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A Good Death – Cornwall’s End-of-Life Conference

January 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It’s time to talk about end-of-life care with Healthwatch Cornwall.

This is an event for professionals working within Cornwall’s end-of-life care services. It will also include public workshops and an art exhibition in the afternoon – more details below.

Healthwatch Cornwall conducted research in early 2015 into Cornwall’s end-of-life support. From this, five recommendations were made, including the need for professionals to address any gaps in service or issues they faced on a day-to-day basis.

Our report can be read at: healthwatchcornwall.co.uk/our-work/our-reports/

During the morning, presentations will be made by Peninsula Community Health, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Cornwall Hospice Care, with a GP and social care perspective highlighted too. The focus of these discussions will be good practice and the challenges faced in Cornwall’s current end-of-life system.

In the afternoon examples of out-of-county end-of-life care and the soul midwifery movement will be presented. This will be followed by workshops to discuss what constitutes best practice for the patient and their family and/or friends as carers, and how joined up pathways of care should work.

A further Healthwatch Cornwall report will be produced following this event. It will indicate best practice ideals from the professionals viewpoint and include recommendations to NHS Kernow to inform an End-of-Life Charter, which will be based on the main principles agreed by the professionals attending.

Lunch is provided at the professionals’ event.

As of January 8, the professional event is fully booked. However, please email enquiries@healthwatchcornwall.co.uk to be added to the waiting list if any cancellations are made.

From 1pm to 4pm the public event will take place. This is hosted by Talking Outside of the Box, an organisation that encourages people to talk candidly about death, and will include two workshops, information stands, emotional support and an art exhibition, A Graceful Death.

The workshops will focus on planning a funeral and the legal and emotional aspects of coping with end-of-life planning and care. Spaces are limited to 25 places per workshop on a first come, first serve basis. They will run twice each during the afternoon.

Bus No27 timetable



The UK ranks top of 40 countries measured in the Quality of Death Index, as indicated in the 2015 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Read more below.

Quality of Death

2015 Quality of Death Infographic_0


January 29, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


0800 0381 281


St Austell Business Park
Treverbyn Rd
St Austell, PL25 4FD
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