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.

2021 Virtual Conference - 'Widening Horizons'

Our annual conference took take place as a virtual programme on Wednesday 21 April 2021. 

The virtual conference explored the theme ‘Widening Horizons’. Thank you to all attendees.

2021 Virtual Conference programme

  • Chair Lesley Baillie, Clinical Trustee, Rennie Grove Hospice Care - Welcome and introduction  
  • Gemma Allen Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Mary Stephens Hospice, Birmingham - Plenary Speaker
  • Gurch Randhawa Professor of Diversity in Public Health, University of Bedfordshire - talk about his research into ethnically diverse communities
  • Jo Elverson Specialist Palliative Medicine Consultant, St Oswald’s Hospice - working with GPs on transition for young adults with life limiting illnesses
  • Debbie Braybrook  Research Associate, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation - on her research on the palliative care needs of those in the LGBT community
  • Rachel Daly Professional and Practice Development Facilitator, Dementia UK - inequalities experienced by people living and dying with dementia
  • Dr Caroline Schulman GP in Homeless and Inclusion Health - the provision of palliative care for those experiencing homelessness.
  • ​Sharon Fairclough, Head of Family Support Services, Rennie Grove Hospice Care - ​A moment of Mindfulness

2019 Conference - 'Complexities in Palliative Care'

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. 

What people said about our conference in 2019:

This conference had the most meat on the bone of any I’ve ever attended, so interesting and thought provoking.”

“Rennie Grove Hospice Care's conference was as excellent as always. Informative, useful and speak of important issues of the time.”

“I would unreservedly recommend this conference. It was a well planned, well presented programme, reasonably priced and accessible.”

“First time I've attended, very good conference and extremely good value for money. Well worth the two hour drive in pouring rain!”

With thanks to MMG for their support with the 2021 Virtual Conference

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