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Press Release - 08 November 2007

Public lecture: The future of hospice care in the UK

The head of Swindon’s Prospect Hospice will discuss the issues surrounding the future of hospices in a free public lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 14 November (5.30-6.30pm).

Vicki Morrey, the Chief Executive Officer of Prospect Hospice, will describe the challenges that hospices face, from how to extend care beyond cancer, to meeting the needs of an ageing population, to politics and funding.

“Since the 1960s hospices have been making a significant contribution to end of life care, often transforming the experience of dying for patients and their families,” said Ms Morrey.

“It is important to maintain their unique approach to care and to further expand the philosophy and values which lie at the heart of hospice care.”

Ms Morrey has held senior clinical and management roles with various hospitals in the UK and has been part of the voluntary hospice sector since 1997. She is a member of numerous national committees and working groups, and is currently the Chair of the Representative Committee for UK Hospices.

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5:30 until 6:30pm in the University hall at the Oakfield campus.

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