Palliative & End of Life Care: Improving Provision to meet Increasing Demand

  • Thursday, 14 November 2019
  • Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

Life expectancy has increased dramatically over recent years and it is expected to continue, as futuristic medical advancements are applied. Although the government’s goal is to improve healthy life expectancy by at least 5 years by 2035, the reality is that many people, living extended lives, do not live with good health. The inevitability of death has been delayed and we are more likely to die slowly over a protracted period of time. During this prolonged time frame, the demand for palliative and ultimately end of life care will increase, but can current and future provision meet these needs?


The Palliative & End of Life Care: Improving Provision to meet Increasing Demand conference will bring together those who are dedicated to caring for people with life limiting conditions and those nearing the end of their lives. The event will provide a platform for delegates to examine:

  • The current status of care demand and how this will be affected by increasing longevity
  • How service provision will need to adapt to provide the necessary care required?
  • The initiatives, innovations and programme improvements that can provide personalised, compassionate care


Join us for a day of insightful and informative sessions, delivered by expert speakers, plus the opportunity to network with like minded peers and fellow professionals.


Every patient suffering with an incurable and progressive illness deserves the very best palliative and end of life care, with their own choices at the very heart. In the UK there have been some significant improvements in the care people receive as they near the end of their lives, with some excellent examples provided in different settings. However, the fact remains that the experience for people approaching the end of life can be very varied and for some the quality of care is unacceptably poor.


In the past death was regarded as an unpredictable event and many more people died younger and often suddenly. In today’s society, more people are living longer and are dying off much more slowly. With increased life expectancy there has been a downward trend in the number of deaths in England since the late 1980’s. The inevitability of death means that this reduction in numbers will not continue indefinitely. Delayed dying is now accounting for a rise in the number of deaths. Figures show that in 2017 the annual death toll in England rose to 500,000 and Public Health England anticipates this to increase by a further 10% by 2023.

Life expectancy for men is 79.6 and 83.2 for women, however, the data reveals that women will spend on average 19.3 years of their lives in poor health and men 16.2 years.  The number of people living with complex multiple health conditions, requiring extra support as they near the end of their lives, is on the rise. The stark statistics indicate that the provision of quality and comprehensive palliative and end of life care must be a priority for health and social care organisations, as it is predicted that there will be a 42% increase in demand for palliative care by 2040.


Rick Wright, Policy Manager at Marie Curie;

“This means that proper end-of-life care will be more important than ever for guaranteeing that people are able to get the support they need in their final weeks and days.”


“If the NHS is going to be in a position to confront this challenge, it must ensure that end-of-life care remains a priority in its long-term planning.”


As more people die, the challenge will be to make available the right palliative and end of life care, in the right place at the right time.


Research from Kings College London reveals that despite and ever increasingly aged population, local authorities are not prioritising palliative care. Palliative care was only mentioned in 52% of health and wellbeing board’s strategies, with just 4% citing it as a priority. The report also found that there was little use of evidence in end of life care, particularly when assessing the effectiveness of interventions. Budgets per patient for specialist palliative care varied from £51.83 to £2329 per year across England.

The Palliative & End of Life Care: Improving Provision to meet Increasing Demand  conference will discuss the issues of rising demand and how service provision can be developed to ensure that all those requiring palliative of end of life care receive the most appropriate support. 



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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

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

Keynote Address

"The National Audit of care at the End of Life (NACEL)"

This presentation will focus on:

  • key findings from The National Audit of care at the End of Life (NACEL) year 1 – focus on selected key recommendations
  • implementing the recommendations
  • looking forward to the second round
  • Tim Straughan, Deputy Director – Personalised Care, NHS England & NHS Improvement (confirmed)
"Working with Patients to Deliver Personalised Care"

• Overview of our ambitions and commitments for EoLC
• Summary of NHSE/I strategy for Palliative and EoLC including summary of NHS Long Term Plan
• Implementation of Universal Personalised Care and application to EoLC

  • James Frith MP, Member of Parliament for Bury North and Co-Chair , All-Party Parliamentary Group for End of Life Care (confirmed)
"Recognising and Eradicated the Inequalities in Care Provision"

