Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for palliative and end of life care: choice, standards and reducing inequalities

Tuesday, 25th April 2017

Central London


Delegates will consider next steps for improving the quality of palliative care services, including widening choice and reducing variation in access. It takes place in light of the Department of Health’s recent commitments to further personalisation of care, greater accessibility for all sections of the population, and to developing innovation in delivery, following the findings of the independent review carried out by the Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board in 2015.

Attendees will also consider the future of regulation in the context of the CQC’s thematic review on inequalities in end of life care, published in May 2016. Further sessions look at the impact on the provision of palliative care of commissioning new models of care and Sustainability and Transformation Plans - and at key issues relating to skills, education and workforce development, with new guidance published by the GMC this year. We also expect discussion on forthcoming priorities for paediatric, palliative and end of life services as NICE finalises its guidelines in this area.

Guest of Honour

Professor Bee Wee

National Clinical Director, End of Life Care, NHS England

Guest of Honour

Professor Bee Wee

National Clinical Director, End of Life Care, NHS England

Keynote Speakers

Dr Alison Austin

Lead, Personalisation and Control, NHS England

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Chair of Trustees, National Council for Palliative Care and Chair, National Mental Capacity Forum


Stuart Andrew MP

Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hospice and Palliative Care

Robert Flello MP

Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hospice and Palliative Care


Peter Hartland

Chief Executive, St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield

Mary Agnew

Assistant Director of Standards and Ethics, General Medical Council

Jagtar Dhanda

Head of Inclusion, Macmillan Cancer Support

Senior speaker from Optimity Advisors

Jacque Mallender

Lead Partner for Public Policy, Optimity Advisors

Dr Renée McCulloch

Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, The Louis Dundas Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Amanda Cheesley

Professional Lead for Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care, Royal College of Nursing

Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders

Macmillan GP, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group and Royal College of General Practitioners and Marie Curie National Clinical End-of-Life Care Champion

Professor Sam Ahmedzai

Chair, Care of the Dying Adult Guideline Development Group, NICE and Chair, End of Life Care Audit Steering Group, Royal College of Physicians