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End-of-life care tops healthcare agenda

End of life care was top of the agenda, when Thames Hospice played host to leading healthcare professionals from East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire last week.

Combining their specialist skills, the group took part in a series of workshops, with the aim of developing a new vision of care for people with complex needs who are approaching the end of their lives.

Thames Hospice Chief Executive Debbie Raven, who took part in the event alongside Thames Hospice’s Medical Director and Director of Patient and Family Services, said: “Thames Hospice is committed to the provision of high quality care across our community. To achieve this, it is imperative we work closely with our partners and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups. This workshop provided an excellent opportunity for us all to get together with patient representatives to discuss and plan how we ensure all of our community receives the very best care when they need it.”

Delegates came from four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), local authorities, healthcare providers, GPs, voluntary groups and patient groups for the event, organised by Berkshire East CCG. CCGs are NHS organisations responsible for commissioning local health services.

With end-of-life care a key component in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire’s care model, Thames Hospice will continue to work with the group to support the development of end of life care in the region.