What does end of life care look like in a community in the south west of England?

19 Dec 2011

Leading UK Palliative Care Consultant and Researcher Dr Julian Abel will be presenting a seminar at the University of Western Sydney in Jan 2012 when he visits with the Caring at end of life research team.

The presentation is on at 1pm on the 30th January 2012 at the University of Western Sydney Penrith (Kingswood) campus. If you’d like more information please contact Caring at end of life Research coordinator Kerrie Noonan k.noonan@uws.edu.au

Abstract: In 2008 the Department of Health published the National End of Life Strategy. This document was the start of a large initiative to improve end of life care for all patients across the whole of the United Kingdom.  Participation in this project has been met enthusiastically from hospital teams, hospices, primary care teams, ambulance services and care homes. We will discuss the major themes of the National End of Life Strategy and how these have been implemented in North Somerset, a community of 200,000 people in the south west of England. We will look at how compassionate communities fit into this model.

Biography: Julian Abel has been a palliative care consultant in the west of England in a small town 20 miles south of Bristol for the last 10 years where he worked half time in the hospice and half in the local district hospital. Over the last few years he has been engaged on a local, regional and national level on the development and implementation of the National End of Life Strategy, published in 2008. Julian is a clinical lead for the South West Strategic Health Authority End of Life group. This SHA covers a population of about 5 million people. Particular developments that they have been involved with are advance care planning documentation and use, and development and implementation of an electronic end of life register  which can be seen by the whole health community and contains the wishes of patients around end of life care.


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