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SPPC Annual Conference 2019

Bookings are now open for Scotland’s premiere event for anyone involved in the care and support of people reaching the end of life.

Provocation, innovation and eternal truths

Wednesday 18th September 2019, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

The quest to enable people to live well with serious illness and to die as they would wish is being reshaped by social, demographic and financial change. This conference will engage delegates in considering these changes and explore ways in which as organisations and individuals we might respond.

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

99% of respondents to the evaluation of last year’s conference said the content was relevant to their work and 96% said they were likely to discuss with colleagues or follow up something they heard at the conference.

“This was the first time I had attended the conference and I was very impressed by the breadth of content and the quality of the speakers.”

- Feedback from a delegate to 2018 conference

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

- Feedback from a delegate to 2017 conference

Download the conference programme here: Conference Programme

For pricing information and to book a place, click here: Bookings and prices

View the call for posters here: Call for Posters

Plenary Sessions

Ask not what we can do for death, but what death can do for us

Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher's Hospice
Jake Garber, Service Designer and Systems Thinker, WIGS

As a sector, we hold a powerful position within the national consciousness as the practical and symbolic carers of the dying. So far we have struggled to leverage this position to create the changes that are needed in the sector and in wider society. Research on ‘framing’ highlights how familiar patterns of communication and action are maintained, suggesting one way in which progress is blocked. So what if we start with the frame that death is the opportunity? What becomes possible then?

What’s the best way to care?

Tony Walter, Sociologist and Emeritus Professor, Centre for Death & Society, University of Bath

At end of life, what is the role of bio-medicine and institutions such as hospitals and care homes? Are critiques of medicalisation and institutional care overplayed? Do palliative care and compassionate community have all the answers?

Building organisations which sustain rather than damage employee well-being

Michael West, Professor of Organisational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School

Drawing on research, practical examples and his Co-Chairing of the current GMC review of doctors’ mental health and wellbeing, Michael will describe ways in which organisations can respond to current pressures without sacrificing the wellbeing of employees.

To be Professional is to be Human: attending to our soul in palliative care provision

Ewan Kelly, Freelance Facilitator, Speaker and Pastoral Supervisor

This session will explore the significance of meaningful work for our wellbeing as people as well as practitioners, including how we respond when our deep desire to provide the right care is in tension with aspects of our work context. Ewan will share thoughts, practical strategies and lead a gentle reflection to close the day.

Rapid-fire showcasing of innovations from across Scotland

In this rapid-fire session, five speakers will each present new work of interest from across Scotland.

Breakout Sessions

Delegates will be able to choose one of the following breakout sessions:

Safe, practical radical – how design can help you rethink approaches to death, dying and care.

Jake Garber, Service Designer and Systems Thinker, WIGS

This workshop will show how design thinking can be used to frame new approaches to knotty problems. Delegates will have an opportunity to prototype a solution to an issue which concerns them.

How can we best enable carers to express their support needs and work with them to provide the right support?

Dr Gail Ewing, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Lynne Carmichael, Head of Clinical Governance and Practice Development.

This interactive and practical workshop will introduce the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) intervention. Delegates will gain an understanding of its approach and use in practice.


Realistic Medicine works in Palliative Care

Dr Kirsty Boyd, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Lothian and Dr Kim Steel, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Fife.

Realistic Medicine is driving changes to policy and practice across Scotland and overlaps with another key aspect of palliative care – anticipatory care planning.

This session will use case-based discussion, Q&A and interactive communication to look at what realistic medicine brings to palliative care practice and how palliative care professionals can support the delivery of realistic medicine principles in Scotland.

How translational research can directly impact on the palliative care delivered to our patients:examples in bone and neuropathic pain.

Marie Fallon, St Columba’s Hospice Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant in Palliative Care at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Further information about the conference speakers is available here: Speaker Biographies

Call for Posters

Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to others in Scotland with an interest in palliative care? Why not apply to display a poster of your work at this year's SPPC Annual Conference? Find out more here: Call for Posters.

Book a place

Download the conference programme here: Conference Programme

For pricing information and to book a place, click here: Bookings and prices

There is a discount for anyone employed by a SPPC member organisation.

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