Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care: Update

Welcome to Update, a monthly round-up of news relevant to palliative care in Scotland, brought to you by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care.


Caring for a child at the end of life

Together for Short Lives has published two new guides:

Sharing your practice

The SPPC hosts a 'sharing current Scottish practice' blog as a platform for people to share examples of current Scottish palliative care practice that might be of interest to the palliative care community more widely. If you know of work underway that might be relevant for sharing on our website, please email:

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To Absent Friends

To Absent Friends is over for another year, and a range of activities took place across Scotland. The festival opened on the night of 31st October with the lighting of a illuminated lily garden at Dundee University and formally closed with Love, Loss and Cake, a wonderful jazz concert at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, although events have continued throughout the month. Have a look at our To Absent Friends gallery to see more of what went on.

Did you attend or take part in any To Absent Friends activities this year? If so, please let us know what you thought in this two minute survey so we can make it bigger and better next year.

And remember it's not to soon to start planning to do something for next year's festival. Book it in your calendar now, 1 - 7 November 2020!

The Truacanta Project

The eleven shortlisted communities for our Truacanta Project have been busy with ideas on how to improve people's experiences of death, dying and bereavement in their community. They are all working towards the December application deadline to become one of the four communities we'll work more closely with over the next two years.

Each community has been keeping us posted on developments via our Truacanta blog. In the two latest posts:

  • Anne MacDonald told us how organisations in the Highlands are linking up and listening to what people are telling them about death, dying, loss and care.
  • Linda Sterry of Truacanta Dundee talked about the drive and compassion felt by the organisations and individuals involved with that community.

Find out more about the Truacanta Project here.

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Other News

Education/development fund for nurses

Applications are now open for the General Nursing Council for Scotland (Education) Fund and Margaret Callum Rodger Award 2020-21. The awards are an education and learning opportunity for registered nurses and midwives to undertake educational developments, study tours or carry out small scale projects, all of which must make a difference to patient or client care. The closing date for applications is 23 January 2020.

New website - "talkabout"

Marie Curie has published a new website to accompany its current public awareness campaign encouraging people to talk about death.

New report from dignity in dying

Dignity in Dying commissioned What matters to me People living with terminal and advanced illness on end-of-life choices, a newly published YouGov report looking at the views of adults living with advanced or terminal illness on assisted dying.

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Courses and Events

Paediatric End of Life Care Network (PELiCaN) Introductory Roadshows

A series of roadshows are taking place to introduce PELiCaN, the new national paediatric end of life care network. The roadshows are an opportunity to find out about the national network, engage with other interested stakeholders, get involved and have a voice:

  • North Roadshow: Station Hotel, Aberdeen 26 Nov 2019 10am -2pm
  • West Roadshow: the Corinthian Club, Glasgow, 4 Feb 2020 , 10am-2pm
  • East/Central Roadshow: STEP Stirling, 17 Mar 2020 10-2pm

Email or phone 0131 275 7612 to book a place.

Effective Non-Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care

Organised by Health Conferences UK. 2 December 2019, London. More information is available here: weblink.

Professor Ian Deary gives the Annual Professor John Starr Winter Lecture.

Organised by Alzheimer Scotland. 2 December 2019, Edinburgh. More information is available here: weblink.

10th neonatal palliative and end of life care conference: Working together to provide high-quality support

Organised by Child Bereavement UK. 11 February 2020, Leeds. More information is available here: weblink.

Bereavement training for professionals working in the education sector

Organised by Child Bereavement UK. 3 March 2020, Kinross. More information is available here: weblink

Save the date - SPPC Annual Conference 2020

The next SPPC Annual Conference will take place on 30th September 2020, at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Please save the date!

St Columba's Hospice/Queen Margaret University programmes of study

St Columba’s Hospice in collaboration with Queen Margaret University provide two programmes of study:

  • The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
  • The MSc Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care – Advancing Clinical Practice)

Further information about the modules which are running 2019/20 is available here: weblink. If you would like to discuss your learning need/mode of study please contact: Janice Logan. If you have any difficulties applying via the Queen Margaret University website, please contact Sue Thorburn on 0131 551 7710.

St Margaret of Scotland Hospice courses

A full list of courses delivered by St Margaret of Scotland Hospice is available on their website.

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