Hospice Comms Conference - Be prepared: is your hospice 'comms-ready' for the challenges and change that lie ahead for the sector?

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  • Location: Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham, B26 3QW
  • Date: 12 Jul 2019

This was Hospice UK’s annual event for hospice communications and marketing staff which was aimed at sharing knowledge on key aspects of communications and providing networking opportunities.

This year’s theme was: Be prepared: is your hospice 'comms-ready' for the challenges and change that lie ahead for the sector?

The hospice sector is facing considerable challenge and change, with some hospices struggling financially, many facing significant workforce challenges or having to reconfigure their services.

In addition, like many other charities, hospices will be affected by the impact of Brexit, ongoing economic and political uncertainty and pressures on over-stretched local authorities and hospitals.

The conference aimed to increase the confidence of hospice comms staff to face the future changes and challenges facing the hospice sector and confidently handle communications for these.

People also had the opportunity to learn from peers as well as other outside experts during what promised to be an interesting and stimulating day.

For more information, download a draft programme.

By the end of the event, attendees were:

  • better equipped to handle the challenges and changes facing the hospice sector and handle communications for these confidently and effectively
  • able to create effective messaging for strategic decisions affecting their hospice and deal with major challenges and changes confidently.
  • able to benefit from networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities with their peers and the Hospice UK Communications & Campaigns Team.


Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive, Hospice UK

Sarah West, Director of Campaigns and Communications, Hospice UK

Dr Sophie Castell, Director of Relationships at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Dan Malin, Digital Media & PR Specialist, and Charlotte Schofield, Head of Fundraising and Lottery, Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge.

More speakers to follow.

Who attended?

Hospice communications and marketing staff at all levels.

 Times 9.30 registration for 10 am start and conference close at 16.10
 Location Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham, B26 3QW 
 Price £135 ex VAT (£162 inc VAT)
Accomm There was a number of rooms available to book for a limited period contact marie@eventprouk.org for more details.
 Notes This event is only open to Members and subscribers of Hospice UK

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Registration was open until Wednesday 10 July 2019.  If you have any queries concerning registration please do not hesitate to contact Marie Reynolds: or Tel: 01509 610 452 and quote: COMMS19.

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