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The Sense of an Ending: stories, meanings and understanding.

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care Annual Conference 2018

Wednesday 28th November 2018, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Bookings are now open for Scotland’s premiere event 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 delegates with:

100% of respondents to the evaluation of last year’s conference said the content was relevant to their work and 81% said they were very likely to discuss with colleagues or follow up something they heard at the conference.

“an uplifting, thought provoking and wonderful day. The speakers were all excellent and the quality was incredibly high."

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

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“Educative and inspiring, thank you.”

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Topics at this conference will include: realities and complexities of shared decision-making; addressing future challenges for the NHS at 70; partnerships to meet the needs of people with advanced liver disease; social care; human rights as a practical framework; lack of meaning and making sense at the end of life.

To book a place at the conference, please follow this link: SPPC conference bookings

If you are interested to submit a poster to the conference, then please follow this link: submitting a poster

Confirmed speakers include:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Further speakers to be announced soon.......

Book a place

The conference costs £145, with a reduced rate for £105 for employees of member organisations. (A list of member organisations is available here: SPPC members.)

To book a place at the conference, please follow this link: SPPC conference bookings

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