The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care Annual Conference took place on 22nd September, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. In attendance, a range of people from palliative & end-of-life care and the health and social care sector (including of course Living Well in Communities).
This is a summary (and recording thanks to University of Glasgow’s End of Life team) of what went on during the day.
This year’s theme of Realistic Palliative Care was inspired by the CMO’s annual report: Realistic Medicine. The six point approach below is just as applicable to palliative care and quality of death.
Making the Case for Palliative Care in Times of Austerity
Professor Charles Normand, Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Dublin
What do people want? Less hassle. It is bad enough to be dying.
- Evaluation of palliative care is difficult and important, so better tools for assessing value and cost need to evolve. It’s impossible to have simple measures for complex activities with complex objectives.
- Early interventions can reduce costs and improve care, particularly for those with complex needs.
- Improving access when needed and reducing stress on informal carers are common themes stated in palliative care preferences.
- Those requiring care often have different goals and priorities than their families and carers.
The Living well with Frailty event, held at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on the 27th of October brought together colleagues from across the health and social care sector to undertake a deep dive into the issues surrounding frailty.
The day comprised morning and afternoon plenaries, as well as eight breakout sessions ranging from ‘A focus on Dementia – personal outcomes in practice?’ to ‘Care Homes: My care, Your care, Our care – Designing a Care Home for the future’. For a full list of the sessions please download a copy of the agenda from the day. A comprehensive overview of each of the sessions is available below.
Timely identification and co-ordination of care for older people living with frailty
Presenters: Penny Bond and Karen Goudie
During this workshop, Karen and Penny from Healthcare Improvement Scotland led a discussion with attendees on what it means to be an older person with frailty going through our hospital system. Brief patient stories were shared to highlight opportunities and challenges as a starting point for discussion. Attendees then shared experience of testing and implementing different approaches to identifying and coordinating frailty care within acute care settings. The timely identification and co-ordination of care for older people living with frailty presentation can be viewed via the following link and you can watch a video of Mrs Andrews’ story on YouTube below.