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2015 Annual Conference Confirmed – Registration Now Open

We are delighted to announce our 2015 national annual conference:

"The choice to die at home – a reality or an aspiration? Does hospice at home hold the key?”

The conference will take place at The Met Hotel in Leeds on 1st and 2nd October.

We are in the process of finalising an exciting programme to include keynote presentations from:

Jane Cummings
Chief Nursing Officer – NHS England

Claire Henry
Chief Executive – NCP

Professor Sheila Payne
Emeritus Professor in Palliative Care, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University and President, European Association for Palliative Care.

For more information about the Conference, click here →

To register for the Conference, click here →

NAHH awarded Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) status

The NAHH executive is delighted to have been awarded registration as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) by the Charity Commission on 15th August 2014. The executive body are the Trustees of the CIO and are currently preparing a two year work plan which includes developing robust governance arrangements now we are successfully registered.

Update on the progress of the NAHH audit tool to meet the national hospice at home standards

February 2014:
Role out to pilot sites with feedback by April 30th

February to Summer:
Collation of feedback

Summer:
Workshop to provide feedback and updates to all members (Date and venue to be confirmed).

August to December:
We aim to role out to all members by the end of the year.

Read more: Update on the progress of the NAHH audit tool to meet the national hospice at home standards

NAHH response to RCN concerns about future of district nurses

(For e-hospice release)

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has recently expressed concern over the reduction of skilled district nurses in the community across England. This is not a surprise to the National Association for Hospice at Home (NAHH) who has acknowledged this trend and have worked with their members over several years to highlight the need for increased care in the community – especially for those at the end of life.

Many Hospice at Home organisations are dependent upon working in partnership with district nurses and have consistently reported pressures on district nursing teams ultimately increasing the demand on services such as Hospice at Home to support palliative care patients.

In principle this partnership works well aiming to provide a high quality service for patients however when the core service is compromised all resources are adversely affected contributing at times to inadequate care. It would seem cuts and changes to services rarely consider the impact on patients and families or the subsequent domino effect on all provider services involved in patient care. The RCN stated “a lack of any district nurses would not mean the end of home care visits but would lead to a serious disintegration of the community care system”. This is at a time when government targets are focused on caring for patients at home and enabling home deaths. For the government to realise their targets the core or “glue” of community services must be preserved and enhanced to enable other partners to continue to support these services, and those needing them into the future.

The NAHH fully support district nurses in addressing the workforce issues and being equipped to fully meet the escalating demands for their core services.

Sue Varvel & Kay Greene
Chair & Vice Chair
National Association for Hospice at Home
June 20th 2014

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