We’re hosting international Advance Care Planning event

Our Palliative Care team is running an Advance Care Planning conference in May to celebrate the announcement of a National ACP Day, linking in with Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The “Getting your House in Order” conference, at the John Innes Centre from 8.30am-4.30pm on 8 May, will involve partners from across palliative and end-of-life care and will be live-streamed around the world.

It will mark the first national Advance Care Planning day, which highlights the importance of people documenting, sharing and discussing their wishes.

Advance Care Planning involves reflecting on and communicating your wishes about the future, including what kind of health and social care you’ll want if you’re unable to speak for yourself.

Dani Ayre, Specialist Palliative Care Nurse and Educator, said: “It’s important for all of us, not just those receiving end-of-life care. This event is about planning ahead and making sure healthcare professionals and your loved ones know what’s most important to you. Advance Care Planning gives you confidence that you’ll have the personalised future care that you want and it helps people feel they have control of their own lives.”

The event is sponsored by the N&N Hospitals Charity and is open to groups, organisations, healthcare professionals and the public. Book to secure your free ticket or livestream link. Norfolk organisations such as Norfolk Hospice, Priscilla Bacon Lodge and the James Paget are livestreaming the conference for people in their area to watch. CPD, Certificate of attendance available.

Speakers include:

  • Clare Fuller, from Speak for Me
  • Dr Samantha Winemaker and Dr Hsien Seow from McMaster University
  • Tommy Whitelaw from Alliance Scotland
  • Zoe Harris from My Care Matters
  • Usha Grieve from Compassion in Dying
  • Wayne Martin from University of Essex
  • James Norris, Founder of My Wishes and The Digital Legacy Association
  • Dr Louise Grant, Palliative Care Consultant at NNUH.

Stallholders will also be present from a variety of support services offering advice and networking opportunities.