Wednesday 18th April 2018, 12.30pm – 2.00pm: Seminar
Title: End of Life Care in Staffordshire: The health professional perspective/Dignity and spirituality in end-of-life care
Venue: Flaxman Building, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE, Room L216
Dr Rachel Massie
End of Life Care in Staffordshire: The health professional perspective
“End-of-life care is part of the core business of medicine” (The Lancet, 2012).
This presentation will summarise key findings from local qualitative research with health professionals, exploring their views and experiences of providing end of life care in Staffordshire. Doctors and consultants, providing acute health care across varying disciplines, and GP’s were asked to consider their experiences of having a conversation about end of life care, experiences of implementing end of life care and future recommendations on how to improve end of life care.
Professor Wilf McSherry
Dignity and spirituality in end-of-life care
In recent years there have been a number of reports published that have highlighted significant failings in the care provided by health and social care professionals and institutions in the United Kingdom. Analysis of these reports reveals some recurrent themes and concerns associated with the perceived erosion of core values in care such as compassion, spirituality and dignity.
This presentation will explore the meaning of dignity and spirituality highlighting how refocusing our attention on these fundamental values may challenge the prevailing culture where individual and institutional attitudes do not recognize the humanity and individuality of people.
The implications of failing to provide compassionate and person-centered care are discussed within the context of preserving the dignity, identity, spiritual beliefs and values of people while receiving end-of-life care. Some basic solutions for improving the current situation and recommendations for ongoing dialogue and debate are proposed.
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