Location: Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, Cicely Saunders Institute, Denmark Hill Campus
The access to opioid medication in Europe (ATOME) project: benefits and challenges in working in an international context
Speaker: Professor Sheila Payne, Lancaster University
Abstract: The ATOME project, funded by the European Commission 7th Framwork Programme for 5 years, sought to assist 12 countries in central and eastern Europe to develop national policies and startegic plans to improve access to opioid medication. The project team worked closely with the World Health Organisation to revise guidelines on the use of controlled medicines to encourage a balanced approach. Each country established a national team bringing together palliative care practitioners, harm reduction agencies, pharmacists, policy makers and lawyers to identify barriers and create solutions to improve opioid access. This talk reflect on the benefits and challenges of undertaking this large project.
About the speaker: Sheila's resarch expertise is in palliative and endof life care, a multidisciplinary field. Her work is recognised and used to influence policy and practice to improve palliative care throughout the world. Her reserach focuses on: the needs of older people and family caregivers, who have cancer and other chronic diseases, and evaluation of organisational and service configurations. There has been a steep change in the growth and reputation of the International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC) which is now widely recognised, not only international mapping, but also for research and education that has built upon this foundation.
More info: This event is free to attend and all visitors are welcome.