End of life care in Scottish hospitals: opportunities for further engagement

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the panel at the End of Life Care in Scottish hospitals seminar, Glasgow, November 2015

Marie Curie Scotland and the University of Glasgow co-hosted a seminar End of life care in Scottish hospitals: opportunities for wider engagement. Full coverage of the event is now available.

The seminar provided a platform for discussion about end of life care in Scotland, focusing on the healthcare and policy implications of research into the imminence of death among hospital inpatients, an academic study led by Professor David Clark of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group.

Over 200 people attended the free seminar, which was funded by a grant from the ESRC and took place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 10 November 2015.

Listen to the full seminar audio:

The presentations were followed by an in-depth question and answer session, and a Twitter discussion using the hashtag #hospitalEOLC.

The panel consisted of: Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Marie Curie; Professor David Clark, Wellcome Trust Investigator, School of Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Glasgow; Anne Harkness, Director – South Sector, Acute Services, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde; and Professor Craig White, Divisional Clinical Lead at the Scottish Government.

Watch the individual presentations by David, Anne and Craig:

About the imminence of death among a national cohort of hospital inpatients research

In March 2014 Professor David Clark of the University of Glasgow and his team published a paper showing the likelihood of death within 12 months among a cohort of all hospital inpatients in Scotland on a fixed ‘census’ date. It was the first time such a study had been conducted anywhere in the world. It established the number of hospital inpatients in an entire country who on a given day are within the last year of life.

infographic representing findings of imminence of death of hospital inpatients study (courtesy of Marie Curie)


Find out more about the imminence of death study on the End of Life Studies website.

We hope that you will use this as a resource and join the discussion about end of life care in Scotland.


Clark, D., Armstrong, M., Allan, A., Graham, F., Carnon, A., and Isles, C. Imminence of death among a national cohort of hospital inpatients. Palliative Medicine, 2014, 28(6): 474-479

Clark, D. Schofield, L. Graham, F. Jarlbaek, L. Gott, M. Isles, C. Hospital care in the last year of life. British Medical Journal rapid response 12 August 2015

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