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Celebrating 30 years of making the difference when it matters the most

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We are delighted to announce our 30th anniversary conference on Thursday 21 October 2021.

We have an exciting programme for you:

9.15-9.30am - Welcome - Liz Searle, CEO Keech Hospice Care.

9.30-10.30am - Children’s palliative care. An exploration of the unmet needs of children and their families from the perspective of parents and staff members - Georgina Constantinou, Keech Hospice Care research student.

15min discussion.

10.45-11.30am - How can we all work together to improve palliative and end of life care for people experiencing homelessness? People experiencing homelessness are some of the most disadvantaged in our society. They die young, have high rates of premature ageing and multi morbidity and yet rarely have access to palliative care support - Dr Caroline Shulman, GP and Researcher in Homeless and Inclusion Health.

15min discussion.

11.45am-12pm - Break

12-12.45pm - ‘I am Dying a Slow Death of White Guilt’. Spiritual Carers in a South African Hospice Navigate Issues of Race and Cultural Diversity - Ronita Mahilall, CEO St. Lukes Combined Hospices, South Africa.

15min discussion.

1-1.15pm - Closing words - Liz Searle.

Presentations:

Georgina's presentation will include:

  • why harnessing the experiences of parents is essential in the development of palliative care services
  • interview-diary study with parents currently caring for a life-limited child and semi-structured interviews with bereaved parents
  • analysis of studies
  • why further research is needed identifying parents’ awareness of available information and resources
  • further investigation into the working practices between services
  • conclude the overall need for suitable respite to be available to families.

Dr Caroline Shulman's presentation will include:

  • summarising some of the routes into homelessness
  • the complexity of need
  • barriers and challenges in accessing high quality palliative care
  • what we can all do to help.

Ronita Mahilall's presentation:

  • “Culturally appropriate spiritual care is increasingly recognised as a crucial component of spiritual care. As part of a larger study, we were interested in cultural issues as experienced by spiritual carers in a hospice in Cape Town, South Africa. We conducted one-on-one interviews and focus group discussions with a cohort of spiritual care workers, who, being volunteers and relatively privileged South Africans, discussed their sensitivity to cultural issues, but also mentioned a host of political and identity issues which profoundly affect their work. The data suggest that the concept of culturally appropriate care must be understood and acted on contextually”.

If you are booking on behalf of other individuals, please make sure that each individual joining the conference has their own ticket, even if you join from the same device.

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