We invite you to join Mountbatten for a collection of informative and thought provoking talks, presentations and interactive discussion groups as we explore and debate Dying in the 21st Century and ask is our Health and Social Care system fit for purpose?

This is a great opportunity for networking and to reflect and think together about the challenges we face moving forward.


Please find our conference programme here.

There will be a selection of main talks throughout the two day programme. Meet some of our speakers:

Sue Bottomley RGN, RSCN, RHV, ANP is the national Head of Palliative and End of Life Care, NHS England. Sue has worked for the NHS since 1989 in many roles including clinical roles, operational management, commissioning and a policy advisor. Recently Sue has worked with others to transform the Palliative and End of Life Programme, developing regional strategic clinical networks, instigated national workstreams to drive clinical excellence, increase opportunities for insightful commissioning through enhancing data and intelligence and working with newly forming Integrated Care Systems. During the pandemic, Sue led on the national Covid funding to support the NHS increasing capacity through hospice and community provision. Sue will talk about ‘National developments in the end-of-life care landscape’.

Professor Mari Lloyd-Williams, Director of Academic Palliative and Supportive Care Studies Group (APSCSG), Division of Primary Care, University of Liverpool / Honorary consultant in Palliative Medicine Liverpool Marie Curie Centre and Liverpool CCG. Following clinical training at University of Leicester Mari Lloyd-Williams joined University of Liverpool as Senior Lecturer and was promoted to personal chair within the Faculty of Medicine. Her research interests centre on assessment and non pharmacological interventions for depression in advanced cancer;  supporting patients with dementia and their families to live and die well within their community; support for carers including respite care and how this impacts on use of health and social care and  benefits of intergenerational activities. We are delighted that Mari Lloyd-Williams will provide the Annual Francis Sheldon Memorial Lecture

Dr Julian Abel. Throughout his career as a palliative care physician, Dr Abel has become increasingly involved in finding ways of building compassionate communities to support people at end-of-life. He is currently Director of Compassionate Communities UK. Since 2016, he has worked with Frome Medical Practice in Somerset, UK to develop a new model of primary care combined with compassionate communities, one of the most effective therapeutic tools we have in improving length of life and well-being. The health outcomes of this model have been dramatic, with this being the first intervention that has been effective in reducing population emergency admissions. Dr Abel will share his work and experience of compassionate communities.
Chris Thomas is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He heads up the institute's health and care programmes, and has published extensively on end of life care, social care reform, health inequality and innovation spread. Before joining the IPPR, Chris worked at Macmillan Cancer Support - leading work on health inequalities. He has also held roles at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and at Cancer Research UK. Chris regularly writes and comments on health and care in the media. He is a regular contributor for Tribune, has by-lines in the Times and the Independent, and is often quoted in print and broadcast. His debut book, The Five Health Frontiers, will be released in early 2022 by Pluto Press. Chris will share his work on 'The state of end-of-life care, building back better after covid-19’.
Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive Officer of the Mountbatten Hospice Group has worked in End-of-Life care for over 30 years. Between 2003 and 2015 as Director of Supportive Care at the St Christopher's Hospice Group, London where he was responsible for transforming day and outpatient services, developing volunteers, and also leading on community engagement. He previously held posts at London Lighthouse, a centre for those living with HIV/AIDS, and also at St Michael Sobell House Hospice in Oxford.  He has a postgraduate qualification in management from Ashridge Business School, England and has an International Reputation as a teacher and lecturer.

Additional speakers to be announced.

Discussion groups

Themes drawn from our main talks will inform discussion groups where we will explore a variety of pertinent topics, and will include our accepted abstract submissions.   

The importance of holistic care Unleashing the power of our communities  Abstract led discussions Early Planning

1. Rehabilitation and re-enablement

2. Bereavement care

3. The Arts

1. Mountbatten neighbours

2. Community Conversations

3. Social Engagement

1. Integrated working

2. Digital advances

3. Care co-ordination

1. Organ and Tissue Donation

2. Legacies and will writing

3. Advance Care Planning 


St Mary's Stadium, Southampton*

Our main conference area will be located in the fabulous Mike Channon Suite. This is a large open plan room with seating arranged in cabaret style. Further suites will be used for parallel discussion groups. 

Includes a complimentary drinks reception at the close of day 1.


14th and 15th October 2021


Abstracts submissions are now closed.

Registration Fees:

£150.00 per person (full conference - 2 days)

£400.00 group of 3 people (full conference - 2 days)

Registration fees are set at a discounted rate for all delegates and rates are inclusive of VAT.     

*Please note that the conference will be facilitated virtually if Covid-19 restrictions mean we cannot meet together in person.                          

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