NNUH host international conference on Advance Care Planning

The palliative care team at NNUH are running an Advance Care Planning conference in May to celebrate the announcement of a National ACP Day, linking in with Dying Matters Awareness Week.

It will involve partners from across palliative and end of life care and will be live streamed around the world.

The ‘Getting your House in Order’ conference will take place at the John Innes Centre from 8.30am-4.30pm on 8 May.

The event 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 will want if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Dani Ayre, Specialist Palliative Care Nurse and Educator at NNUH, said: “Advance Care Planning is important for all of us, not just those receiving end of life care. This event is about planning ahead and making sure health care professionals and your loved ones know what’s most important to you. Advance Care Planning gives you confidence that you’ll have 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.

The conference is open to groups, organisations, health care professionals and the general public. Book to secure your free ticket or livestream link. Norfolk organisations such as Norfolk Hospice, Priscilla Bacon Lodge and 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.

For more information, visit https://www.nnuh.nhs.uk/event/advance-care-planning-conference-on-8-may/

Notes to editors

Advance Care Planning is a voluntary process where someone thinks about and makes plans for their future health, social care and wider wishes. An Advance Care Plan can be one or more documents that express someone’s future health, social care and wider wishes.

The vast majority of adults in the UK have not created and shared one more advance care plan document. The aim of the awareness and action day is to help change this. Making plans in advance can be of great benefit to whilst someone is healthy, when they are unwell, for care professionals and for the person’s friends and family members.

To learn more and get involved, visit www.AdvanceCarePlanDay.org

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