Rennie Grove Hospice At Home communications officer Gemma Baxter looks forward to the charity’s annual conference.
Our Hospice at Home nurses join us with experience of either palliative or community care and our in-house education team arranges a unique and bespoke training package to ensure every nurse has the knowledge, skills and support he or she needs.
The Rennie Grove Conference forms part of that package, providing access to specialists in life-limiting illness and the chance to network with healthcare professionals from all over the country.
The Green Park Conference Centre in Aston Clinton plays host once again, and next Wednesday about 150 delegates will descend on the leafy lanes to discuss how we can ensure our patients keep receiving the best possible care in the place of their choice.
This year’s theme is Quality At End Of Life – Breaking Down The Barriers, and speakers will aim to address some of the most important and topical issues around end of life care.
Rennie Grove trustee Elaine Coleridge-Smith, who is the independent chair of the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board, will chair the conference.
Simon Chapman, director of policy, intelligence and public affairs at the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition, is giving the keynote speech.
Robert Tobin, a leading lawyer in the subject of clinical negligence, will give a presentation entitled Living With The End In Mind.
Clinical oncologist from Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, Dr Nick Bates, will speak about When To Stop Chemotherapy. And reader and consultant in palliative medicine at Kings College Hospital, Dr Fliss Murtagh, will present on measuring outcomes as part of ensuring patients receive the best care to provide not only the best quality of life but also a ‘good’ death.
Delegates will also hear from two diabetes specialist nurses based at the Luton Treatment Centre, about the end of life care challenges and pitfalls specific to diabetes.
We’re delighted to welcome to the panel of speakers this year, our own ambassador and dedicated volunteer Doreen Beattie, who will present her work with patients in our day hospice at Grove House, where she has been compiling patients’ ‘Life Stories’.
The Rennie Grove conference is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in palliative care. Register at www.renniegrove.org/conference or call 01442 890222.