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

Tuesday 7 Dec 2021


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It is widely recognised that pain and symptom control at the end of life is not always optimal, this 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 and also discuss symptom control for patients at the end of life with Covid-19.

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

Care of dying adults in the last days of life, NICE

The findings from the most recent National Audit of Care at the End of Life Report showed that for patients dying in hospitals:

  • 73% of respondents felt the person was given sufficient pain relief, 9% disagreed or strongly disagreed
  • 69% felt the person had sufficient relief of symptoms other than pain (such as nausea or restlessness) always or most of the time, 10% disagreed
  • 60% felt the person had support to drink or receive fluid if he/she wished always or most of the time, 12% disagreed
  • 56% felt the person had support to receive nutrition, 13% disagreed

“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
  • Symptom control in Covid-19 patients at the end of life 
  • 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 said this conference would have a positive impact on patient care

Speakers Include:

Lucy Watts MBE

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

Ms Linda Nazarko OBE

Consultant Nurse Physical Healthcare
West London NHS Trust

Dr Angela Halley

Consultant in Palliative Care
Symptom Control and Palliative Care Team
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Edith Israel

Clinical Lead and Chief Consultant in Palliative Medicine, The London Clinic and NHS Leadership Academy Fellow

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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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 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 with your key audience  
  • 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 exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

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(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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