An Ambitious New World conference and awards ceremony

The NCPC's flagship conference ‘An ambitious new world: building the future for palliative and end of life care’  ran for two days at Keele University on March 23-24. Nearly 200 people gathered at Keele for two days of looking at the current state of palliative care and future developments. Key note speakers included Baroness Ilora Finlay, Professor Bee Wee, Sir Mike Richards and Sir Keith Pearson. A highlight of the second day was a dramatised reading of the experiences of Lesley Goodburn and the death of her husband Seth. 

The conference also featured the NCPC's end of life care awards. St Giles Hospice was named Bereavement Project of the Year, supported by Cruse Bereavement Care, for its Bereavement Help Points. Starting with a single help point in  Sutton Coldfield, the project now has seven help points with two more to open in 2016. 

The Pushing Up Daisies festival won the Dying Matters Awareness Initiative of the Year. The eight day event in May 2015 encouraged the people of Todmorden to think about and talk about death and dying. It featured film, theatre, dance, music and much more. 

CoSI was named End of Life Care Champion of the Year, sponsored by Care Choices. Based in North West Surrey, CoSI is a collaborative model of care for people at home with deteriorating health in the last weeks of their lives. 

St Helena Hospice won the Effective Coordination of Care Award, sponsored by Christies Care. St Helena launched a 24-hour telephone triage and rapid response system across North East Essex. It now receives over 2,500 calls a month. As a result, hospital deaths in the area have fallen faster than the national average. 

Over the course of the two days, representatives the recently chosen trusts making up the Building on the best programme also met for the first time, sometimes joining the main sessions. Their sessions helped form them together as a group at the start of their two-year programme of learning and development. 

The whole two days was well received, with positive feedback and more than a few people asking for the dates for next year!