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Together for Short Lives conference postponed

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We regret to announce we have postponed our UK conference Time for Change: a new vision for children’s palliative care that was due to take place in Manchester on 25 and 26 of March 2020.

We have taken this decision in response to the evolving public health challenge caused by COVID-19. We know that many of the delegates and presenters work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people and their families, and will be needed at their places of work in the NHS and voluntary sector. As such we cannot justify holding a large event at this time.

Together for Short Lives plans to move the Time for Change conference to a date in autumn 2020. We have put together some FAQs for delegates and attendees on our conference web hub and will update this page regularly as we update details. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the postponement.

Difficult decision

“It’s been a really difficult decision to postpone our conference,” says Andy Fletcher, CEO for Together for Short Lives. “However, our first priority is to the seriously ill babies, children, young people and families that we are here for, and we just feel this is the right thing to do.

“I am very sorry to share this news but hope that you will understand that we cannot justify holding a large gathering of children’s palliative care professionals in the emerging public health environment caused by COVID-19. The majority of our conference delegates and presenters work in the front line delivering vital care to seriously ill children and we cannot take any unnecessary risk to the seriously ill children that we all support.”

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