Wigan and Leigh Hospice announces 2017 conference

13 July 2016

A conference on the challenging behaviours associated with cognitive impairment will be hosted by Wigan and Leigh Hospice in February 2017.

'Confused about Confusion in Palliative Care?' will explore the management and care of patients who experience more complex symptoms and more challenging behaviours, due to conditions such as delirium, dementia and brain tumours, and the ways in which this can be managed in a variety of settings.

Keynote speakers and experts will address delegates at the conference, including award-winning cartoonist and writer, Tony Husband, who will share his personal experience of his father's changing behaviour due to dementia. Following his father's death, Tony wrote a book called 'Take Care, Son: The Story of my Dad and his Dementia', which was published in 2014.

Steve Jones, senior lecturer at Edge Hill University, will discuss the link between the mental capacity act and the deprivation of liberty safeguards. Dr Anna Fryer, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at Arrowe Park Hospital, will speak about managing mental symptoms at the end of life.

During the conference, in-depth workshops will explore issues such as patient management case studies and dementia care in a day hospice environment.

The one-day event will take place on Wednesday 8th February 2017 at Leigh Sports Village in Greater Manchester and will be chaired by Tony Bonser - Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care and St Catherine's Hospice in Preston.

The conference will be beneficial for professionals working in specialist palliative care, mental health settings and health and social care services including hospital staff, GPs, doctors, nurses, social workers and counsellors.

An early bird fee of £90 is available if booked and paid before 31st October 2016. A standard fee of £120 will apply to all bookings made after this date.

Further information and booking forms are available here. Alternatively, please contact the Education Department at Wigan and Leigh Hospice on 01942 525566 or email: education@wlh.org.uk.

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