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SPPC Annual Conference 2018

The SPPC Annual Conference 2018 took place on 28th November in the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh.

Speakers' PowerPoint slides are available below:

Poster presentations from the conference are available here: Poster Presentations

To view the conference programme, please follow this link: SPPC Annual Conference Programme 2018

Speakers included:

Suresh Kumar, Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Community Participation in Palliative Care, and Long Term Care & Technical Adviser at the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kerala, India.

The IPM is famous for creating the Neighborhood Network for Palliative Care (NNPC) through which community volunteers run independent, local palliative care centres with medical professionals and nurses serving in a supportive role.

At the conference, Suresh addressed the question - what lessons can Scotland draw from Kerala in Southern India where over 10,000 volunteers are the backbone of community palliative care? Suresh Kumar's PowerPoint Presentation

Kristian Pollock, Professor of Medical Sociology, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham.

Kirstian Pollock has carried out qualitative research in a wide range of health care settings. Her current research interests include medicines management and Anticipatory Prescribing at the end of life, Advance Care Planning, death, dying and dementia. She is a member of the Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care (NCARE).

Christian Busch, Hospital Chaplain, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen.

Christian Busch has been a minister for the last 35 years, including two years as a prison chaplain and 32 years as hospital chaplain in two hospitals in Copenhagen. For the last 29 years he has worked as hospital chaplain in the main University Hospital of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet.

Palliative care has been one of his main focuses during the years as a hospital chaplain. He was one of the founders of the Danish Multiprofessional Association for Palliative Care in 1990 and a member of the board until 2002 and also a member of the Nordic Association for Palliative Care from 1989 – 2000 and for seven years Chairman of the Board. He has been active in the planning group and scientific committee of several conferences and congresses on palliative care in Denmark and the Nordic countries.

He has published in textbooks and journals mostly in Danish and 2003–2011 he was a member of the board of editors for OMSORG. Nordic Journal of Palliative Medicine, Bergen, Norway. From 2013 – 2015 he has been a Project Manager of Bereavement support groups in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.

Most of all he is fond of the daily existential and spiritual conversations with patients and relatives. Christian Busch's PowerPoint Presentation.

Paul Gray, Director General for Health and Social Care for the Scottish Government and Chief Executive of NHSScotland

Paul Gray joined the Scottish Government in 1979. He was appointed Director General for Health and Social Care for the Scottish Government and Chief Executive of NHSScotland in December 2013.

He has held a range of senior roles in the Scottish Government, including Director General Rural Affairs, Environment and Services; Director General Governance & Communities; Director of Change and Corporate Services; Director of Primary and Community Care; Director of eHealth; and Director for Social Justice.

His career has also covered such diverse areas as Criminal Injuries Compensation, fisheries quota management and licensing, and work with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.

Deans Buchanan, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

Deans trained in medicine at the University of Glasgow and also undertook a BSc (Hons) in pharmacology. He completed his medical doctorate from the University of Dundee in 2010 on the unmet supportive care needs of lung cancer patients.

Following his specialist training in Palliative Medicine in Tayside, he was appointed to a Consultant post there in 2011. He is currently Lead Clinician for NHS Tayside Palliative Care and played a key role in the recent establishment of the Tayside Palliative and End of Life Care network.

In addition to this, he is the Co-director of the Master of Public Health (Palliative Care Research) programme at the University of Dundee and is an honorary clinical tutor for the University of Dundee. Deans joined the Council of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care in 2014. Deans Buchanan's PowerPoint Presentation.

Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Dr Donald Macaskill is the Chief Executive of Scottish Care. Scottish Care is the membership organisation of independent providers of care home and care at home/housing support services in Scotland. Numbering nearly 1000 organisations Scottish Care members employ over 100,000 staff.

Prior to his current role, Dr Macaskill ran an equality and human rights consultancy for fourteen years. In that time, he focused on issues such as adult protection and safeguarding, workplace and institutional discrimination and the role of human rights in social care. He has a particular professional and academic interest in human rights-based approaches to care and support, personalisation, bereavement and palliative care. Since his arrival at Scottish Care, palliative care and bereavement have become a key strategic area of the organisation. See Donald Macaskill's PowerPoint Presentation.

