MRC Seminar - End of Life Care

Wednesday 25 May 2011, 9.30AM to 12noon

Speaker(s): Margaret Holloway, Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Sciences, University of Hull

In 2008, the Department of Health launched its End of Life Care Strategy, Promoting High Quality Care for all Adults at the End of Life, with the aims of providing people approaching the end of life with more choice about where they would like to live and die. The National End of Life Care Programme, which exists to support the Department of Health’s Strategy, works with health and social care services across all sectors to develop, support, promote and share good practice. It aims to promote high quality, person-centred care for all adults at the end of life, and to enable more people nearing the end of life to choose where they live and die.

The focus of this seminar will be to look at an overview of End of Life Care research in general, considering the implications for social care. The key message of the National End of Life Care Programme’s social care framework, Supporting People to Live and Die Well, will be presented, along with the interim findings from the evaluation of the social care test sites, a project which has piloted different approaches to End of Life Care.

In addition, delegates will have the opportunity to hear and discuss the findings from research into the spirituality and social context of death in today’s world, including a recent project on contemporary funerals. There will be an emphasis on exploring the challenge for social work, particularly thinking about changes in patterns of dying and the cultural context, and shifting professional roles and relationships.

Professor Margaret Holloway began working for Manchester Social Services in 1974 after graduating from the University of York, and qualified as a social worker in 1977. She spent the next 13 years combining practising as a social worker in a range of settings, working as a social work tutor and sessional lecturer. Her PhD focused on ‘Philosophical and Spiritual Issues in Death, Dying and Bereavement’.

Margaret has worked at the University of Hull since 2004, where her research explores death, dying and bereavement, social aspects of chronic illness and disability, and service delivery at the health and social care interface. She has a particular interest in Parkinson’s disease and served for some years on the research advisory panels of the Parkinson’s Disease Society UK. She is currently pursuing interests in trans-cultural spirituality and an interdisciplinary life course approach to understanding and managing ageing.

Margaret is the joint social care lead on the National End of Life Care Programme, an NHS initiative, which works together with health and social care services across all sectors in England to improve end of life care for adults by implementing the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy.

Location: University of York

Admission: see flyer


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