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Supportive and Palliative Care Research and Audit Conference – November 2016

What did we do?
NIHR CLAHRC GM in collaboration with the North West Palliative Care Audit Group, The Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network’s Research and Audit Specialist Interest Group and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust held a national end-of-life conference, at The Chancellers Conference Centre in Manchester. The main themes of the conference were research and audit in relation to palliative care.

Why was it important?
Compared to other specialties palliative and end-of-life care is under researched and audited. The aim of the conference was to provide a forum where people involved in end-of-life care had the opportunity to network, share ideas and discuss and present audit and research findings with colleagues. The main focus was putting local evidence into practice, improving care provision and moving priority setting forward.

How was it received?
The conference was very well attended with over 100 delegates from across a wide range of professions and organisations. Over half (n=52) of the delegates completed an evaluation form. Feedback regarding the content and delivery was extremely positive, as the quotes below illustrate:


  • "I am encouraged to be involved in audit and research."
  • "Thought provoking. Every presentation had elements to enhance clinical practice."
  • "Great day! Please repeat!"


Next Steps?
Continue to forge collaborative research, and engage more people and organisations in end-of-life research, with a view to repeating this conference in 2018.

More Information
For more information please contact Michael Spence (Programme Manager).