Numbers of people dying with dementia in the UK are increasing and it is now the commonest recorded cause of death in older people. Services have not kept up with this. I will discuss current epidemiological trends, the extent of palliative care need in this population, why a palliative care approach is helpful for people with dementia and their families and why we should move away from services provided according to prognosis rather than need. I will highlight solutions to some of these issues and how COVID has impacted on this vulnerable group.
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Professor Liz Sampson
Professor of Dementia and Palliative Care, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, University College London
Liz is professor in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, Division of Psychiatry, University College London. Her research focusses on end-of-life care for people with dementia, and dementia and delirium in acute hospitals. She is the principal investigator for the NIHR/ESRC-funded Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) research programme. She is a consultant liaison psychiatrist at North Middlesex University Hospital (Barnet Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust)