William Hoare Inaugural Lecture

Date: 
10 March 2016
Wednesday 9th March saw the National Council for Palliative Care chair of trustees, Baroness Ilora Finlay,speak at the inaugural William Hoare lecture in the House of Lords, which was held by Royal Trinity Hospice as part of their 125th anniversary events.

The event was hosted by the hospice's patron, the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

Baroness Finlay spoke on how the NHS and palliative and end of life care providers can work together to generate the best support for patients and their families. 

She described end of life care provision in England as "inadequate and patchy" and highlighted how "palliative and end of life care is an emergency service."

Families were a key topic and Baroness Finlay urged people to consider the long-term effects of a death on relatives, especially children. Communication surrounding death and bereavement within educational facilities are undersupported and the long-term costs on society due to this are overlooked. 

Baroness Finlay referred to the upcoming Dying Matters Awareness Week and urged everyone to "plan for the worst, then live well". 

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