Draft Conference Programme

DRAFT Programme 
Hospice23 Conference 12-14 October 2018 
Weaving Together Holistic Care at the End of Life

A weekend conference for ALL health and social care professionals involved in palliative and end of life care.


Weaving:  the process of forming something by combining several different things, in a complicated or skilled way
Holistic :   dealing with or treating the whole of something or someone and not just a part
Care:  the process of protecting someone or something and providing what that person or thing needs

Cambridge Dictionary

This unique conference brings together speakers from diverse backgrounds with experience in end of life settings.  The aim of the conference is to stimulate debate, provoke ‘out of the box’ thinking and also provide a context for personal reflection, renewal and restoration.  It will include speaker led presentations and debates together with delegate discussions and experiential creative approaches.  Attention to spirituality is woven through the conference, which is open to those of all faiths and none.  Its main themes will encompass communication, diversity and self-care.



Friday 12th October 2018

Holistic Care - the whole story?                          Vivian Lucas

Creative Response

The Gold line                                                            TBC

Creativity, Control, Connection, Isolation: What does digital technology mean for palliative care?

Between the digital agenda of ‘connected health’ set out by the NHS Five Years Forward, and patients’ research priorities for palliative care outlined by James Lind Alliance, we cannot escape digital technology. This talk and workshop will be based on my research into digital technology and art therapy, and my experiences as an art therapist in a hospice. I will explore how computers, smartphones, wearable and immersive technologies, and the Internet may be supporting and disrupting care of patients and their families at the end of life. I will also consider ways digital technology may help or hinder healthcare professionals in managing their own wellbeing. This interactive talk will give participants a chance to creatively use their Wi-Fi enabled digital devices (smartphones, iPads etc), along with a range of traditional visual art materials.                Michele Wood

Therapeutic Presence: exploring the use of our selves in our work        Trustees

‘Hello, it’s Me’.  The patient’s experience in their own words and music          
                                                      Bob Heath  with Viv Lucas and Jane Lings

Reflection                                                                  Chaplain

Saturday 13th October 2018


Learning from other people’s stories                           Martin Howden

(Martin will share a small number of stories from his work experience, and invite us to apply the learning to our own specific work-place contexts).                                                                         


Improving communication & communication training using arts based methods   Olwen Minford 


The Environment:  architecture and design facilitating holistic care at the end of life    Kate Martin


Self-Care:  seeing things differently  (experiential session)                                                   Trustees

Integrating palliative care in diverse environments                                               Overseas delegates

Service of Restoration and Reflection   


Sunday 16th October 2018
Building Integration


Schwartz Rounds: An Intervention to Support Emotional and Psychological Wellbeing of Hospice Staff

Michele Wood and Claire Collins

Michele and Claire are Schwartz Round Facilitators at the Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead, where the Rounds have been running since 2014.

Accessible to a diverse community – focussing on the LGBT community      TBC 

                                                                                                                                                                                               Integrating spirituality within holistic care.    Panel


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