About this event

  • Date and time Wed 11 Mar 2020 from 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location Chandos House
  • 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, including Deborah Bowman MBE FRSA, Jocelyn Cornwell and Brian Lobel. 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. 



Early bird pricing available until 29 January 2020.


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 Cornwell

Chief Executive of The Point of Care Foundation


View the programme

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

Reflections on the experience of suffering in healthcare organisations

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, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Darent Valley Hospital and Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

Giving voice to neonates’ and children’s suffering

Speaker to be confirmed

Question and answer session
Lunch and Section Annual General meeting
Afternoon Session: Introduction
Giving voice to patients

Pip Hardy, Co-founder of the Patient Voices Programme

Beyond pity: Presenting and representing sick voices

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

Tea and coffee break
How to give voice to suffering

Speaker to be confirmed

“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


Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom