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Palliative & End of Life Care: Collaboration, Compassion, Choice

February 23, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Palliative & End of Life Care event

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The Palliative & End of Life Care: Collaboration, Compassion, Choice conference will help you to develop a greater understanding of how end of life care is going to be delivered in England over the next five years.

The programme will feature an overview of the latest policy and guidance from organisations such as NHS England and NICE, as well as further discussion around implementation and plans for the future. This will be supplemented by practical sessions which are designed to be transferable, encouraging adoption across different teams and organisations.

Open Forum Events are delighted to be gaining a reputation for “truly inspirational” health and social care conferences. Our delegates are telling us that they leave our events with “new ideas and approaches” they can actually apply within their own organisations.

Join us at Palliative & End of Life Care: Collaboration, Compassion, Choice to hear the latest on the five year vision for end of life care, the new national clinical guideline, and examples of best practice from leading organisations across the health and social care sector. You will have the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care, as well as sharing your own stories and experiences with the conference and contributing to wider thinking about end of life care.

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“How people die remains in the memory of those who live on”
Dame Cicely Saunders

Following the abolition of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) and the subsequent Neuberger review, a great deal of work is being undertaken to improve the quality of end of life care in England.

NHS England has “ambitious plans to improve the care for people of all ages; people living with and dying from all conditions and those that need additional specialist help and advice”. Its document Actions for End of Life Care: 2014-16 set out commitments for adults and children, but is just one component of a wider ambition to develop a vision for end of life care beyond 2015. NHS England is clear that this can only be achieved in partnership with all those in health and social care.

Successive reports have highlighted issues with end of life care delivery. In March 2015 the Health Select Committee, informed by evidence from clinicians, charities and palliative care experts, found “great variation in quality and practice across both acute and community settings”. Two months later the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman launched a publication detailing cases where patients and relatives endured unnecessary suffering at the end of life, suggesting that this could be improved for up to 350,000 people a year – 70% of all deaths. The report points to six key issues: not recognising patients are dying or responding to their needs, poor symptom control, poor communication, inadequate out-of-hours services, poor care planning, and delays in diagnoses and referrals for treatment.

New guidance to be published by NICE on 16 December 2015 aims to help doctors and nurses identify when someone is entering the final few days of life and places the individual and their loved ones at the heart of decisions about care. This complements the Department of Health’s five Priorities for Care of the Dying Person, which “should be applied irrespective of the place in which someone is dying: hospital, hospice, own or other home and during transfers between different settings. When it is thought that a person may die within the next few days or hours of life:

  • This possibility is recognised and communicated clearly, decisions made and actions taken in accordance with the person’s needs and wishes, and these are regularly reviewed and decisions revised accordingly.
  • Sensitive communication takes place between staff and the dying person, and those identified as important to them.
  • The dying person, and those identified as important to them, are involved in decisions about treatment and care to the extent that the dying person wants.
  • The needs of families and others identified as important to the dying person are actively explored, respected and met as far as possible.
  • An individual plan of care, which includes food and drink, symptom control and psychological, social and spiritual support, is agreed, co-ordinated and delivered with compassion.

The Palliative & End of Life Care: Collaboration, Compassion, Choice conference will help you to develop a greater understanding of how end of life care is going to be delivered in England over the next five years. Delegates will hear the latest on the five year vision for end of life care, the new national clinical guideline, and examples of best practice from leading organisations across the health and social care sector. You will have the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care, as well as sharing your own stories and experiences with the conference and contributing to wider thinking about end of life care.

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  • Hear the latest on NHS England’s five year vision for end of life care.
  • Learn about the new national NICE clinical guideline on care of the dying adult.
  • Be inspired by examples of best practice from leading organisations across the health and social care sector.
  • Develop your understanding of individual care plans and their impact.
  • Discuss best practice in advanced care planning.
  • Debate ideas to improve the experience of patients and their loved ones.
  • Support the improvement of commissioning for coordinated end of life care.
  • Hear lessons learned from the implementation of EPaCCS.
  • Gain new ideas, new thinking and new contacts.
  • Network with a wide range of organisations all dedicated to effecting real change in end of life care.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care.
  • Take advantage of excellent networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.
  • Share your own stories and experiences with the conference and contribute to wider thinking about end of life care.
  • Gain CPD credits.

