Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for improving the delivery of palliative and end of life care in Scotland

Morning, Thursday, 25th May 2017

Central Edinburgh


Attendees at this seminar will have the opportunity to assess progress being made in the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care, and follows the Scottish Government’s recent announcement on planned reforms on access to medicines for rare and end-of-life conditions.

Sessions will focus on the commissioning of palliative care services by Health and Social Care Partnerships as well as the next steps for improving public awareness, and fostering a clinical culture of openness around death, dying and bereavement.

Delegates will also consider ways in which to improve the delivery of personalised care, based on examples of best practice, and the role of wider health and social care professionals in doing so.

The conference will bring together policymakers from the Scottish Government and Parliament along with key stakeholders in health and social care who have an interest in these issues - including both generalist and specialist palliative care professionals - as well as, local government, academia, and representatives of the trade and national press.


Donald Cameron MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Colin Smyth MSP

Shadow Health Minister, Scottish Labour Party


Dr Deans Buchanan

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Tayside

Diana Hekerem

Head of Strategic Commissioning Support, Improvement Hub, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Mark Hazelwood

Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

Nicola Cotter

Scottish Liaison Advisor, General Medical Council

Miriam Watts

Manager, Marie Curie Hospice Glasgow

Harry Bunch

Member, Expert Voices Group, Marie Curie

Katharine Ross

National Workforce Lead, Scottish Care

Professor Craig White

Divisional Clinical Lead, Healthcare Quality and Strategy Directorate, The Scottish Government

Professor Scott Murray

St Columba's Hospice Chair of Primary Palliative Care, University of Edinburgh

Dr Paul Baughan

GP, Dollar Health Centre and National Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Craig Cunningham

Head of Commissioning and Performance, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Marcia Ramsay

Director of Operations, Alzheimer Scotland

Henry Mathias

Strategic Lead, National Care Standards Review, Care Inspectorate