Highland Hospice Palliative Care Conference 2023


Please note that the order of speakers may change slightly.

You can download the programme timetable here


8:30 to 09:00 - Registration and admission online.

09:00 to 09:15 - A warm welcome and introduction from Kenny Steele, CEO, Highland Hospice

09:15 to 10:15 - Frailty and delirium and working with the wider MDT-

Dr Martin Wilson, Internal Medicine and General Medicine, Geriatrics.
Jaime McNab, QN. Jaime is the lead nurse for care homes and care at home in NHS Highland

A look at evidence based complex needs in frailty and delirium. Martin first delivered this presentation at Care Homes ECHO and this is another chance to hear fascinating information on delirium and it's impact on dementia.

10:15 to 11:00 - Pain

Dr Jeremy Keen, Lead Consultant at Highland Hospice.

Jeremy will be joining us to look at pain management, which is always a key subject and requested when we gathered feedback from the last conference.

11:00 to 11:15 - Break

11:15 to 12:15 - Recognising and caring during death and dying and caring after death & difficult conversations and talking to families

Cara Brooks and Calum Adams, Advanced Nurse Practitioners from Highland Hospice

Norma Higgott, Chaplain, and Maria Hynes, Social Worker, from Highland Hospice

Both topics are closely linked and an opportunity to look at how the journey can unfold at end of life. These subjects are also linked to adult support and protection which we will look at during Care Home and Care @ Home ECHO in the new term.

12:15 to 12:50 - Lunch


12:50 to 1:00 - Welcome back

1:00 to 2:00 - Finding the joy in work

Suzanne Turner, Queens Nurse, Regional Nurse Advisor SNI, Professional Nurse Advocate), HQ Defence Medical Services Group (HQ DMS Grp)

How do we look after ourselves?

This topic was requested via conference feedback and we had a great session to round off Care Homes ECHO which we felt everyone could benefit from regardless of where you work.

2:00 to 2:15 - Break

2:15 to 3:15 - Highland Hospice, easy access services for you, your patients and their families

Michael Loynd, End of Life Care Together Director
Kirsty Bateson, Knowledge Exchange Manager and ECHO development lead

What can you access from us, for yourselves, to deal with the most complex moments at work? How can we help to share the load?

This short walk through will highlight the Palliative Care Helpline, how it will relate to ECHO and other services going forward as well as Last Aid - a tool for families and the community.

3:15 to 4:00 - The way forward - technology and preventing isolation

Nicola Cooper, Technology and Digital Innovation Lead, Scottish Care

We have been working to align with My Health, My Care, My Home and within this framework it discusses the use of technology. Technology based care is transforming services but how do we make sure we don't isolate people even more?

4:00 to 4:15 - Round up and close