Prospect Hospice's care home conference a big success

Health and social care professionals from across the region, including many from local care homes, came together for Prospect Hospice’s first end-of-life care conference at Alexandra House Hotel recently.

The all day conference, themed Personalising End-of-Life Care, was many months in planning, and featured highly informative presentations from visiting speakers Dr Simon Manchip, Great Western Hospital’s consultant in old age psychiatry, and Professor Chris Johns from the University of Bedfordshire. 

Our two visiting speakers were also joined by Jill Beckhelling, Prospect Hospice’s education facilitator, who launched our education passport concept, which will support care home professionals throughout their careers. Later in the day our clinical nurse specialist team leader Catherine Piggin presented on the subject of personalising care at the end of life, focusing on the five priorities for the care of the dying person, which prompted discussions and feedback sessions involving all delegates.

Delegates at the conference were enthusiastic in their response to what they had heard and experienced during the day. Gayle Sanders, manager at Ashgrove House said: “We are very keen to take forward the passport idea, and the conference generally has been fantastic, full of really useful material that we will be glad to take back to our workplace.”

Tracy Brain, manager at Lansdowne Hill, was equally impressed: “It has been a really informative day,” she said. “We are one of the care homes that has been involved in the passport pilot, and it has been nice to share some of our experience with some of the other delegates here. Today’s conference will have given many of the people here an insight into how best to manage dying with dignity for residents in our care homes.”

Warren Finney, Prospect Hospice’s head of community engagement, said: “This has been a great conference,  generating some excellent initial feedback and superb responses to the expressions of interest from care home staff and managers looking to participate in the passport. The speakers all added real value and insight, and its success is a credit to the fantastic organisation and commitment skills of the education, community nurse specialist  and communications teams at Prospect Hospice.“

Our thanks to everyone who joined us at Alexandra House for our conference, for your willingness to contribute so enthusiastically to the success of what was a very special day.