From Cradle to Grave: Insights into inequalities, systems of care and their impact on end of life

St Christopher's CARE


2.5 hours (Free)
12 Sep, 2022
2pm to 4:30pm

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Too little too late? How can those who want to support people in end of life care address inequality? Is death too late to tackle it?

In this virtual and interactive session, we’ll introduce you to ‘must know’ things about inequality and the concepts which underpin it, which could inform potential solutions.

We’ll explore what inequality really is, and how we could understand it. We’ll consider what ideas explain it, how it has historical, structural and socioeconomic roots and consequences, and how it manifests throughout people’s lives.

Then we’ll ask, how do inequalities impact end of life experiences, how do they impact how we identify problems and their solutions, and what must we then consider when supporting people at the end of life?

We’ll invite you think about how a greater understanding of inequality could shape end of life care and practice, what moral and ethical dilemmas emerge in response, and what kind of approach would help us tackle them. Importantly we’ll hear from various experts on how inequality impacts society, and how we need to act now on it.

  • What will I learn?

    There are increasing numbers of events hosted in Palliative and End of Life Care arenas where inequalities are discussed, however many do not focus on identification and creating knowledge of the foundations of thinking around inequality. They also don’t challenge some of the dominant narratives around inequality. Therefore this foundation session aims to inform those who want to think more about this area.

  • Who is it for?

    This event will be of value to anyone working in health and social care with a personal and/or professional commitment to improve the experiences of people marginalised or at risk of failing to receive the right services to meet their needs when they are dying or face loss.

    It will serve as valuable background for individuals attending to the consequences of life-time inequality and related end of life care – for example people who are homeless, those dying in prisons and people with no recourse to public funds.

  • Course tutors



    Heather Richardson

    Dr Heather Richardson Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher’s; Honorary Professor in the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University

    Heather Richardson works as the Education Research and End of Life Policy Lead at St Christopher’s Hospice, London. She has previously held the role of National Clinical Lead for Hospice UK, and worked as Clinical Director, then Strategy Advisor to St. Joseph’s Hospice in east London prior to her move to St Christopher’s, initially as Chief Executive.

    Heather is a registered general and mental health nurse and has worked in hospice/palliative care since 1988. She has a PhD, her research concerned with users’ experience of day hospice. More recently, she has developed a research interest around public health and end of life care. She currently serves as an honorary professor in palliative care at Lancaster University.

    In the past, she has received the International Palliative Nurse of the Year award issued by the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and other awards related to her role in innovation in healthcare.

    mary hodgson

    Mary Hodgson Community Action Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice

    Mary is an experienced community facilitator and researcher, and is interested in how people understand societal challenges and want to create change. 

    Mary has a PhD on how people perceive inequality and why they seek to change it, and has worked in charities, social innovation and change leadership programmes as well as on international research and action initiatives.

    She currently leads a team of people creating participation opportunities, new initiatives and tackling societal challenges with community members and professionals in London.

  • Programme

    • Welcome and Introduction
    • What is inequality? 
      • Definition of inequality
      • A move from individual failure to structural and systemic failure
      • A whole life issue
      • Its roots – local, national, international
    • Why we should care 
      • Lack of self-determination throughout life
      • Poor outcomes
      • Poor experience
      • Personal and corporate impact
      • Moral, fiscal accountability on the part of individuals and organisations
      • Future generations and long-term sustainability
    • The relevance of inequality at end of life
      • Consequences of inequalities
      • How do death and other systems address it
      • Intragenerational impact of trauma and loss
    • How we respond 
      • What is in our power; what do we have to bring to the challenges?
      • What partnerships we need to create
      • In what conversations should we participate
      • What debates should we engage in to redress inequalities
      • What we can learn from other contexts

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