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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

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

Confirmed speakers

Tony Walter

Tony Walter is a sociologist who writes, lectures and consults on death and society, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Bath’s Centre for Death & Society. His death-related research has included end of life care, social networks and care, funeral practice, bereavement, spiritualism, belief in reincarnation, the idea that the dead become angels, mass media and social media, pilgrimage, and the use of human remains in exhibitions. His books include ‘Funerals – and how to improve them’ (Hodder 1990), ‘The Revival of Death’ (Routledge 1994), ‘On Bereavement’ (Open University Press 1999), and most recently ‘What Death Means Now’ (Policy Press 2017). He is currently writing a book on relationships between the living and the dead in the 21st century.

Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson works as one of the Joint CEOs of St Christopher’s Hospice, London. She has previously held the role of National Clinical Lead for Hospice UK, serving as executive lead on the National Commission into the Future of Hospice Care and worked as Clinical Director, then Strategy Advisor to St. Joseph's Hospice in East London. Until recently she worked also as a senior associate of the Innovation Unit in London. Heather is a registered general and mental health nurse and has worked in hospice/palliative care since 1988. She has a PhD, her research concerned with users’ experience of day hospice. More recently she has developed a research interest around public health and end of life care. She currently serves as an honorary professor in palliative care at Lancaster University.


Jake Garber

Jake Garber is a service designer and systems thinker who has been exploring cultures and systems of support around death and dying for over a decade.

In 2011, Jake co-wrote the Demos publication, Dying for Change, which set out a vision for the future of end of life care in Britain. Since then, Jake has worked at the cutting edge of public service innovation at Participle, Innovation Unit, Demos and the Young Foundation. In 2017, Jake co-founded WIGS, a social change organisation that supports the development of the ‘Social Imagination’ – our ability to collectively create alternatives to the challenges our society faces. At WIGS, Jake is currently involved in building a ‘community of imagination’ for end of life care. This group of innovators from the sector and beyond will support each other in conducting small scale, safe but radical experiments that have the potential to shape the future of death and dying in our society.

Lynne Carmichael

Lynne Carmichael’s career in Specialist Palliative Care began in 2000 within the Ayrshire Hospice within various roles, initially as a Staff Nurse then a Community Specialist Palliative Care nurse. In 2011 as part of the Hospice Strategic Review the concept of a Hospice at Home Service originated and as Respite and Response Team Manager she scoped, designed and developed the Respite and Response service. This was a new concept of hospice care in Scotland. The work was done as part of a Masters of research and where a passion for “caring for the carers” was ignited. Lynne led and developed the implementation of the CSNAT (Carers Support Needs Assessment Tool) to ensure a consistent approach to carers assessment. Her current role is Head of Clinical Governance and Practice Development at the Ayrshire Hospice.

Further speakers to be announced soon.......
Delegates employed by SPPC member organisations get a discount.

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