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Our Annual Conference

Every year we hold a one-day conference addressing some of the most important and topical issues for professionals working in palliative care.

Our aim is to provide an educational forum for our own nurses and clinicians as well as our partners in community and palliative care.

We keep delegate rates as competitive as possible because we know your organisations have limited budgets for education.

With a consistently high standard of speakers and a wide range of relevant topics for discussion, our conference has grown in popularity and now attracts around 150 healthcare professionals from all across the UK.

2019 Conference - 'Complexities in Palliative Care'

​Wednesday 16 October, Shendish Manor Hotel

Specialist palliative care should be available for all patients with complex needs, but the nature of ‘complexity’ is not well defined. The scope of palliative care has broadened in recent years to include supportive care from the point of diagnosis of any life-limiting illness to end of life. Simultaneously, there is a growing population of patients with chronic, long- term, multi-morbid conditions who may require specialist palliative care.

Join us on Wednesday 16 October to hear the thoughts of our speakers on ways to overcome the challenges faced by patients who have a range of health conditions and receive care from a number of health and social care providers.
This year's conference will take place at the Shendish Manor Hotel in Apsley, Hemel Hempstead. 
You can book special discounted Early Bird tickets until the end of July for just £75 by clicking the 'Register Now' button at the top of this page.

Programme for the day

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2018 Conference - 'Elderly, Frailty and Dementia: Whose Responsibility?' 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Conference on 17 October 2018 at The Holiday Inn, in Weston Turville.

Delegates enjoyed a packed and thought-provoking schedule. Read the full report from the day here

You can see the following presentations here:

Professor Malcolm Johnson
Dr Karen Harrison Dening
Sarah Burnard
Dr Caroline Nicholson 

2017 Conference - 'Loss, Grief and Bereavement'

This years conference, took place at the Clare Foundation in Saunderton, focusing on the theme ofconference 17 'Loss, Grief and Bereavement'. Colleagues from a variety of different organisations supporting people through bereavement came together for a day of learning and discussion around the issues faced by those who have experienced the death of a friend or family member. 

You can read a full report on the conference here.

2016 Conference

The conference took place at Pendley Manor in Tring. Over a hundred professionals from hospitals, hospices and community settings attended the day’s proceedings. The conference was chaired by Marie Cooper, Practice Development Lead at Hospice UK"Achieving individualised care through collaboration and partnerships – the way forward in the palliative and end-of-life community" 

Read the full report from our 2016 conference

Previous Conferences

2015 Conference - "Quality at End of Life - breaking down the barriers"
With the UK recently being ranked top in the world in the Quality of Death Index and the issue of a report in May 2015 by the Parliamentary Health Ombudsman ​showing that too many people are still being failed by end of life care, the Conference explored issues surrounding the need for quality care at the end of life.  Our keynote speaker was Simon Chapman, Director of Policy, Intelligence and Public Affairs at The National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition.

Read the full report from our 2015 Conference.

2014 Conference - "Living with Dying - valuing life, not waiting to die"

The Conference welcomed guest speakers including Professor Karol Sikora, Dr Ana Draper and Dr Russell Moule. 

2013 Conference - 'The Changing Landscape of Palliative Care – learning from practice’

Over 120 delegates heard from experts in palliative care such as keynote speaker Dr Geoff Joliffe and Professor Rob George.

Read the report from the 2013 conference.

2012 Conference - ‘Palliative Care for the Long Term’

We were honoured to welcome leading specialists such as Professor Malcolm Johnson and Dr Max Watson to our 2012 Conference. Read the report from the 2012 conference.