Palliative & End of Life Care

  • Wednesday, 23 March 2022
  • The Studio, Manchester
  • 09:30 - 16:05
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  • Overview

The Palliative & End of Life Care 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 Public Health England, The End of Life Care Partnership and Northumbria University 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 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.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Annamarie Ratcliffe, Macmillan Head of Service & Practice Development, The End of Life Care Partnership (confirmed)

The End of Life Partnership (EoLP) is an award winning Cheshire Charity aiming to create a more complete and holistic approach to living well, care, death and loss through public awareness, community engagement, education and training for the health and social care sector - helping shape best practices to improve services and how they support the people that need them.

EoLP is a member of a group of Cheshire organisations taking a collaborative approach to transforming palliative and end of life care experience. The Strategic Collaborative Cheshire (SCC) consists of local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS hospital and community trusts, hospices, councils, strategic clinical networks, The University of Chester and key voluntary sector organisations such as EoLP and Macmillan Cancer Support. The SCC launched A Collaborative Plan for Palliative and End of Life Care’ in Cheshire which sets out a collaborative approach across health and social care providers and the third sector, placing patients at the centre of care.

Keynote Address

  • Professor Julia Verne, Clinical Lead of National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, Public Health England (confirmed)

Professor Julia Verne BSc, MBBS, MSc. PhD, FFPH is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine with over 20 years experience working regionally, nationally and internationally and has a long standing interest in improving the quality of health services, particularly for cancer patients and in end of life care. Julia is Head of Clinical Epidemiology for Public Health England (PHE) and Clinical Lead of PHE’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN).


Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks (GMEC SCNs) was established in April 2016 to provide clinical leadership and advice to improve health and care services in the region. Part of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, they are a non-statutory body with offices in Manchester and are hosted by the Greater Manchester Area Team.


GMEC SCNs is one of 12 SCN’s established in England. They work in partnership with commissioners (including local government) to support their decision making and strategic planning. Working across the boundaries of commissioner, provider, and voluntary organisations they bring about the realisation of improvements in the quality and equity of care, reduction in unwarranted variation in care, and improve health outcomes for our patient population.


Led by a Clinical Director and supported by an Associate Director, with strong involvement from patients, carers and members of the public, the GMEC SCN connect commissioners, providers, professionals, and patients and the public across condition/disease pathways of care to share best practice and innovation, measure and benchmark quality and outcomes, and drive improvement.


The GMEC SCN focuses on ten condition/disease areas of national and local priority including cardiovascular, maternity, perinatal mental health, children and young people, mental health, dementia, diabetes, cancer, respiratory and palliative and end of life care services: providing strategic direction, enabling clinical leadership, and bringing the voice of service users, carers and the public to shape evidence based pathways and models of integrated care. All of their services are free of charge to all health and social care commissioners in Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire.


Question & Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

"Improving Palliative Care Services for Young People and Marginalised Groups"

Synopsis coming soon...


When people reach the end of their lives, it is important that they can choose their place of death. Evidence has shown that there is a mismatch between people's preferences for where they would like to die and their actual place of death.


Fulfilling patient preferences for dying at home depends on the appropriate support and care being available in the community. Rapid Response Services (RRS) are one way of enabling people to die at home - but there has been very little research about their effectiveness for patients, carers and the cost implications of these services. Academics at Northumbria University are evaluating RRS to improve the system's capacity to fulfil patient's preferences and explore new ways in which end of life care is commissioned, planned and delivered.


Policy and Advocacy Representative, Hospice UK (invited)

Presentation synopsis coming soon...


Question & Answer Session

Dr Sarah Holmes, Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Care, Marie Curie (confirmed)

Dr Joanne Atkinson, Head of Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (confirmed)

Policy and Advocacy Representative, Hospice UK (invited)


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair's Afternoon Address

  • Annamarie Ratcliffe, Macmillan Head of Service & Practice Development, The End of Life Care Partnership (confirmed)

Afternoon Keynote

  • Chris Lubbe, Former Bodyguard to Nelson Mandela, . (confirmed)

Chris Lubbe grew up in the eastern Cape of apartheid South Africa, where he made a decision early in his life to oppose the racially based system of apartheid. This put him on a direct collision course with the regime and the cost of Chris' work as an anti-apartheid organiser was spells of incarceration, torture and near-death experiences. 

After Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 and the fall of apartheid, Chris worked with Nelson Mandela until his retirement as a bodyguard and now supports the promotion of personalised care with NHS England - telling his personal story.

"Racial and Minority Ethnic Disadvantage in Palliative Care"

Presentation synopsis coming soon...


Closing Keynote

Sue Bottomley, National Head of End of Life and Palliative Care Programme, Personalised Care Group, NHS England (invited)

Personalised care means people have autonomy over the way their care is planned and delivered, based on what matters to them, their individual strengths and their needs. This happens within a system that supports people to stay well for longer and makes the most of the expertise, capacity and potential of people, families and communities in delivering better outcomes and experiences when unwell.

The Comprehensive Personalised Care Model sets out how to achieve this, through  six, evidence-based standard components:

  • shared decision making
  • personalised care and support planning
  • enabling choice, including legal rights to choice
  • social prescribing and community-based support
  • patient activation and supported self-management
  • personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets.

NHS England seeks to enhance personalised end of life care by using the Comprehensive Personalised Care Model as a primary lens through which to view the improvements needed to support increased choice and control at the end of life, and better experience of care. This includes: earlier identification of people who are likely to die within the next 12 months; better conversations for people to identify their needs and preferences, and to share this information with those involved in their care; and integrated services which wrap around people.


Question & Answer Session

Chris Lubbe, Former Bodyguard to Nelson Mandela (confirmed)

Jamilla Akhter Hussain, NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, Hull York Medicine School (confirmed)

Sue Bottomley, National Head of End of Life and Palliative Care Programme, NHS England (invited)


Chair's Closing Remarks

  • Annamarie Ratcliffe, Macmillan Head of Service & Practice Development, The End of Life Care Partnership (confirmed)

Conference Close

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  • Learn more about applying personalised care, providing the greatest extent of autonomy when a person's life ends - facilitating a 'good' death for patients and their families.
  • Develop strategies to tackle ethnic minority inequality of access and outcomes in end of life care, based on practical interventions such as improved access to translators, communication training for staff and organisations, as well as making health resources available to all English literacy levels and a broadened range of languages.
  • Hear about how robotics, digital and artificial intelligence may be able to benefit people as well as help carers, clinicians and nursing staff provide more personalised and compassionate care.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of how to talk about death with individuals and their loved ones.
  • Learn more about how changing demographics are impacting how and when people in England die.
  • Share best practice and benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate current working practices and those of the future; network with professional peers and further develop professional skillsets.
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  • Featured Events
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  • Who will attend

Contact Details


The Studio, Manchester

The Studio, Manchester

Situated in the heart of Manchester's iconic Northern Quarter and just a couple of minutes walk away from the city's major transport links; The Studio is a spacious, contemporary meeting centre atop The Hive building on Lever St.     

Whatever the legendary Manchester weather has to throw at you, you’ll always find the warmest of welcomes at The Studio.

Featured Events

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

    • 23 February 2016
    • 08:30 - 15:30
    • Manchester Conference Centre
  • Palliative & End of Life Care: Supporting Patient Choice

    • 27 October 2016
    • 08:30 - 17:00
    • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • Palliative and End of Life Care: Tackling Variations, Eradicating Inequalities

    • 09 February 2017
    • 08:30 - 15:45
    • Manchester Conference Centre
  • Palliative & End of Life Care: Improving Provision to meet Increasing Demand

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

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who will attend

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