10 October 2016

Healthcare professionals to attend charity’s conference

Healthcare professionals from all over the country will come together on WednesdayElaine Coleridge-Smith chaired the conference 19 October at Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s annual conference.  Launched almost 20 years ago, the conference is a popular means for the charity’s own clinicians and other healthcare professionals with an interest in palliative and end-of-life care to network, share best practice and hear from experts in that field.  

The theme this year is how to achieve individualised care through collaboration and partnerships, a subject which goes to the heart of the Rennie Grove ethos.  The charity aims to give patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses the choice about where to receive care and where to spend their final days, working with other providers as necessary to provide seamless care tailored specifically to each individual’s needs.

Rennie Grove’s Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr Neil Pender, is amongst the eminent speakers who will address around 100 delegates at Pendley Manor later this month.  His expertise in end-of-life care is shared between Rennie Grove and The Hospice of St Francis and he will be presenting on ‘Just in Case’ medication.  He will cover the importance of ‘anticipatory prescribing’: predicting the next stages of a patient’s illness and arranging for the necessary medication to be available in their home.  This means that Rennie Grove’s hospice at home nurses can help bring symptoms under control as soon as they occur, any time of the day or night. 

Dr Pender will be joined by other local palliative care specialists such as Dr Helen Pegrum and Jane Naismith from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Debbie Kelly from the equivalent in Hertfordshire, as well as speakers from national organisations including The National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK. 

There are still a few places available at the Rennie Grove Conference at the price of £85.  Register at www.renniegrove.org/conference or call 01442 890222 to book.