Call for papers

Contribute to this year’s conference by displaying a poster or giving an oral presentation. 

Delegates looking at the posters on display

Submit your abstractsHospice UK’s conference is our flagship event, bringing together everyone involved in leading hospice, palliative and end of life care for adults, children and young people.

We look forward to welcoming attendees who are new to these care settings as well as those with many years’ expertise.

Our three-day conference provides a unique forum to discuss current and forthcoming issues and to discover new thinking.

The conference is packed with stimulating plenary and parallel sessions, and opportunities to network with peers and to meet major providers of services and products. It combines high level strategic thinking, application into practice and lessons from real world examples.

If you would like to display a poster at conference or give a short talk about any aspect of your work, you should submit an abstract. Before you do so, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions which tell you more about why and how to submit an abstract, and the timeline.

We are keen to receive abstracts from colleagues working in:

  • hospice, palliative and end of life care in the voluntary sector,
  • NHS and other sectors and stakeholders e.g. care home sector,
  • academia and across the full range of roles, including clinicians,
  • educationalists, fundraisers, marketers, managers, social workers, trustees and volunteers.

With themes covering resourcing palliative care, the palliative care workforce, transformation; inequalities of access and mental health and wellbeing, we’d like to hear about work that has recently been completed this year or that is in progress; this may include:

  • audit, quality improvement or service improvement initiatives,
  • research or other topics in relation to changing the landscape in end of life care.

Please note that we cannot accept work that has been presented or published elsewhere.


  • The deadline for submitting an abstract is 5pm on Monday 21 June 2021. Please note that, in contrast to prior years, there will be no extension of the closing date.
  • During the week beginning 19 July, we’ll let you know whether your abstract has been accepted.

How to submit your abstract

You will be submitting your abstract online using the Compleat Conference Company's website.

To do so, please ensure you have the latest version of one of the following web browsers: Chrome, Firefox or Safari. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer (Edge for Windows 10) as this platform is being phased out globally and it is very likely you will experience difficulties submitting your abstract. 

Once you have submitted your abstract, you will not be able to edit the content.

Please note that in submitting an abstract you and any other authors of the abstract agree to Hospice UK’s terms and conditions, and also to the terms and conditions of BMJ’s standard licence to publish for abstracts, as publisher of the selected abstracts within an online conference supplement of BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. You can locate these documents here.

To submit you will need to click on the ‘Submit Abstract’ button where you will then be prompted to either login using an existing account, register or continue as a guest.

We advise that if you have not already done so, you register as this will allow you to log back into your profile at a later date. Registering will also enable you to start, save and prior to submission, edit your abstract.

You will also be able to login at a later date and view the status of your abstract submission.

Please register using the email address you wish to be contacted on in relation to your abstract/s. 

To submit an abstract, please click and select the 'submit abstract' button.

You will receive an automated response confirming your abstract has been submitted for review. If you do not receive this confirmation, your submission may not have been successful in which case, please contact Please make a note of your abstract submission number in case of query. 

If you have any problems submitting your abstract, please email

Submit your abstractsSubmit your abstract now

The closing date for submitting abstracts is 5pm on Monday 21 June 2021. Please note, there will be no extension to this date.


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