• Hospices open up end of life discussion at conference

Pendleside Hospice | Hospice Care for Burnley and Pendle

Hospices open up end of life discussion at conference

More than 130 people attended a conference which provided guidance on improving end of life care.

We organised the ‘End of Life Care Conference’ alongside Rossendale Hospice in a bid to share best practice and help open up the discussion about end of life care.

The event, held at Turf Moor, was open to all health and social care workers in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale. It featured presentations from a number of health care professionals, followed by workshops on pressure ulcers and relaxation techniques and hand massage.

The talks provided information about a range of topics relating to end of life care including the importance of the care, and information about Parkinson’s and pancreatic cancer.

Both hospices have been delivering end of life care education to care homes and domiciliary agencies across Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale for the past six years.

The conference, which was timed to coincide with national Hospice Care Week, aimed to share best practice about end of life care and consolidate training.

Jeanette Shepherd, End of Life Care Facilitator for care homes, Pendleside and Rossendale Hospices said: “there’s been a fantastic turn out again this year, with around 100 delegates and 32 speakers and stall holders.

“The delegates who attend all have an important role to play in helping facilitate end of life care. It’s very important that we open up conversations around end of life care, and by educating people about the importance of advance care plans it should help reduce the taboo.

“We’d like to thank Burnley FC in the Community for providing the space and facilities to host the conference.”

It was the fourth annual conference, and to mark Hospice Care Week’s ‘Go Yellow’ day delegates were asked to dress in something yellow.

Speakers at the event included East Lancashire CCG, a Parkinson specialist nurse, a pancreatic cancer nurse and Pendleside’s Chief Executive Helen McVey and Palliative Medicine Consultant Dr Anna MacPherson.

Dionne Standbridge, programme director at East Lancashire CCG, who spoke at the conference said: “It was fantastic to see so many health and social care professionals at the conference today, organised as part of Hospice Care Week. We recognise this as an important event in the Hospice events calendar as it helps to emphasise the importance of working together locally to provide effective end life care for people who need this support”.

Sharon Swales, senior carer at Marsden Grange in Nelson said: “The conference has been really informative and interesting. In particular, I’ve found the information about Parkinson’s very beneficial as we have a number of residents with the condition.

“Talking about end of life care is very important. As a society we tend to avoid these discussions with our loved ones as they can be very difficult to have. But being able to follow a loved one’s wishes before they pass away is one of the most important things we can do for them.”