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.
- 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