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Salli Jeynes, Chief Executive, End of Life Partnership (EoLP)

Salli JeynesSalli is Chief Executive of the End of Life Partnership (EoLP); an organisation which faciliates people and organisations to work together to enable better end of life experience and care. EoLP leads, educates and facilitates excellence and best practice in end of life care and influences and enables our communities to live and die well.
Salli strongly believes in the power of partnership working; joining up organisations and people, listening to, learning from, and inspiring each other to work towards a better and compassionate end of life experience for all.

Salli’s recent career includes working as a Director of Education and a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in acute and community care. She has also worked as a ward manager, a practice educator and a nurse teacher.



Nicola Winship, carer

Nicola WinsipNicola’s career began in retail, she then went on to specialise in HR and Training. Qualifying in 1993, her first role was as the Training Manager for Umbro in Manchester, then as an Area HR and Training Manager for Sema Group based in Nottingham.

Whilst raising her family she ran her own business helping local businesses grow by gaining an effective presence on the Internet. She gave up work in 2012 to help care for her father who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2007.

Watching her Father’s decline with Alzheimer’s over the last 8 years and helping to care for his needs at each stage has left Nicola wanting to make things better in the future for other Alzheimer’s Patients and their Carers. She firmly believes that the more discussion there can be with patient and family, the more prepared they will be in the final stages.


Jacquie White, Deputy Director for Long Term Conditions, NHS England

jacquieJacquie is the Deputy Director for Long Term Conditions in NHS England with responsibility for improving the quality of life and experience of end of life care for people with Long Term Conditions and their carers.

Jacquie has over 15 years experience of working in and supporting health and social care teams to improve the quality of services for and with their local population. Having started her career in fundholding in a small rural general practice, Jacquie has worked across the public sector at a local, regional and national level. Jacquie has significant experience of both commissioning and provider development and of supporting teams to integrate care across organisational boundaries.

Jacquie has developed and led national transformation programmes. This includes the development of the National Long Term Conditions Year of Care Commissioning Programme as part of the Department of Health’s approach to QIPP working with teams across the country to test implementation of the model at a local level to deliver person centred co-ordinated care.


Annamarie Challinor, Macmillan Head of Service Development – The End of Life Partnership (EoLP)

Annemarie ChallinorAnnamarie qualified as a Nurse in 1995 and spent 9 years working within acute medicine in North Staffordshire. In 2004 she joined District Nursing where her interest in end of life care developed which consequently inspired her to complete her BSc in Palliative Care at Wolverhampton University.

In 2008 Annamarie was seconded to a Supportive Care Facilitator Post where she led on the launch and implementation of a localised Advance Care Plan within Community and Care Homes across Stoke-on-Trent.

Since 2009 Annamarie worked in Cheshire combining her role as a Macmillan Nurse with being a Team Leader for an End of Life Care Facilitation team. In 2013 Annamarie left her role as a Macmillan Nurse to join key partners across Cheshire in creating a new dynamic approach to leading, educating and facilitating excellence and best practice in palliative and end of life care. The End of Life Partnership was subsequently founded as a Registered Charity in 2014 and is now working across geographical and organisational boundaries to influence and enable communities to live and die well, supported by the health, social and voluntary workforce. Annamarie now heads up the service development work programme which has a primary focus around coordinating patient pathways and developing end of life care services across the Cheshire footprint.

Annamarie has also been a Trustee at East Cheshire Hospice since 2013.


Kathleen Vandenberghe, Head of Family Support and Counselling Team, St. Luke’s Hospice

Kathleen VandenbergheKathleen Vandenberghe, M.A. has been a counsellor, supervisor, teacher and team co-ordinator in hospices since 1991, initially in Belgium and since 1999 in the U.K.
As the coordinator of a longstanding counselling service for patients and their families, pre- and post-bereavement at St. Luke’s Cheshire Hospice, she is passionate about preserving ‘humanity’ at the core of health care organisations as their client and staff numbers rise and corporate demands increase.

Under the auspices of St. Luke’s and Bournemouth University Kathleen is researching the psychological process of cancer survivorship. A co-authored paper “Unravelling the unknown” in the journal Illness, Loss and Crisis describes her experience with group counselling for carers of people with dementia. Other areas of interest are couples and family support and work place counselling.


Jonathon Carr-Brown, European Director, MyDirectives

Jonathon carr brown v2Jonathon was a founding director of NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) in 2007 and as Managing Director, of the NHS’s consumer health information service, raised usage from 7 million to 55 million visits a month. He now champions digital technology that encourages consumers to engage with their healthcare. He was formerly The Sunday Times’ Health Correspondent and speechwriter for Patricia Hewitt, the former Secretary of State for Health.





