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End of Life Care
17 Jun 2009
Keynote speakers: Edward Leigh MP (pictured) and Prof. Mike Richards CBE Chair, End of Life Care Strategy Advisory Board

This conference came in the wake of Lord Darzi's High Quality Care for All: Next Stage Review, which identified end of life care as one of the eight care pathways that the NHS will focus on.

The Department of Health published its End of Life Care Strategy in July of last year, which aims to reduce emergency admissions and enable people to live and die in a place of their choice and resulted in the department committing £286 million to end of life care services over the next two years.

To help deliver on these government initiatives this conference brought together primary care, social services, hospices, care homes, community nurses, commissioners, specialist palliative care, out-of-hours services, clinical, voluntary and community services and all those concerned with helping people to have a good death in a place of their choice.

Edward Leigh MP
Chair, Public Accounts Committee , House of Commons

Edward Leigh MP
Chair, Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons

Professor Mike Richards CBE
Chair, End of Life Care Strategy Advisory Board and National Cancer Director, Department of Health

Questions and discussion
Session 1

Tom McBride & Tom Ling
Economic modelling

Tom Bowen & Marianna Saville
Place of care: identifying alternatives to hospital for end of life care

Jo Blackburn
Director of Practice Development, Help the Hospices

Paul Cronin
CEO, Severn Hospice, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and North Powys

Questions and discussion
Session 2

Seminar 1
Developing end of life care pathways

Caron Williams
Lead Commissioner End of Life Care and Continuing Health Care, Solihull NHS Care Trust

Dr James Morrow
Chair of the Clinical Management Board, Assura Cambridge LLP (Department of Health Integrated Care Pilot Site)

Panel debate
How can we assure ourselves that we are commissioning effectively to promote quality end of life care?