About this event

  • Date and time Wed 16 Dec 2020 from 9:30am to 1:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Palliative Care

This special annual meeting, this year in webinar form, will stimulate and inspire junior doctors, nurses and allied health professionals about the role of research in palliative care. The Palliative Care Section: Evidence and Impact Research Prize will also be given at this meeting.

The webinar will showcase master’s level research and quality improvement projects, discuss the challenges and opportunities for research in palliative care and provide an opportunity for aspiring researchers to network with peers, academics and clinicians. All with the aim of building the next generation of researchers in palliative care.

Learning objectives include:

  • Develop an understanding of research methodologies and careers opportunities in academic palliative care 
  • Identify key opportunities and challenges for research in the context of palliative care
  • Learn about current research topics in palliative care

Join us for an unmissable chance to network and connect with fellow researchers. An interactive meeting room will give participants the opportunity to create a new network for palliative care peers and clinicians. 

A limited number of bursary places are available for this meeting. Please contact palliative@rsm.ac.uk to apply for a place, including your reason for applying.

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Key speakers

Professor Rob George

Medical Director, St Christopher’s Hospice, Professor of Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders’ Institute, UCL 

Speaker's biography

Following accreditation in Respiratory and General Medicine and a doctorate on breathlessness, Rob pioneered HIV & non-cancer palliative care from 1987-2003 at UCL Hospitals during which time he established the first NHS Hospice@Home service.

From 2003-2006 he had a portfolio of consultancies working with specialist palliative care services facing various operational difficulties in settings across the voluntary sector, combined NHS and Independent Hospice Services and in NHS posts spanning the community, specialist beds and acute hospitals.

From 2006-2015 he was back in the NHS full time covering the community around Ealing and then Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in Central London.

In September 2015 he became Medical Director at St Christopher’s Hospice, but continues with some NHS sessions.

As a leader and influencer, he was clinical lead for Palliative/EoLC for London from 2007-13 and was President of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland from 2014-6.

He is on the council of the RCP, has sat on RCP working parties reporting on aspects of palliative and end of life care and Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness. He advises various Government Departments on EoL matters. He has also provided expert opinions on a number of high profile legal cases that involve end of life decisions and challenges to legislation around physician-assisted suicide in the UK and abroad. He has sat on various ethics committees over the years.

He is a clinical academic, rather than an experimental researcher and before gaining his professorship at the Cicely Saunders Institute, KCL, he was Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at UCL. He has around a hundred and forty publications.


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Welcome and introduction
“It’s like they’re showing that they care”: A Qualitative interview study of The Second Conversion Model

Anna Weil 

The role of primary thromboprophylaxis in people with cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Fiona Anne Dewar 

What’s the fuss about feedback? A literature review on how to best collect user feedback on video consultations in palliative care during Covid-19

Natasha Varshney 

Comfort break and poster viewing
“Compassion outside of the box”. The role of allied healthcare professionals in providing a Companion service for patients at the end of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. A service evaluation

Ellen Haire 

How well are medical schools preparing graduates for palliative care in clinical practice? A mixed methods survey of foundation doctors

Madeleine Bell 

Urinary metabolomics for the prognosis of dying

James Baker 

Comfort break and poster viewing
The end of life experiences for cancer patients with COVID-19; Reflections from 2 UK Cancer Centres

Philippa McFarlane 

Audit of prescription and administration of opioids in GSF registered patients on general hospital wards

Mohammed Shah 

Improving escalation decision making and advanced care planning in heart failure patients

Charlotte Mann 

Comfort break and poster viewing
Reflections on research in palliative care from early pioneers to modern day innovators

Professor Rob George, Medical Director, St Christopher’s Hospice, Professor of Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders’ Institute, UCL 

Questions and answers
Prize presentations
Closing remarks



Research prize for this meeting:

Palliative Care Section: Evidence and Impact Research Prize

Prize: 3 prizes for oral presentations and a poster prize. These will be awarded at the Evidence and Impact session on Monday 13 December 2021. The 6 highest scoring abstracts will be invited to give an oral presentation and the remainder of sufficient quality will be asked to produce a poster at the Palliative Care event Monday 13 December 2021.

•   1st prize -  £250 plus a year's free membership
•   2nd prize - £100
•   3rd prize -  £50
•   Poster prize - £50

Open to: Healthcare students and healthcare professionals with master's level research projects, quality improvement or audit in the field of palliative medicine.

Deadline: Submissions closed

Application guidelines: We would like to invite submissions of abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations to showcase current research in palliative care from master's research or quality improvement/audit projects (no more than 300 words). 


Submissions closed

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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