Paul Baughan, Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Dr Paul Baughan is a GP principal who has worked within the rural community of Dollar, Clackmannanshire for the past 21 years. He is also Healthcare Improvement Scotland's clinical lead for palliative and end of life care.

In 2003 he took up the post of ‘Macmillan Lead Cancer and Palliative Care GP’ for NHS Forth Valley. From 2007 to 2011 he was the primary care clinical lead for the West of Scotland Cancer Network and from 2011 to 2014 he was chair of the Scottish Primary Care Cancer Group. He sits on the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) national steering group and is an elected member of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care’s Council. He co-chaired the national palliative care guideline steering group.

Paul has a particular interest in the important role that GPs can play in supporting people with palliative and end of life care needs. It is one of the reasons why he chose General Practice as a career and he is eager to ensure that current pressures within primary care do not undermine this. Paul Baughan's PowerPoint Presentation.

Jacqui Graves, Human Rights Lead, Sue Ryder

Jacqui is a highly experienced Registered General Nurse and Nurse Manager with extensive knowledge and skills developed over 33 years across the National Health Service, Charitable and Private Investment Sector. Jacqui has worked in the field of oncology since 1999 and has had the privilege to support many people affected by cancer to the end of their lives and to die well.

Jacqui is currently leading a three year project to design, deliver and evaluate a training programme called “What Matters to Me”: a human rights approach to end of life, working closely with subject experts from British Institute of Human Rights. Jacqui Graves' PowerPoint Presentation.

Fiona Finlay, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Fiona trained in medicine at the University of Nottingham. She completed her palliative medicine training in NHS Tayside in 2014 and was appointed as a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in 2016.

As a registrar she completed a Master of Public Health (Palliative Care Research) degree. Her dissertation was a symptom prevalence study of outpatients with cirrhosis.

She is currently local Principal Investigator of a multi-site feasibility study looking at integrating palliative medicine with gastroenterology care in people with end stage liver disease. Fiona Finlay & Hazel Woodland's presentation


Lynsey Fielden, Consultant Geriatrician, NHS Forth Valley

Lynsey Fielden has been a consultant geriatrician in NHS Forth Valley since 2013 and more recently hospital palliative lead since 2016 in addition to her clinical commitments. She is a specialist in movement disorders and is passionate about anticipatory care planning, education and patient safety. Lynsey has been leading the first ReSPECT process (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment ) pilot in Scotland. Lynsey Fielden & Juliet Spiller's PowerPoint Presentation.

Hazel Woodland, Hepatology Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow

Hazel is a Gastroenterology Speciality Trainee working in the Severn Deanery and is currently taking time out of training in order to complete a two-year research project. Her research focuses on improving end of life care for patients with chronic liver disease and she is Chief Investigator on a multi-centre feasibility study investigating the acceptability and impact of early integration of palliative care into the management of patients with advanced liver disease. She is also examining the experiences of lay carers of patients with this condition and exploring their experiences of accessing healthcare. Finally, she is collaborating with Public Health England in order to identify discrepancies that may exist in the care given to patients with liver disease from different socioeconomic backgrounds in their last year of life. Fiona Finlay & Hazel Woodland's presentation

Juliet Spiller, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Marie Curie Hospice Edinburgh

Dr Juliet Spiller is a consultant in Palliative medicine working at the Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh. An interest in supporting good practice in decision-making, documentation and communication of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions came from leading local policy work in NHS Lothian in 2006. This became the basis for the NHS Scotland DNACPR policy which was launched in 2010 and revised in 2016 in line with UK legislative and good-practice changes. Through this policy development experience Juliet has become involved in eHealth work relating to accessible emergency care information, Realistic Medicine, and anticipatory care planning in Scotland. She is co-chair of the Expert Working Group for the UK-wide ReSPECT process (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment). Other clinical and research interests include delirium, psychological interventions, and medical acupuncture. Lynsey Fielden & Juliet Spiller's PowerPoint Presentation.

Brodie Paterson, Emergency Medicine Consultant, NHS Tayside

Mr Brodie Paterson is an Emergency Medicine Consultant with NHS Tayside and flight physician with East Anglian Air Ambulance.

His research interests include head injuries, care of the dying patient and organ and tissue donation.

The Ninewells Emergency Department cares for approximately 60 patients per year in the final hours of life in the ED observation ward and developed the process in conjunction with the hospital palliative care team.


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