Palliative care has done an enormous amount to relieve the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual suffering of people who have a terminal illness over the last 60 years. The achievements are immense, and millions of people have been helped. The help has gone beyond symptom management in these four areas, improving communication throughout medicine. 

The challenges faced by Hospices in trying to address this inequity alongside challenging funding models and a changing NHS are not easy to balance.  However, the practice of public health palliative care seeks to resolve them through taking a population-based approach.  Recognising the role of community driven care alongside specialist palliative medicine.

And yet … despite everything that has been achieved, the possibility for further development outweighs what has gone before. 

This programme is designed to support Hospice Trustees in reflecting on and considering the challenges faced by their organisations.