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Kent Conference to Promote Better End Of Life Care

Posted on 8th May 2017

Heart of Kent Hospice and Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust are to host a joint conference for nursing, medical and social care professionals which seeks to increase the quality of palliative and end of life care.

Entitled A Healthy Death, the one day conference is set for Wednesday 10 May during Dying Matters Week. The event is free and invitations have been sent to over fifty healthcare professionals throughout Kent, from GPs, district nurses, Maidstone Hospital staff, nursing students at Christchurch Canterbury and Greenwich Universities, and dementia and social care charities.

The aim of the conference is to share best practice and ultimately improve care for the terminally ill across Kent. The packed schedule for the day includes topics as wide ranging as effective pain assessment and management, nutrition and hydration at the end of life, and helping people with learning disabilities to understand and cope with a life-limiting illness. There will be case studies from within the Hospice and the opportunity to hear the experiences of the carer of a patient with Dementia.

Conference speakers from Heart of Kent Hospice and Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust will be joined by experienced palliative care professionals from the University of Kent, Barts Health NHS Trust and West Kent Urgent Care Home Treatment Service.

Kerry Harrison, Patient Services Director at Heart of Kent Hospice said: “We’re delighted to be able to collaborate with Kent Community Health Foundation NHS Trust to hold this conference.

“As an independent charity receiving most of its income from donations, we can’t hope to look after every person with a terminal illness in our catchment area, which is why the conference is so important. As experts in our field, we can influence the quality of end of life care among local healthcare professionals, giving them the confidence to help their patients maintain control and have a ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ death.”

Mary Kirk, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Head of Practice Excellence and Quality and End of Life Clinical Lead for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network, said: “It is so important people talk to their family and those important to them to know their wishes when they come to the end of their life. We are pleased to work with Heart of Kent Hospice to raise the importance of getting care and treatment right for people at the end of their life, sharing best evidence and research to enable people to have a healthy death.”

Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and also share knowledge during the networking lunch which is sponsored by Argo Life and Legacy who will also being giving a seminar on end of life planning.

A Healthy Death takes place on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at Heart of Kent Hospice, Preston Hall, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7PU. Numbers are limited and for healthcare professionals only, so to receive an invitation please contact Karen Dadson, Administration Coordinator at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust. karen.dadson@kentcht.nhs.uk

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