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Making the best of hard times

Annual Conference 2017

Wednesday 20th September 2017, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care Annual Conference is one of the premier events in Scotland for anyone involved in the care and support of people reaching the end of life.

Featuring a mix of high quality speakers, extensive poster display, Arts Space and delegate interaction the event will provide:

See full Programme here

Book your place here: online registration

Call for Posters: apply to display a poster of your work at the conference.

Plenary Speakers

Death and dying at the frontiers of medical possibility

Nazir Lone, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Critical Care, University of Edinburgh, Consultant in Critical Care, NHS Lothian

Advances in medicine have created new possibilities for extending life. These advances have also created new challenges of communication and a need for rapid and tough decisions about what is right as well as what is possible. Nazir will share his experiences, perspectives and recent research findings.

Speaking Up or Acting Out? On Advocacy, Marginalisation and Ethical Practice

Deborah Bowman, Professor of Medical Ethics and Law, St Georges University of London

What does it mean to be socially engaged as a health or social care professional? Is there a tension between the personal and professional? Drawing on the arts and focusing on practical examples, Deborah Bowman explores the relationship between advocacy, marginalisation and the ethical professional. She considers the ways in which individuals might navigate the complex political and social landscape in which they work and live.

How is it for you? How is it for you? Exploring Realities and Practicalities Where Integration Meets Palliative Care

Diana Hekerem, Head of Strategic Commissioning Support at Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Using digital polling Diana will lead delegates in a collective iterative exploration of how integration and the strategic commissioning of palliative care is being experienced across Scotland. Diana will also offer insights on how commissioning might best evolve in future to meet the needs of people nearing the end of life.

Sharing Knowledge, Sharing the Load

Jeremy Keen, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Highland Hospice

Jeremy will explore how specialists in palliative care can build partnerships and share experience and expertise with non-specialist colleagues dispersed across the health and social care system. The presentation will draw on Highland’s recent experiences of the innovative Project ECHO approach. What difference might this sort of approach make for people needing care, what are the challenges and what is the potential?

Exploring the experience of serious illness

Havi Carel, Professor of Philosophy at Bristol University

Using the symptom of breathlessness, of which she has personal experience, Havi will examine how we think about disease and illness more widely. How is illness experienced? What can the voices of experience tell us, and how should that influence how we work?”

Breakout Sessions

Better Outcomes and Lower Costs?

Jo Bowden, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Fife; Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Jo will discuss findings from the recent evaluation of the Fife model of Proactive Best Supportive Care for people with lung cancer. How have outcomes for this group been improved? What has the health economic impact of early intervention been? What lessons might be drawn for people with other conditions?

Redesigning palliative care in the community

Susanne Gray, Macmillan Nurse, and Dr Katie Clark, GP Palliative Care Facilitator, Renfrewshire HSCP

Susanne will share learning from a project which explored and successfully developed ways to integrate supportive and palliative care approaches into mainstream primary & community care service provision.

The “Last Aid” course – an approach to promoting public discussion, awareness and education

Dr Georg Bollig, Consultant in Palliative Care, Hospital of Southern Jutland, Denmark

In the beginning there was “First Aid. Now there is “Last Aid”. Georg will introduce the concept of the “Last Aid” course and share experiences of its use in Denmark, Norway and Germany.

Who is really using services and what do they actually want?

Dr Robby Steel, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, NHS Lothian and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Drawing on a successful project at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Robby will illustrate how careful use of data can inform more targeted, proactive and person-centred responses at the hospital front door, and elsewhere. What might be the implications for palliative care practitioners and services?

Book your conference place here: online registration


Feedback from previous years...

“This was a very interesting conference with excellent speakers, poster displays and opportunities for networking.” (2016 conference delegate)

“Excellent day as ever from SPPC. Educative and inspiring, thank you.”(2015 conference delegate)

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