About this event

  • Date and time Tue 3 Nov 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:35pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Critical Care Medicine, Palliative Care

These End of life in intensive care webinars are designed to explore the concept of dying in a critical care environment.

This webinar is a chance to reflect on the current provision of palliative care to intensive care patients, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Death in intensive care has received national publicity during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will delve into the recent national guidance and best practice in this area from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand the national guidelines and changes related to COVID-19
  • Gain insight into experiences of the ICU during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Learn best practice in dealing with death from a multidisciplinary perspective

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Key speakers

Dr Amy Proffitt

Deputy Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher's Hospice

Speaker's biography

Having Graduated for Oxford University, Dr Proffitt first undertook training in Haematology before finding her passion for Palliative medicine. As a Consultant at Bart's Health, she enjoyed the diversity of work between central London and Whitechapel. Amy subsequently took on the role of Deputy Medical director and St Christopher’s Hospice – where the Hospice movement started. Dr Proffitt is the Vice President of the Association for Palliative medicine. She is enthusiastic about bringing changes to the speciality and fulfils this through her roles with the Ambition Partnership and has been a representative on the NHS England End of Life Programme Board. She has a particular interest in Ethics and Communication.

Professor Natalie Pattison

Clinical Professor of Nursing, University of Hertfordshire

Speaker's biography

Professor Natalie Pattison is a clinical academic who has worked clinically in cancer, critical care and critical care outreach. She is the Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor of Nursing with a joint appointment across the University of Hertfordshire and East and North Herts NHS Trust. She is the clinical lead for critical care follow-up services in her current Trust and led this at The Royal Marsden for many years, combining this with a research role.

Her research interests focus on her clinical area of critical care and critically ill ward patients, and cancer critical care. She is currently leading work related to: the role of critical care outreach in transitions to end of life, digital applications to support carers, end-of-life care in critical care, interventions to support families in ICU and critical care follow-up.

Natalie is Chair of the UK Critical Care Research Group, and is Vice-chair for PPI/Nursing representative for the NIHR National Specialty Group for Critical Care. She is also Vice-Chair of the National Outreach Forum, Deputy Chair of the UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance and has held editorial roles for journals. She is widely published in critical care supportive care.  Natalie is a member of the NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship review panel and various other panels.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Peter Shirley, President, Critical Care Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Libby Sallnow, President, Palliative Care Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Care at the end of life: What should this look like in intensive care now and in the future

Professor Natalie Pattison, Clinical Professor of Nursing, University of Hertfordshire

A critical shift in culture

Dr Amy Proffitt, Deputy Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher's Hospice

Panel discussion
Close of meeting



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End of life in intensive care: Impact and future direction

These End of life in intensive care webinars are designed to explore the concept of dying in a critical care environment.

This second webinar is a chance to explore how decisions are made in an ICU environment, who is admitted and how this demographic has altered. The ethical aspect of life in the intensive care environment will be scrutinised in this webinar and how families are supported will be discovered.

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.  

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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