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SPPC Autumn season

Instead of our usual Annual Conference, this year we bring you the SPPC Autumn Season.

The Autumn Season will consist of four bite-sized virtual events, together with a poster display and competition.

We can’t give you the neo-classical Georgian splendour of the Royal College of Physicians. However, we can invite you to join from your bedroom or busy office, without the need to travel or give up a whole day. Random cats and kids are welcome too.

Virtual Poster Exhibition

12th -29th October, online

Over the years, the poster display and competition has formed an integral part of networking and best practice sharing and learning at our Annual Conferences. This year is no exception - it has seen an unprecedented number of entries for the Partnership's virtual poster display and competition. You can view the poster exhibition here: SPPC Virtual Poster Exhibition, and there's an opportunity to hear from some of the poster authors at the Poster Parade Event on 29th October. Remember to vote for your favourite poster - the poster with the most votes will win the prestigious Derek Doyle Poster Prize.

Steps to Better Bereavement

30th September, 10.30 – 1pm

Usually around 240 000 people are bereaved in Scotland each year. To this COVID-19 has added scale, and created new and cruel circumstances of loss.

Bringing a variety of international and professional perspectives, confirmed speakers include:

Small group discussions will then focus on how Scotland can improve people’s experience of bereavement. The outputs of those discussions will feed into the new position paper on strategy SPPC is developing for the sector. View the full programme for the event here: Programme. You can register for this virtual event here: Steps to better bereavement registration

Shaping the Future, Sharing Ideas

8th October, 10.30 – 1pm

Five years on from the publication of the Scottish Government Strategic Framework for Action for Palliative and End of Life Care, it is important to take stock and look forward to what is next for palliative and end of life care in Scotland.

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care is currently gathering evidence, experience and ideas inform future strategy development relating to palliative and end of life care, serious illness, dying and bereavement.

This interactive workshop is an opportunity to inform this work. More details will follow, and you can register here: Shaping the future, sharing ideas

Arts Symposium

20th October 2020

The arts team at St Columba's Hospice Care is organising an online symposium bringing together arts therapists, community artists and other arts practitioners to explore the role of the arts in palliative and bereavement care. The symposium will also feature an online arts exhibition showcasing examples of creative arts projects and work that is happening in hospices across Scotland. More details to follow. To register to this free virtual event please email:

SPPC Poster Parade

29 October 2020, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

This event will showcase new and innovative work from across Scotland (and perhaps beyond) in a series of rapid-fire presentations with Q&A. Featuring a selection of posters from the SPPC virtual poster exhibition the event will also announce the winner of the Derek Doyle poster prize. More information about the poster parade, exhibition and competition is available here: SPPC Poster Parade

Photo credits:

Leaves: Herr Bohn; Posters: Yonghuyun Lee; Leaves & person: Artur Rutkowski; Wall: Marija Zaric; Paints: Anna Kolosyuk; Carnival: Christian Wiedige

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