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Care of Dying Adults in The Last Days of Life

Monday 29 April 2019
Novotel Conference Centre, York

Care of Dying Adults in The Last Days of Life
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Improving care and ensuring adherence to the NICE National Quality Standard

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“High quality palliative care should be accessible to everyone. We will all die. And when we face the end of our lives, we should expect to be offered the highest possible quality of care that attends to our physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Our families and those close to us should feel valued, involved and supported.” Professor Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care

“There is huge variation in the quality of care that people receive at the end of their life.” Care Quality Commission

This national conference will look at improving care of the dying adults in the last days of life and ensuring adherence to the national NICE quality standard in practice.

“We know the vast majority of people in this country receive very good care at the end of life, but this isn’t always the case… Our guidance will support doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals so that they can work together to ensure that people die with dignity, whenever possible in the place of their choosing and with their symptoms effectively controlled.” Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE

Through national updates, and practical case studies the conference will focus on improving care of adults in the last days of life. Sessions will focus on putting personal experience first, monitoring adherence against the national NICE standards in practice, alignment of care with the preferences and needs of the dying person and those important to them, predicting and recognising last days of life and managing uncertainty, developing individual care plans and goals, symptom control and hydration and effective prescribing including anticipatory prescribing at the end of life.

Benefits of attending 
This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with those working to improve care in the last days of life
  • Reflect on the lived experience of caring for a dying person as a family member
  • Monitor progress and adherence against the National Quality Standard in your service
  • Update your knowledge on national developments in end of life care
  • Learn from established practice in supporting people to live well to the very end
  • Ensure best practice in clinical management of the dying phase including symptom control, hydration and prescribing
  • Explore latest evidence in predicting and recognising last days of life and managing uncertainty
  • Develop effective individual care plans and goals for every end of life care patient in line with the national evidence
  • Understand how you can improve Palliative Care at the Front Door: earlier decisions, earlier conversations
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

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