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A Practical Guide to Best Practice Symptom Control & Management in End of Life Care

Friday 16 Oct 2020


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The findings from the 2018/19 NACEL Report showed that for patients dying in hospitals:

  • 72% of respondents felt the person was given sufficient pain relief always or most of the time, 11% sometimes almost never or never
  • 62% felt the person had sufficient relief of symptoms other than pain (such as nausea or restlessness) always or most of the time, 16% sometimes, almost never or never
  • 50% felt the person had support to drink or receive fluid if he/she wished always or most of the time, 21% sometimes

It is widely recognised that pain and symptom control at the end of life is not always optimal, this hybrid conference focuses on symptom control and management in end of life care – supporting you to deliver best practice in managing both common and difficult to control experienced symptoms to maintain the person's comfort and dignity without causing unacceptable side effects. The conference will focus on both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of symptom management. 

“Poorly controlled symptoms can lead to considerable distress for the dying person.”

Care of dying adults in the last days of life (NG31), NICE 

“By continuing to assess signs and symptoms that suggest someone is in the last days of their life, responsive and compassionate care can be provided to ensure that the person is as comfortable as possible if their condition continues to deteriorate.”


This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve symptom control and management for people at the end of life
  • Reflect on the lived experience of a person with a terminal illness and how we can better involve people in decision making and preferences for symptom management 
  • Learn from outstanding practice in managing common, and difficult to control symptoms at the end of life 
  • Reflect on national developments and learning
  • Ensure effective management of pain, breathlessness and respiratory secretions, nausea and vomiting, constipation and other common end of life symptoms 
  • Improve the way pain is managed at the end of life, including the use of controlled drugs
  • Develop best practice in prescribing for symptom control in End of Life Care including developing the role of the non-medical prescriber 
  • Understand prescribing side effects and toxicity at the end of life 
  • Understand how you can improve the management of hydration and nutrition including latest evidence on Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration 
  • Identify key strategies for managing Agitation, Delirium and Anxiety at the end of life
  • Develop your role in providing physiological, psychological, social and spiritual support
  • Improve the use of complementary therapies 
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague

MBE Lucy Watts

Ambassador & Young Avenger Together for Short Lives People in Partnership Steering Group Member Hospice UK

Melinda Presland

Consultant Pharmacist End of Life Care
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Amy Proffitt

Deputy Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine
St Christopher's Hospice

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or a virtual booth, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience on-site and virtually 
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for virtual & hybrid exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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