This is the lecture given by Dr Alex Jadad (Centre for Global e-Health Innovation) at the Annual Help The Hospices conference in  Bournemouth on 22 October 2013.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people feel let down by end of life care services, according to a new report by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Voluntary and Community Organisations. Powerful personal experiences from LGB&T people nearing the end of life and those caring for them, highlighting the importance of meeting everyone's end of life needs sensitively.


NCPC, the lead charity of the Dying Matters Coalition, and the Consortium have put together a report, 'Open to all? Meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nearing the end of life’. The report draws on a survey of more than 700 hospices, care homes and hospitals, as well as clinicians and service users. Endorsed by Stonewall and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, it provides a unique insight into perceptions of end of life care for the 22,000 LGBT people who die each year.

With more than 3.7 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people and at least 12,500 transgender people in Britain, the report expresses concerns that a significant proportion of the population are not accessing appropriate care when they are dying because of their sexuality or gender identity.


Extracts from Golden Hearts scratch event by Sudha Bhuchar Drawn from the personal experiences of close family and friends and inspired by stories from the Cardiology department at St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust as well as the late Consultant Cardiologist Dr Charles Pumphrey, Sudha Bhuchar's piece is a moving and thought provoking look at heart disease and in particular how it affects the Asian community.

Bring In Take Out Living Archive Ljubljana, 7. - 10. March 2012 in the framework of the International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns Collective Reading From The Archive of Migrant Women Workers with Margareta Kern (London) Curated by: Red Min(e)d Video and edit by: Anja Perše

Watch the new Migrant Manifesto video produced for the OurDay campaign to celebrate the International Migrants Day, 6 December 2013. Migrants' Rights Network has launched a campaign called 'Our Day' to mark the International Migrants Day in the UK and to celebrate the contribution migrants make. Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

What does it mean to say goodbye? Is it about making a painless departure? Or encasing the memories for those left behind? After Cicely is a documentary that explores the meaning of modern hospice and palliative care through the eyes of five inspiring women in Asia.

Dementia doesn't care about the person. We should. Dementia affects nearly 25,000 people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in the UK. The population makeup of the UK means that these numbers will only increase with time. This film explores the double discrimination and how the current system fails to address the unique issues faced by BME people with dementia.

What is the role of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying? Professor Ray Tallis (FRCP FMedSci) is the Chair of HPAD. Ray was Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly in Salford 1988-2006.