Evidence from bodies such as the Care Quality Commission shows that people from certain groups in society sometimes experience poorer quality care at the end of their lives because their needs are not always fully understood or considered. People may be less likely to receive good care because of age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstance


Main Sponsor


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

  • Dr Elizabeth Sampson, Reader and Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Marie Curie Palliative care Research department, University College , London (confirmed)
"Dying, Dignity and Dementia"

Dementia is now the most commonly recorded cause of death in the UK, but dementia guidelines often have little discussion on how to best care for people with dementia when they are dying. There are further challenges to implementing guidance in practice. People with dementia have complex needs and issues such as autonomy and capacity are key. Ensuring a good death for people with dementia can be challenging but is possible with multidisciplinary working and a holistic approach.

"Supporting Families and Children through Loss, Grief and Bereavement"

This presentation will explore best practice and the work the education team has been doing to support children through loss, grief and bereavement within Bolton. This includes the setting up of a family bereavement programme, Dying Matters award 2018, teacher training and support and the introduction of a new project with a focus on teenage bereavement.


Case Study


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study

  • Simon Jones., Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Marie Curie Cancer Care, simonmdjones (confirmed)
"The RCGP/Marie Curie Daffodil Standards"

The RCGP/Marie Curie Daffodil Standards is a self service quality improvement tool for end of life care in general practice


  • Dr Amy Proffitt, Vice President , Association for Palliative Medicine (confirmed)
"It’s OK to Talk about Dying?"

Clinicians need to be equipped to offer patients honest conversations about what they can expect in the future, to give them choices and control over the remainder of their lives. This is not just about high-quality palliative care in the last weeks or days, but about holding
conversations much earlier after diagnosis of a progressive or terminal condition, including frailty.


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Sharon Bird, Volunteer, Aintree University Foundation Trust Peoples Voice Sub Group North West Coast Strategic Clinical Network (confirmed)
"The Role of Volunteers in End of Life Care"

Volunteers are a valuable asset in healthcare but are sometimes underused and undervalued.
Volunteers are an untapped resource with the potential to enhance quality patient care at the end of life but also to compliment and support staff.


Closing Keynote Address

  • Adrienne Betteley, Specialist Advisor for End of Life Care, Macmillan Cancer Support (confirmed)
"What are the key ingredients for enhancing end of life care at home? "

This session will look at Macmillan’s legacy in investing in and delivering end of life care in the community. It will examine and review the research and insight we’ve gained over a 13-year period and how this has shaped Macmillan’s current strategy and future plans.


Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Hear how changing demographics has affected how and when we die.
  • Understand more about how an ageing population and delayed dying has in recent times reduced the death rate per year but is now set to be reversed.
  • Discover more about how we are living longer and dying slower
  • Learn about how personalised care can make for a ‘good death’ for both patients and their families
  • Gain insight into caring for a dying person with dementia
  • Examine how can we eradicate inequalities, especially amongst certain groups, and ensure all have access to the same level of provision?
  • Hear about forward thinking practices in end of life care
  • Discover what the Daffodil Standards are and how they are influencing general practice
  • Gain knowledge as to how to talk about death with individuals and their loved ones
  • Celebrate the role of volunteers within palliative and end of life care
  • Learn more about mental health issues facing those with life limiting conditions
  • Share best practice
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate current working practices and those for the future
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain CPD credits
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who will attend

  • Academics
  • Accountable Officers
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Bereavement Support Teams
  • Care Home Managers
  • Chairs / Chief Executives
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Clinical Leads and Specialists
  • Commissioners
  • Community and District Nurses
  • Dementia Care Teams
  • Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Directors of Children’s Services
  • Directors of Nursing
  • Consultant in Palliative Medicine
  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Dementia Practitioners
  • Ward Manager's
  • End of Life Care facilitator's
  • Occupational Therapist's
  • Lecturer in Palliative Care
  • Advanced Nurses Specialist in Palliative Care
  • Lead Nurses
  • Senior Nurse Managers
  • Cancer & Palliative Care Lead Nurses
  • CLH Matron's
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist's
  • Comunnity Macmillian Nurses
  • District Nurses
  • 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