TayPEOLC MCN network and engagement event

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“A Very Rich Event”

The Tayside Palliative and End of Life Care (TayPEOLC) MCN team were delighted to welcome over 120 delegates with an interest in palliative and end of life care to its first network and engagement event on 31st August in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee.

Colleagues from across Tayside working in the primary and secondary health care settings, including staff from specialist palliative care services, joined with others working in care homes, the voluntary sector, higher education and members of the public from NHS Tayside Public Partners for an interesting and informative afternoon of talks and workshop sessions.

The breadth of interest in the event clearly demonstrated the intent of the Network to be collaborative and inclusive, enabling people to work together across traditional boundaries to support the planning and delivery of consistent, equitable, high quality services to meet the needs of patients and their families in Tayside.

Delegates listened to presentations which described the progress of the MCN since its launch in October 2017. They also took the opportunity at the event to network with colleagues from other care sectors to share ideas, hear about new initiatives underway and make valuable connections.

Delegates were asked at the start of the event: ‘What Doers Palliative Care Mean To You?’ –  the Wordle below shows their response:

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The discussion session focused on what people and their communities or organisations could do to improve palliative and end of life care for the future and also what the priorities of the MCN should be. The MCN will be using the themes arising from these sessions to help establish its priorities and deliver its vision:

‘It is our vision that the Tayside Palliative and End of Life Care Network will work in partnership, with and for those who are facing serious illness, those who are near the end of life and those who are dying so that they have the care they need, when and where they need it.’

The MCN currently has a number of subgroups:

  • Data and Audit
  • Education
  • End of Life Care
  • Non-malignant Palliative Care (commencing October 2018)
  • Pharmacy
  • Research

If you have an interest in any of the above groups and would like to get involved please get in touch by emailing palliativenetwork.tayside@nhs.net

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