About this event

  • Date and time Thu 13 Jun 2019 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Palliative Care, Open

Join us as we listen to the voices of patients, their advocates, and distinguished academics who have delved deeply into the meaning and many aspects of suffering. We'll be joined by a range of academic speakers, and together we will explore how we can increase our awareness, sensitivity and creative engagement with the subject. 

At this meeting, you'll gain a richer perspective of illness and suffering, gain confidence in engaging creatively and sensitively with suffering, and explore reasons why clinicians and society avoid or are inattentive to suffering amongst other topics. We will give voice to those who have experienced serious illness and to those whose voices are often ignored or not heard.  


Earlybird pricing available until 02 May 2019.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Trainee RSM Retired Fellow RSM Student
£80.00 £50.00 £50.00 £50.00 £45.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£112.00 £70.00 £70.00 £63.00

Key speakers

Brian Lobel

Academic, Performer, Curator and Live artist 

Deborah Bowman MBE FRSA

Academic, Professor of Ethics and Law

Jocelyn Cornwells

Chief Executive of The Point of Care Foundation


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Registration, tea and coffee
Chair's Welcome

Dr Paquita de Zulueta, President, Open Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Introduction and context for the day

Dr Vivian Lucas, President, Palliative Care Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Social suffering – relevance to healthcare

Professor Iain Wilkinson, School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research, University of Kent

Suffering and hope in the context of healthcare

Professor Chris Dowrick, Primary Medical Care, University of Liverpool

Jocelyn Cornwell, Chief Executive, Point of Care Foundation

Panel and audience discussion
Tea and coffee break
Giving voice to the suffering of people with dementia

Dr Victor Pace, St Christopher’s Hospice

Giving voice to neonates’ and children’s suffering
Question and answer session
Giving voice to patients

Pip Hardy, Co-founder of the Patient Voices Programme

A patient's perspective

Mr Brian Lobel, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, School of Speech & Drama, University of London

Tea and coffee break
How to give voice to suffering

Mr Bob Heath, Music Therapist

“To have been what I always was – and so changed from what I was.”

Professor Deborah Bowman, Medical Ethics & Law, Deputy Principal, St George’s Medical School

Bringing it all together

Dr Paquita de Zulueta

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom