Friday 9 February 2018
Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
CPD - Applied for
The aim of this event is to explore how the concept of choice sits within current end-of-life practice and to question whether or not assisted dying is complementary or contradictory to the notion of person-centred care. The event hopes to bring together key figures from many sides of these important issues.
Recently there has been a cultural shift away from paternalism and towards the empowerment of patients to make decisions about their own care. Nowhere is this change more pertinent than at end of life.
Palliative medicine has always led the way in treating people as individuals and we can now see this being embedded in other specialisms. Despite the uptake of planning tools such as Advance Decisions and Lasting Powers of Attorney being low, campaigns to encourage the public to think about and plan for their own death are growing.
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*Programme subject to change.
Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Professor Roger Kirby, Chairman of Academic Board, Royal Society of Medicine
Setting the scene: Personal perspectives on facing death
Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine
The right to die, legal frameworks and the basic humanity of medicine - a personal view
Professor Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director, Public Health England
We had to go to Switzerland
Mr Tony Wicks, Retired Engineer
When Dignitas isn’t an option
Mrs Julie Smith, Enterprise and Employability Manager, Secondary Academy
What can we learn from Coroners’ investigations into suicides amongst dying people?
Ms Karen Harrold, Assistant Coroner, Hampshire and West Sussex
Assisting terminally ill patients to hasten death: What medical aid-in-dying looks like in practice
Dr Catherine Sonquist Forest, MD MPH, Family Medicine Physician, Los Altos, California and Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Primary Care And Population Health, Stanford School of Medicine
Title to be confirmed
Ms Juliet Marlow, Representative, Not Dead Yet UK
Tea and coffee break
Serving patients better
Professor Clare Gerada, Medical Director, NHS Practitioner Health Programme and Former Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
Ensuring good management of symptoms and suffering
Professor Rob George, Medical Director, St Christopher's Hospice and Professor Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London
Rejection, integration or collaboration? Palliative care and assisted dying
Professor David Clark, Wellcome Trust Investigator, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dumfries Campus, University of Glasgow
When patients lack capacity to make choices for themselves: Ensuring person-centred decisions
Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Co-Director, Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, JOMEC, Cardiff University
Patients' choices, best interests, and the courts
Victoria Butler-Cole, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers and Chair of Trustees, Compassion in Dying
The future legal framework: How to make it work in practice
Lord Michael Wills, House of Lords
Offering both hospice care and assisted dying from among the options on the end of life continuum of care
Mark Jarman-Howe, Hospice Chief Executive and Director, Dignity in Dying
Legal protection for doctors
Professor Sir Terence Stephenson, Chair, General Medical Council
The role of the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts
Mr Simon Ringrose, Unit Head, Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, Crown Prosecution Service
The role of palliative care professionals
Conclusions - where next?
Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Drinks reception and close of meeting