Palliative Care Week 3-9 September

The Northern Trust is hosting a ‘Palliative Care in Practice’ Conference on Monday 4 September as part of Palliative Care Week, which takes place this year from 3 to 9 September and aims to raise awareness of the positive impacts palliative care can have for patients, their families, and carers.

This year’s theme ‘What have you heard?’, asks people to think about their understanding of palliative care and encourages them to find out more. This year’s campaign includes real-life stories of individuals who have experienced palliative care.

The Northern Trust’s Director of Community Care Division Mrs Phil Hughes, MBE, said, “Palliative Care Week is an excellent opportunity to increase awareness and understanding about what palliative care is and the Northern Trust is delighted to be hosting the ‘Palliative Care in Practice’ Conference in partnership with the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care.

“People tend to associate palliative care as something for people with advanced cancer, but it’s equally important if you’re living with advanced heart or lung disease, kidney failure and other conditions such as motor neurone disease or dementia. Also people can move in and out of palliative care services as their needs change, whether they’re at home, in a nursing home, hospital or hospice.”

The Northern Trust event will focus on learning from others’ experiences in palliative care, partnership working and integration of services. The President of the European Association of Palliative Care, Professor Philip Larkin, will be a keynote speaker and will talk about the importance of compassion in the delivery of palliative care.

Head of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Karen Charnley, said: “AIIHPC is delighted to support the Northern Health and Social Care Trust as it holds this event during Palliative Care Week.

“Palliative care focuses on helping people of all ages to live well with an illness that’s life-limiting and achieve the best quality of life as their illness progresses. It involves not only the management of pain and other symptoms but offers social, emotional and spiritual support too.

Palliative care:

Ensures that a person with a serious and progressive condition, regardless of age or condition, can have the best possible quality of life
• Involves the person and those close to them
• Supports planning for the future
• May be appropriate for a number of years, not just the weeks and days at the end of life
• Puts the person at the center of care whether it is provided at home, in a nursing home, hospital or hospice.

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