Compton Hospice Thinking Differently Conference 2017

Posted on 08 November 2017.

More than 200 people from hospices and health organisations across the midlands attended Compton’s annual conference.

The conference entitled ‘Thinking Differently About Palliative and End of Life Care’ took place at Wolverhampton Science Park and explored approaches to designing and delivering palliative and end of life care, with a focus on non-malignant conditions, and considered the role of both hospices both now and in the future.

A total of 10 experts, including keynote speakers, Professor Steve Field, Carole Walford, Chief Clinical Officer at Hospice UK and Professor Keri Thomas, covered a wide range of topics relating to the conference’s theme and provided insights into the work they have been involved in. Compton Hospice Chief Executive Claire Marshall also spoke at the event.

There were also representatives from numerous organisations at the event, including Wolverhampton Lymphooedema Service, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre and Healthwatch Wolverhampton.

Dr Katherine Birch, Head of Education and Development, said: “At Compton, our aim is to ensure that everyone receives the high-quality and personalised care they deserve and we are determined to work collaboratively to achieve this ambition.

“However, with an increasingly ageing population, many of whom have complex conditions, and with major changes being proposed to the organisation of health and social care in England, we would suggest that there is an urgent need for all of us to think differently about how palliative and end of life care should be designed and who delivers it.

“Our annual conference gave us the opportunity for us to explore creative approaches to providing palliative and end of life care and to think about our roles now and in the future.”

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