Palliative and End of Life Care: Improving Partnership Working
56,000 people in Scotland die every year, with 46,000 people needing some form of palliative or end of life care. However, it is thought that a quarter of these people do not get the care that they deserve.
The Scottish Government has committed to a bold ambition to ensure that, by 2021, everyone who needs palliative care in Scotland has access to it under the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care. Yet, stakeholders argue that while Scotland has improved services for end of life care, a substantial gap needs to be bridged if the Scottish Government is to deliver a vision of care for all.
The pressures of an ageing population require additional work to ensure that health and social care services have sufficient resources, data and finance to deliver quality, accessible and robust care. Moreover, end of life care also requires a range of decisions: hospice scare, end-of-life planning, financial arrangements, medical experimentation and patient rights to self-determination.
Attend this Holyrood briefing on the 7th of February for an update on the latest policy surrounding palliative and end of life care in Scotland. We will bring expert speakers and delegates together to examine the challenges faced by the health and social care workforce, demands on resources, how to place the patient at the centre of care and how to ensure that patients and families are receiving the best level of care during the last stage of their lives.
Key issues to be addressed
- Understanding the current policy landscape surrounding end of life care in Scotland
- Greater openness about death, dying and bereavement for patients and families
- Understanding the role of health and social care services in delivering person-centred care in the final phase of life
- Challenges for the health and social care workforce to adapt to rising demand
- Nurturing and empowering patients to make sound decisions: planning, financial arrangements and medical experimentation
- Sharing and learning from good practice from across the sector
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome and Introduction from Chair
10:05 Session 1: Policy and Overview
- Examining the next steps for the 'Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care'
- Understanding the current policy landscape surrounding palliative and end of life care in Scotland
- Understanding the challenges facing the health and social care workforce due to increasing demographics
10.05 Current Palliative and End of Life Care Services in Scotland
Mark Hazelwood, CEO, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
11:00 Questions and Discussion
11:20 Refreshments and Networking
11:40 Session 2: Empowering Patients throughout Palliative Care
11:40 Partnership Working in Palliative Care
- The role of third and independent sector in palliative care provision
- Impact of demographic changes on service provision and support
Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Marie Curie
- Examining how we can empower patients experiencing palliative care to live with independence and control while also being protected against unreasonable risks
- Nurturing and empowering patients to make sound decisions about their care: planning, financial arrangements and medical experimentation
- Adopting a person-centred approach where individuals are treated with dignity and respect
- Supporting individuals to live a full and purposeful life, and enable individuals to realise their ability and potential
12:50 Lunch and Networking
13:45 Session 3: Improving End of Life Care
- Greater openness surrounding death, dying and bereavement for individuals and their families
- Supporting families through the final stages of a loved ones life
- Provision of high quality inpatient care in the final stage of life
- Placing the individual at the centre of their care until the end
- Sufficient and well-supported bereavement follow-up
14:50 Questions and Discussion
15:20 Closing Remarks from Chair
15:30 Close of Event