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Conference 2025

7 - 8 May 2025, 12:00am - 11:59pm
Together for Short Lives
Hilton, Manchester Deansgate
303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ

Please note, tickets for this event are not available yet. To register your interest, please use the ‘book event’ button and send us an email.

The children’s palliative care world is constantly changing, with more children living with complex conditions that need specialist round the clock care.

Demand for children’s palliative care is growing, and we know that the number of seriously ill babies, children and young people has trebled in the last twenty years and is set to grow.

Our previous conference focused on unlocking the potential. We used our exit from the pandemic to illustrate and celebrate many examples of innovative approaches for children’s palliative care. Our 2025 conference is all about recognising and sharing best practice and looking to the future.

We will celebrate fresh faces and a variety of voices.

We will lead the way towards a strong, sustainable future.

Together for Short Lives UK conference will:

  • Have children and families at the heart of our thinking, challenging ourselves to be bold and innovative, in our ambition to build a resilient and connected sector.
  • Variety of sessions for different interest groups for those with an interest in practice, policy, education and research.
  • Focus on sharing and networking, giving you the space to talk about your own research, learning and practice.
  • Be the “go to” place to talk about our ambitions for the future of children’s palliative care.
  • Encourage and celebrate new research, new researchers, and demonstrate the power of research in the delivery of care for children and families, giving students the opportunity to share their learning, ideas, practice and research.
  • Showcase new models of care sharing practical ways that you can adapt practice locally, including service development, commissioning services and delivering care for children where prevalence is greatest.

We welcome professionals from across the sector as well as those wanting to find out more:

  • Professionals and leaders across statutory, voluntary, and academic sectors
  • Children’s palliative care decision-makers, including CEOs, commissioners, leaders of care
  • Other charities across the sector
  • Practitioners working across all sectors where children with complex care and palliative care needs are cared for
  • Clinicians
  • Professionals working in neonatal care
  • Professionals delivering care to marginalized groups of children and families
  • Professionals delivering care to young adults requiring complex care
  • Student nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals with an interest in children palliative care
  • Parents and carers.
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