Dozens of health professionals attended a conference in West Norfolk to discuss the best methods for caring for cancer patients and others nearing the end of their lives.
The event, the third of its kind to be organised by the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WNCCG), took place at Leziate Park last Tuesday and allowed health service chiefs and charity representatives the chance to share experiences and ideas.
Speakers included the commissioning group’s chief officer, Dr Sue Crossman, as well as representatives of the hospice, academic and charitable sectors. The WNCCG has set up a special board to co-ordinate the work being done to improve the range of care options available to people in the last days of their lives.
Hanne Lene Scherif, the WNCCG’s commissioning lead for end of life care, said: “It was very exciting to see so many professionals from different backgrounds and services come together to discuss and reflect on end of life care in West Norfolk.
“The presentations, Q&A panel sessions and round table discussions centred on key topics in the services we provide to patients with life limiting conditions and were very inspiring and useful for planning of current and future services.”
The commissioning group has already set up four enhanced end of life beds in a care home for people who do not need hospital care, but who either do not want or are not able to die at home.
The borough has also become one of six Macmillan end of life innovation centres in the country.
The programme includes funding for a full-time palliative care nursing consultant, whose role is to improve care in the community.