hospices.

“We have secured an excellent panel of plenary speakers including Dr Libby Sallnow and Dr Sarah Russell who are the author and co-author of the Lancet Commission report on the Value of Death, Professor Julia Riley, a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Dr Eva Lew a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Farleigh Hospice.

The conference will provide delegates with the latest evidence and experiences to overcome barriers and challenges the sector is facing, with thought-provoking discussions and innovative viewpoints. The conference includes networking and learning opportunities for all healthcare professionals.”

Dr Sallnow will be talking on Implications of the Lancet Commission report into the value of Death, Compassionate communities, end of life care and hospices. Professor Riley will be talking on ‘Working together across health, social care and urgent care, with the patient at the centre to achieve good end of life care’, and Dr Russell will be talking on ‘Working together to achieve good end of life are in care homes’. The final talk will be Dr Lew, on the topic of Working together to achieve good end of life care, dying at home’.

Dr Qamar Abbas added, “Priced at £95 we believe the earlybird ticket is excellent value for money.

Our aspiration here at St Clare is to reach as wide an audience as possible and we have applied for Continuing Personal Development (CPD) accreditation for attendees.

Our goal is to build awareness of the potential hurdles for ‘a good death’ in these settings, and to offer solutions based on current evidence.

This conference, with a wide range of topics and talks will be a great addition to our knowledge pool.

We believe participation will be a critical step to improve knowledge base, partnership work and ultimately patient care.”

You can purchase your ticket or see the full conference agenda, click here:

Please email with any other questions or queries.


St Clare Hospice is a charity providing specialist palliative care for people living with terminal or life-limiting illnesses across West Essex and East Herts border.

We care for patients and their families, providing physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support, and ensuring they have timely access to skilled, compassionate and sensitive care in a place of their choice.

Our services are free of charge to those who need our care, but cost around £5 million a year to run. With limited NHS funding we need to fundraise the majority of this each year through donations and other voluntary sources.         /stclarehospice      @hospicestclare    @stclarehospice

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