Radical change: A blueprint for the next 50 years of dying


Friday 12 May 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Palliative Care Section , St Christopher's Hospice and Hospice UK


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about this event

This conference celebrates 50 years of the hospice movement, whilst simultaneously recognizing that society, care services, the public and professionals will all need to work quite differently to ensure that people die well in the future. The speakers will bring radical ideas to our thinking, demanding a balance of human, digital and community solutions to make the difference.


  • Encourage creative and innovative approaches to today’s palliative challenges – to re-ignite the pioneering ethos of the hospice movement
  • Introduce the concept of ‘design thinking’ to health care issues – the day will be encouraging people how to think differently, rather than about what to do
  • Introduce examples from outside palliative care to stimulate new collaborative and imaginative ways of working 

key speakers in the media

Watch Dr BJ Miller talk about quality of life amid advanced or serious illness on PBS News below


Dr BJ Miller 

Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center


Dr Martin Wilson 

Consultant Geriatrician, The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

George adams essay prize

Submission deadline: Wednesday 29 March 2017
Meeting date: Friday 12 May 2017
Open to: Medical students 


  • 1st prize - £500 for the winner and £500 for the winner’s chosen charity/hospice
  • 2nd prize - one year’s membership to the RSM


Applicants are asked to comply with the following

  • Submit an essay or case study of no more than 2,000 words
  • Case studies and essays should follow the title: "Innovation in palliative care: What's next?"
  • Only one author per submission
  • The winner must be available to present at the event on Friday 12 May 2017.


Runners up may be invited to present a poster at this event. 



Programme subject to change


8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.10 am

Welcome and introduction

9.20 am

Why radical must become the norm

Dr BJ Miller, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

10.00 am

Our changing relationship with digital

Speaker to be confirmed

10.40 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

Bringing design thinking to end of life care

HELIX team

11.45 am

Panel discussion

12.30 pm


1.00 pm

Trainee masterclass: Topic to be confirmed (optional)

Dr BJ Miller

1.45 pm

A new model of care

Dr Columba Quigley, Managing Editor, Medikidz

2.25 pm

Realistic ageing – facing the final chapters

Dr Martin Wilson, Consultant Geriatrician, Inverness

3.05 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.25 pm

The next steps: Bringing together aspiration, science and energy

Mr Jake Garber, Service Designer, The Innovation Unit

4.05 pm

Panel discussion

4.40 pm

Presentation by the George Adams prize winner

4.50 pm

Presentation of George Adams prize

4.55 pm

Closing comments

5.00 pm

Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting

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  • Registration will close on Monday 8 May 2017


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RSM members

Enjoy our excellent accommodation facilities right here at the RSM


Non members

Stay at our Grade I listed Georgian townhouse just 5 mins walk from RSM


organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Hatty GrantTel: 02072902984 Email: palliative@rsm.ac.uk arrow