Hospice conference brings healthcare professionals to the borough

05 February 2016

Health and social care professionals from across the UK arrived in Leigh this week for a special conference which was organised and facilitated by Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The conference, which explored the often overlooked area of mental health in palliative care, took place at Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Wednesday (3 February).

Keynote speakers and renowned experts in palliative care addressed delegates at the conference, including Professor Mari Lloyd Williams, from the University of Liverpool, and Dr David Jolley, a leading psychiatrist in dementia care from The University of Manchester.

Other presentations covered topics such as homelessness and end of life care, dementia, depression and caring for patients with schizophrenia at the end of life. Delegates also attended workshops for more in-depth sessions.

The conference, which was chaired by Tony Bonser - Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care and St Catherine's Hospice in Preston, gave healthcare professionals a real insight in to caring for patients experiencing mental health issues both before and after a life-limiting diagnosis.

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Jo Carby, Clinical Director at Wigan and Leigh Hospice, said: "The conference was designed to tackle an area that isn't widely talked about but which is such a significant part of palliative care.

"The conference was a great success, attracting healthcare professionals from across the UK to hear experts in this field talk about key developments and current academic research. We were delighted with the event and how many delegates attended so we will certainly consider running another conference next year."

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Pictured (l-r): Dr David Jolley, from The University of Manchester; Ray Bunn, Palliative Care Pharmacist; Tony Bonser, Conference Chair and Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care; Dr Alan Baron, Chief Executive of Wigan and Leigh Hospice; and Professor Mari Lloyd Williams, from the University of Liverpool.

 

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