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.