About this event

  • Date and time Mon 10 May 2021 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences, Palliative Care

This webinar will explore how healthcare professionals can better manage the large group of patients who have neurological disorders at the end of life. 

Delegates will be updated on current ideas on symptom management in Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

These patient palliative care needs differ from other patient groups and can be complex. There are a number of initiatives that have been developed including novel tools and rating scales that will be discussed and examined. 

Speakers from palliative and neurological backgrounds will present their areas of expertise in what promises to be an interesting educational day providing pragmatic clinical help for clinicians. 

Topics to be covered:

  • The palliative and end-of-life needs of patients with common neurological illnesses
  • Detail certain symptoms patients with movement disorders, stroke, multiple sclerosis and stroke may experience and how these might be managed 
  • Treatment options when neurological difficulties (e.g. seizures) occur at the end of life 
  • Share research insights and their practical applicability for advance care planning 
  • New tools to assess neurological patients near the end of life 
  • Techniques for approaching these topics in consultations 

Please note the agenda shown below is a provisional programme and may change due to speaker work requirements during the pandemic. The final programme will be confirmed nearer the event date.

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Standard pricing available until 10 May 2021.


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Key speakers

Eileen Cowey

Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Health Care School, University of Glasgow, Scotland 

Amy Kingston

Consultant, Palliative Medicine, Royal Trinity Hospice, UK

Dr Lina Nashef

Consultant Neurologist, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Dr Peter Foley

Consultant Neurologist, NHS Lothian, UK

Speaker's biography

Dr Foley is a Consultant neurologist with a particular interest in the application of the principles of palliative care to people living with progressive neurological disease. 


His PhD focused on the epidemiology and mechanisms of neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis (MS). He led a clinical and neuroimaging study of patients with relapsing-remitting MS, who were affected by neuropathic limb pain. The study used a variety of novel methodologies including detailed neuropsychological assessment, and both structural and functional imaging of the brain, to assess whether patients' innate ability to modulate pain and its severity is damaged by multiple sclerosis. 


Peter now works within the NHS Lothian MS service, as well as contribute to general and acute neurology services and the Huntington's disease service. 


View the provisional programme

Welcome and introduction 
What is palliative in Parkinson's disease?

Dr Dominic Paviour, Consultant Neurologist, St George's Hospital, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The impacts on family and patient

Catherine Parry, Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist, St George’s Hospital, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break
Multiple sclerosis advanced care planning

Emma Nicholas, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal Trinity Hospice

Multiple sclerosis symptom management

Amy Kingston, Consultant, Palliative Medicine, Royal Trinity Hospice 

Using evidence to inform good care in stroke

Eileen Cowey, Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Health Care School, University of Glasgow 

Palliative aspects of care in neurological disorders - what can realistically be achieved in a busy clinic?

Dr Peter Foley, Consultant Neurologist, NHS Lothian 

Tea and coffee break
Case presentation of end of life seizures

Debbie Swann, Consultant Palliative Care, St Christopher's Hospice

Managing seizures terminally

Dr Lina Nashef, Consultant Neurologist, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Panel discussion
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

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This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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