What to expect from Hospice UK’s annual conference: day three

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Thursday is the third and final day of the conference and the last chance to learn, discuss, network and share with fellow hospice care professionals, Hospice UK and exhibitors.

Throughout the flagship event, delegates will have the chance to ‘pick the brains’ of Hospice UK staff from the grants, income generation, clinical and policy teams. Keep an eye out for drop-in sessions with our staff at different times each day.

There will still be plenty of stands and products on show on Thursday and to ease you in to the morning there will be a choice of parallel sessions.

Fundraisers might be specifically keen to hear the oral presentation on income generating events, while clinical practitioners might want to hear more about the challenges and possibilities of collaboration between hospices and hospitals.

The parallel sessions are designed to touch upon aspects of our four central themes – arts and holistic carescience and innovation, policy into practice and business and culture of care – so there should be something to interest everyone.

A free head, neck and shoulder massage from the Hands on at Work team should set you up well for the last afternoon. Hands on at Work are a Midlands based company providing health and wellbeing services in the workplace to encourage better staff health, engagement and motivation.

Dr Ros Taylor, national director of hospice care at Hospice UK, will show three provocative short films in her plenary ‘Moving stories’, then interview a guest expert panel on the impact of the films. This session is sure to get the delegates talking about their responses to what they’ve seen, and thinking about how hospice care can stay relevant in an ever-changing social and healthcare agenda.

In the afternoon’s parallel sessions, chief executives and trustees might be intrigued to hear about strengthening relations between hospices and Muslim communities or harnessing the power of volunteers in hospice care. Clinicians might prefer the workshop on frailty or relational conversations.

The final plenary of the conference is sure to be compelling and engaging, as Professor Sheldon Solomon will explore ‘Death anxiety: what does it mean for hospice care?’ An eminent psychology professor in the USA, Prof Solomon has won numerous awards for his studies on the effects of the uniquely human awareness of death on behaviour, which have also featured on a documentary film ‘Flight from death: the quest for immortality’.

By 4pm on Thursday afternoon, the conference will be winding down, and you and the 700 other delegates and speakers will start to make their way from Liverpool’s ACC.

Use these last moments to make contact with colleagues, before heading home and back to work feeling refreshed and revitalised, taking everything you’ve learnt with you to share, challenge and inspire in your workplace.

If you’ve missed our previous articles, you can go back and read about what day one and day two of the conference might look like.

Hospice UK’s flagship event runs from Tuesday 10 November to Thursday 12 November, and will include plenty of talks, workshops and activities, themed around ‘the art and science of hospice care’. Within this, there will be a focus on the holistic, yet rigorous, approach to care, and entrepreneurial and creative approaches to sustainability.

Thanks for the vital support of our sponsors: Access Group, haysmacintyre, Lynas Foster, Local Hospice Lottery and LloydsPharmacy – details of which on our website.

All of the information about the conference can be found on our Hospice UK’s website, where you can still register to attend, if you haven’t already.

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