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Why do you need to know about palliative care as a manual therapy practitioner?
Palliative Care – is the active care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment.
There is robust evidence that involving multidisciplinary palliative care teams improves symptom control, satisfaction and psychological support for patients and families in community settings, hospices and hospitals 1-3. Patients who receive palliative care at an early point in the disease process tend to experience a better quality of life. Can hands-on therapies be part of this palliative care team?
Pain in older people is under-recognised and under-treated according to the authors of new guidance on the management of pain in older people published by the British Pain Society and the British Geriatrics Society. Control of pain is paramount in palliative and end of life care. Touch therapies are increasingly valuable in palliative care due to their pain-relieving effects accompanied with minimal risks and side-effects particularly in patients who cannot tolerate pharmaceutical intervention. However, to be part of a team you need to understand the role of every member of the team.
About the conference
This conference will introduce you to the key stakeholders in the multidisciplinary palliative care team. It will cover the care pathways set out in the UK for end of life care including the NICE guidelines. The conference will outline a path for manual therapy practitioners to embark on a career in palliative care. You will have the opportunity to engage with specialists in the management of pain in frail older adults.
The workshops that run after lunch will enable you to physically experience two of the hands-on therapies popular in end of life care. Case studies of palliative care scenarios in the community setting will enable you to take the first steps in engaging with this growing patient base.