About this event

  • Date and time Thu 24 Nov 2022 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Palliative Care, Psychiatry

Join us for our fourth annual interactive study day bringing together mental health and palliative care professionals. Experts in their fields will explore the best new ways to work with and support those who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness or potentially life-limiting, progressive illnesses which require palliative care. 

This meeting aims to cross boundaries between psychiatry and mental health to promote multiprofessional and multidisciplinary learning through workshops and case-based discussions.

Meeting objectives:

  • Gain an overview of new innovations for meeting the palliative needs of people with mental illness 
  • Understand approaches to managing mental and physical multimorbidity
  • Learn from best practice examples in psychiatry and palliative care 
  • Engage in interactive workshops exploring mental and physical multimorbidity

Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email seven days after the live in-person event taking place on Thursday 24 November 2022 so that you can view it on-demand.

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Key speakers

Dr Annabel Price

Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust and Associate Speciality Director, University of Cambridge

Speaker's biography

Dr Annabel Price is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist in Cambridge working with older people in the acute hospital; she also provides clinical input and supervision to Arthur Rank Hospice and is an Associate Specialty Director of Palliative Care at the University of Cambridge Clinical School. Dr Price is also the Chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Chris Farnham

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, William Harvey Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Chris Farnham is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in Kent. Having worked in teams with populations where people use drugs, he has spent many years providing care alongside substance use services and learning along the way. He has written and taught  widely about how to work alongside often hard to reach patients and provide the palliation they need.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Sarah Yardley, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Wish to hasten death and physician assisted suicide

In a society where there are ongoing attempts to change the law to permit physicians to assist suicide for adults with terminal illness, how to we frame therapeutic engagement for those with a persistent wish to hasten their death?

Dr Annabel Price, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust and Associate Speciality Director, University of Cambridge

Case based discussion: Common issues faced in practice
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

These workshops are interactive and we encourage all attendees to take part. Please note that this meeting will be recorded and stored by the RSM. This recording link will be sent to all registered attendees after the event has taken place and will be available for up to 60 days.

Workshop rotation one
Personality and personality disorder in palliative care

A brief introduction to concepts core to personality development alongside clinical material which focuses on developing relational skills for working with individuals with a possible personality disorder.

Dr Harry Reid, Speciality Trainee in Psychiatry, University College London Hospitals Mental Health Liaison Team

Palliative care for the patient with severe mental illness in acute inpatient mental health setting

An interactive workshop exploring best practice when people who are in the last phase of life in want or need to remain in mental healthcare settings and how to achieve effective joint working between palliative care and mental healthcare professionals.

Maggie Bisset, Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care, South Camden, Islington, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, HCA Symptom Control and Palliative Care Service, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Trauma informed communication skills and setting limits

Following an introduction to the concepts and communications skills of Trauma informed practice this session will use interactive formats to demonstrate communication techniques.

Under stress all of us will have issues concentrating and taking new information in. Some unfortunate individuals have experienced severe forms of stress, for example, 'Adverse Childhood Events' which has left them with a 'highly primed', stress/trauma reaction. Unfortunately, circumstances of adversity will maintain, and/or keep triggering this 'stress/trauma reaction'. The main challenge when people are deploying these pre-verbal skills is for us not to be 'triggered' ourselves, become angry/fearful and 'retaliate', verbally and/or via our body language which can be perceived extremely sensitively by someone whose 'stress/trauma reaction' has been triggered!

Mr John Conolly, Lead Counsellor, Homeless Health Service, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Inclusion health: Intersections of homelessness, mental illness and palliative care

This workshop will provide an introduction to homelessness, why it is a health issue and the need to improve access to inclusive healthcare and palliative care for this population. Participants will gain understanding of what we mean by homelessness and why it is a health issue – and develop understanding of the need for palliative care in this group and barriers to access before exploring a model of care that embeds palliative care in-reach in homelessness services.

Dr Caroline Shulman, Co-Clinical Lead, Homeless Health Programme, Healthy London Partnership, Honorary Senior lecturer, University College London, Senior Clinical and Research Fellow, Pathway and Dr Briony Hudson, Senior Research Manager, Marie Curie


Workshop rotation two
Tea and coffee break

Palliating people who use drugs – an overview

In this session, Chris will outline some of the more common problems encountered whilst providing palliative care to people who use drugs. He will use case studies to explain some approaches that are commonly taken and summarise some of the newer approaches to medication assisted treatment.

Dr Chris Farnham, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, William Harvey Hospital

Case based discussion: Common issues faced in practice
Closing remarks
Close of meeting

Dr Sarah Yardley


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

Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close at 01:00am on 22 November 2022Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event 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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