Laura Tooley, Quality Improvement Programme Lead – Palliative Care, West Midlands Strategic Clinical Networks and Senate, NHS England

Laura TooleyLaura brings 28 years of healthcare experience to her current NHS England role of Quality Improvement Programme Lead.

Her deep passion for palliative and end of life care and the ‘person in the patient’ was ignited during her student nurse training in the 1980’s. Having held many clinical and healthcare leadership roles, including executive director of a palliative care community interest company, Laura is currently relishing the challenge of working with others including the National Clinical Director for End of Life Care to help realise England’s Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care http://endoflifecareambitions.org.uk/

An advocate of inclusion, empowering and mobilising others through the power of ‘human’ leadership, Laura also confesses to peddling courage and compassion at every opportunity; practicing both coaching and leadership mentoring.

Laura is a graduate of the Nye Bevan Programme – Leading Care III, NHS Leadership Academy, the School for Health and Care Radicals, and an alumna of Saïd Business School, Oxford and Birmingham Universities.

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Professor Julia Riley, Clinical Lead, Coordinate My Care

Julia Riley photoProfessor Riley is a consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton NHS Trusts.

She is a senior research fellow and visiting Professor in Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care at Imperial College London; Editor of the European Journal of Palliative Care (the journal for the European Association of Palliative Care), and the Clinical Lead for Coordinate My Care, the clinical service that coordinates and allows patients to have choices and improved quality of end of life care.

Professor Riley has two main research interests. The first is in the inter individual variation in patients’ response to opioids. The second is the development of models of end of life care that include the seamless transition between the acute and the community sector, improve quality of life, decrease in the number of unnecessary hospital admissions and increase the number of patients being cared for, and dying in their preferred place.

Alison Colclough, Homelessness Project Lead, St. Luke’s Hospice, Winsford Cheshire

Alison Colclough portraitAlison qualified as an RGN in 1986 having worked in many areas over the years including orthopaedics and trauma, renal dialysis and in later years community nursing, and then as a Macmillan Facilitator.

When out in the community Alison studied for a BSc in Palliative and Supportive Care. It was this, alongside the nursing care that she provided for people at end of life within their own homes, that gave her a real passion for great end of life care, accessible to all.

For the past four years Alison worked (in a voluntary capacity) with people who are street homeless. Great end of life care is not always accessible for this particular group and this has led her and her local hospice to try to change this.

In her spare time Alison enjoys holidaying in interesting places, going out with friends and family and messing in the kitchen at home!

Stephen Burrows, North West EPaCCS Lead, Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria Strategic Clinical Network; Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Clinical Network

Stephen BurrowsStephen began working on EPaCCS in 2010 as part of Salford’s involvement in the DH End of Life Locality Registers project, which became a regional role supported by the NW SCNs in 2013. Driven by the lack of joined-up care experienced by his mother before her death in 2010, Stephen has been motivated to try and ensure people and their families have a better experience in the all too short period before death. Prior to EPaCCS, he worked for CfH on Lessons Learned in IM&T Implementations, for two years at the HSCIC on the Mental Health Minimum Dataset (MHMDS), as a database creator/manager for Primary Care Mental Health teams in Manchester, and as part of the performance management team at CMFT. Before working in the NHS, Stephen spent sixteen years as a teacher, where he learnt many different forms of patience!

Booking Information

If you would like assistance registering your place please contact Luke Boulter on 0161 376 9007 and we will be happy to assist.

Discounts for 3 or more delegates are available.

Professionals from across the public, private and third sectors. Job titles include:


Accountable Officers

Allied Health Professionals

Bereavement Support Teams

Care Home Managers

Chairs / Chief Executives

Clinical Commissioning Groups

Clinical Leads and Specialists


Community and District Nurses

Dementia Care Teams

Directors of Adult Social Services

Directors of Children’s Services

Directors of Nursing

Directors of Public Health

Emergency Care Leads

End of Life Care Leads

General Practitioners and Practice Managers

Geriatric Health Teams

Health and Social Care Chaplains / Spiritual Care Coordinators

Health and Wellbeing Boards

Hospice Managers

Managing Directors

Medical Directors

Mental Health Practitioners

Palliative Care Teams

Safeguarding Adults Boards

Social Workers

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