About this event

  • Date and time Wed 11 Mar 2020 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Chandos House
  • Organised by Palliative Care, Medicine and Society

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, including Deborah Bowman MBE FRSA and Jocelyn Cornwell. Together we will explore how we can increase our awareness, sensitivity and creative engagement with the subject. 

At this event, 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.

Key speakers

Dr Jocelyn Cornwell

Jocelyn Cornwell

Chief Executive of The Point of Care Foundation

Speaker's biography

Jocelyn is the chief executive and founder of The Point of Care Foundation, an independent charity that grew out of work at the Kings Fund 2007-2013. The charity aims to support staff in their work with patients and to improve patients' and families’ experience of care.  

Jocelyn trained originally as a medical sociologist. Before the Point of Care, she had experience as an academic researcher and teacher, a manager of NHS community services and a director of national value for money studies at the Audit Commission. She was a founding director and deputy chief executive at the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI). 

Jocelyn is the academic lead for patient and public involvement for the NW London CLARHC and visiting professor in the Department of Medicine at Imperial. 

Deborah Bowman

Deborah Bowman MBE FRSA

Academic, Professor of Ethics and Law at St George's, University of London.

Speaker's biography

Deborah Bowman has written widely about medical ethics in both academic and popular publications, including the British Medical Journal, Medical Education, Medical Teacher, Die Psychiatrie, International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine and JAMA. Bowman is the author and co-author of books, including a The Worried Student's Guide to Medical Ethics and Law, "Primary Care Ethics" (with John Spicer) and "Informed Consent" (with John Spicer and Rehana Iqbal). She has contributed chapters to many books, including Kumar and Clark "Clinical Medicine" (8th Edition), Principles and Practice of Travel Medicine (2nd Ed) [with Richard Dawood]], "Ethics in Psychiatry: European Contributions", "Clinical Medicine for MRSCP PACES: Vol. 2" [with Gautum Mehta and Bilal Iqbal], "The ABC of Clinical Leadership" and "Ethical Perspectives on Capacity and Decision-Making".

Her writing for non-academic publications includes theatre reviews for Times Higher Education, a regular column for the MDDUS magazine "Summons", commentary for national newspapers and personal reflections on learning to play the cello.

Bowman is a commentator on medical ethics, including serving as a regular panellist and programme consultant to BBC Radio 4 Inside the Ethics Committee. She has contributed to a number of radio programmes, including Inside Health, the World at One, Health Check, All in the Mind and Nightwaves for BBC Radio 3. In February 2014, she presented the programme Test Case for BBC Radio 4.

Bowman has a particular interest in the humanities and arts as they relate to medical education. She has written about ways in which the humanities can be integrated into medical education and dedicated her inaugural lecture to the relationship between theatre and clinical ethics. In 2013, Sue Eckstein appointed Bowman as Deputy Editor of the journal Medical Humanities. Following the death of Sue Eckstein, Bowman was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Medical Humanities. She is a Board Member and Trustee of London Arts in Health Forum and a member of the International Health Humanities Network. In 2014, she became a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts. Bowman is a contributor to Medicine Unboxed and recently became the curator for Medicine Unboxed: Students. She has spoken at a number of literary and science festivals, including Sick! and 'The Cheltenham Science Festival'.

Bowman was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to medical ethics. In 2017 she revealed that she was having treatment for breast cancer at the Marsden hospital.

Toby Peach

Toby Peach

Founder of Beyond Arts,  a Coney Associate, a BBC Fellow in Community Theatre and a Creative Climate Leader.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Chair's welcome

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


Dr Vivian Lucas, Locum Palliative Care Consultant, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and   Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust     

Social suffering: Relevance to healthcare

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

Suffering, personhood and a pictorial representation of suffering

Professor Tom Sensky, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine and Consultant Psychiatrist, Imperial College London, West London NHS Trust

Reflections on the experience of suffering in healthcare organisations

Jocelyn Cornwell, Founder and Chief Executive, The Point of Care Foundation

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

Dr Victor Pace, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Darent Valley Hospital and Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice

Giving voice to neonates’ and children’s suffering

Dr Edile Murdoch, Consultant Neonatologist, NHS Lothian

Panel discussion

Afternoon session

Chair: Dr Libby Sallnow, Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine, Senior Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University College London

‘Do not go gentle in that good night’: Giving voice to patients, families and staff – is there any possibility of changing it again?

Dr Pip Hardy, Co-Founder and Director, Pilgrim Projects, Patient Voices

Giving voice to suffering using music

Bob Heath, Music Therapist and Lecturer, University of the West of England

Tea and coffee break
Finding your voice beyond a trauma

Toby Peach, Artist, Beyond Arts

"To have been what I always was – and so changed from what I was"

Professor Deborah Bowman, Professor of Bioethics and Clinical Ethics, St George’s, University of London

George Adams prize winner presentation

Miss Sophie Trotter, Student Doctor, University of Cambridge

Bringing it all together

Dr Paquita de Zulueta

Close of meeting


Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9LQ, United Kingdom