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      Future of Hospice Care

 

Yesterday Help The Hospices Commission ran an interactive event in London exploring what hospice care looks like today and where is could be in 10 to 15 years time. It addressed our changing requirements and highlighted areas that are currently working well and those that need to be improved. In short it asked the umbrella question:  "What should end of life care look like?"

Industry experts and those who have used hospices or end of life care participated throughout. There was no hierarchy to proceedings and each attendee was able to put forward suggestions and give feedback based on their own experience and expertise.

 

Help the Hospices Future of Hospice Care Wall

 

Attendees were encouraged to write down areas that they would like to debate and pick a city (group) to debate them in. Once Cities attained subject matters to discuss they soon started to fill up with willing participants.

 

Deciding which City (group discussion) to join

 

Trying to decide which City (group discussion one should join)
 
Participants were encouraged to move freely between Cities whenever they wanted to.
 
Social Media and Hospice Care Feedback
 
The event was well run and interesting throughout. Everyone’s feedback was documented and overtly shared.  The feedback created during the day will help supplement the findings already attained by the Commission.
 
 
Outline of The Commission's findings
 
  1. Hospice care is a good thing and has a role of end of life care in the future
  2. Hospices needs to reach more people and needs to look after people who have traditionally not had access to hospice care. It then went on to state that Hospices needs to work differently with careers in the future
  3. Hospice care needs to be better integrated with other services. They have grown up separately to traditional healthcare infrastructures. This has allowed innovation to occur. However this now needs to integrate. Ideas around staff sharing, skill sharing etc will be explored further
  4. Hospice care could do much more to assist care in other contexts. For example at home, at hospital etc, training in the community
  5. Hospices need to become more rigorous and  engage users within research.  “Hospice care is often delivered via “old messages”.
  6. Hospices must continue to address dying, death and loss but also people wanting to  live well.
  7. Hospices need to attain feedback and work strategically with partners.

 

New social media accounts have been created solely to discuss the future of hospice care on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

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