The SPPC annual conference took place on Wednesday 23 September 2015, at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
Featuring a mix of high quality speakers and delegate interaction the event provided:
Poster displays are available here: poster presentations.
Many of the speaker presentations and workshop slides are available below.
Sheldon Solomon,Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Exploring death anxiety as the hidden driver of human behaviours and its implications for the practice of palliative care, for raising public awareness of end of life issues, and for leading lives of courage, creativity and compassion.
Introduced by Mark Sheridan, Reader in Music and Creativity at the University of the Highlands and Islands. A summary of Mark Sheridan's introduction is available here: Gaelic Lament for the Dead.
Shona Robison MSP,Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport
Includes time for questions and answers.
Children talk about their experiences of loss and grief; a film from the 5 year project supporting children and young people through challenging times, introduced by Elaine Rae, Manager of Patient and Family Services, St Vincent's Hospice.
Miriam Johnson, Professor of Palliative Medicine, Hull York Medical School.
Many people with refractory breathlessness (persistent despite optimal management of the underlying condition(s)) continue to manage this very common and difficult symptom largely without recourse to clinical help, despite recent advances in evidence and practice. What is to be done?
PowerPoint slides are available here: Miriam Johnson
Fliss Murtagh, Reader and Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Kings College London.
Everyone’s Talking About Outcomes - but what precisely are they, why are they important; what and how should we measure in palliative and end of life care? PowerPoint slides are available here: Fliss Murtagh
Deans Buchanan, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Tayside
Changing demographics plus inherent limits to planning and choice mean that many frail older people will spend time and die in hospital. There is therefore a need for a positive vision and a plan for what can be achieved. PowerPoint slides are available here: Deans Buchanan.
Kirsty Boyd, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Lothian and Patricia Brooks Young, Lead Nurse & Clinical Researcher in Palliative Care, Napier University/NHS LothianThis session shared learning from NHS Lothian’s systematic and ongoing work to improve palliative and end of life care in hospital, from reliable and consistent sharing of information to ensuring the right sorts of conversations happen at the right times. PowerPoint slides are available here.
Marilyn Kendall, Research Fellow, Primary Palliative Care Group, University of Edinburgh
Andy Lowndes, Research Fellow/Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University and Deputy Chair, Playlist for Life
Exploring the role of reminiscence and cognitive stimulation therapy for people with dementia,including the work of Play List for Life. PowerPoint slides are available here.