About this event

  • Date and time Wed 16 Sep 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Palliative Care, Association of Palliative Medicine UK

This is episode 3 of the brand new Palliative care webinar series The human side of COVID-19: Reflections on Palliative Care.

In this webinar, experts unite to discuss dealing with death and grief in the context of the COVID-19 as a mass bereavement situation. This important webinar allows delegates to explore how services can be enhanced to meet the increased bereavement experiences, and to recognise that understanding the current context of grief can allow for better patient care.

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand how the grieving process will have been impacted by lockdown measures.
  • Be able to understand the implications of increased mortality rates seen in more vulnerable demographic groups.
  • Consider how lock down restrictions impact on the grieving process     
  • Explore tools for supporting families and coping with grief as clinicians  

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This webinar is in joint association with the Association of Palliative Medicine UK. 

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The RSM is offering this webinar at no charge to delegates, in order to help healthcare professionals to easily access COVID-19 related education material & resources during the pandemic. However, we are asking people to support the RSM in these unprecedented times. Now more than everas a charity we need your help to continue our work and mission in advancing healthcare through innovation and education. Please consider making a donation  for joining this webinar. Thank you for your generosity. 

Key speakers

Dr Jonathan Koffman

Reader, Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders Institute

Speaker's biography

Jonathan Koffman is Reader in Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London. He was instrumental in setting up and running the long established inter-professional MSc in Palliative Care. His research interests include social disadvantaged and end of life care, clinical uncertainty, developing and evaluating complex palliative care interventions, grief and bereavement outcomes and advance care planning, particularly for those with non-malignant disease. His Orchid details can be found here.

Dr Lucy Selman

Senior Research Fellow in Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol and Co-Lead for the Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group

Speaker's biography

Dr Lucy Selman is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, where she co-leads the Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group. Lucy is a social scientist with research interests in psychosocial, spiritual and cultural aspects of serious illness and care. Recently her work has focused on communication, care planning, treatment decision-making and grief and bereavement. She is currently conducting a National Institute of Health Research Advanced Fellowship on staff-patient communication in advanced kidney disease. She is also the founding director of Good Grief, a online festival taking place in October 2020.

Dr Rachel Clarke

Palliative Care Doctor, NHS

Speaker's biography

Before going to medical school, Dr Rachel Clarke was a television journalist and documentary maker. She now specialises in palliative medicine, caring deeply about helping patients live the end of their lives as fully and richly as possible – and in the power of human stories to build empathy and inspire change. Her first book, the Sunday Times bestselling Your Life in My Hands, revealed what life is like for a junior doctor on the NHS frontline. Her new memoir, Dear Life is based on her work in a hospice and explores love, loss, grief, dying and what really matters at the end of life.


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Welcome and introduction

Theories of grief

Dr Jonathan Koffman, Reader in Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders Institute

How lockdown has impacted on the grieving process

Dr Lucy Selman, Senior Research Fellow in Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol and Co-Lead for the Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group.

Supporting families and experiencing grief as clinicians

Dr Rachel Clarke, Palliative Care Doctor

Panel discussion
Close of meeting



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Are we nearly there yet? Coping with COVID-19 burnout

This is episode 2 of The human side of Covid-19: Reflections on Palliative Care.

This webinar aims to provide a platform to reflect on challenges and burnout experienced during the pandemic. Experts will discuss possible techniques which can be deployed to better cope with distressing clinical situations.

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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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