Dying Matters Conference

Date and time
Monday, 13 May 2019
09.30 - 16.30

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

"Are we ready to talk about dying?"

We are hosting a full day conference to launch the national Dying Matters campaign 2019 in Derbyshire. Our aim is to support staff working across health and social care in encouraging open and honest conversations with patients, carers and colleagues and we have decided to do this in response to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Report October 2018 "Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead". We are delighted that the President of the RCP Professor Andrew Goddard has agreed to speak, as well as other prominent speakers (see below).

This event is aimed at doctors, senior clinicians, specialists, nurses, allied health care professionals and all health and social care staff caring for palliative and end of life individuals and their families/carers.

For the last couple of years, the national Dying Matters Awareness Week has challenged us all to answer a question: What can you do to help ourselves, our families and our communities face up to death and bereavement?

For 2019, the Dying Matters campaign (Hospice UK) will ask another question: Are We Ready? Within Derbyshire we have decided to approach this with our largest event so far, by hosting a conference for health and social care staff to support us within "Are we ready to talk about dying?"

We have a range of speakers to support this conference as such questions are best faced with the help of others, which is why we’re asking “Are we ready to talk about dying?” To face death and dying is a challenge greater than any one of us can face alone, and it is all of our responsibility and as such is a collaborative responsibility.

Cost £25 per delegate / £5 for students in health and social care.

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Event Programme:

Welcome by Dr Wendy Wesson and Chair’s opening remarks Dr Maelie Swanwick /Sharan Watson


Professor Andrew Goddard, RCP report “Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead”

Dr Kathryn Mannix “With the end in mind”

Professor John Coggon “Law, Ethics and End of Life Care”

Professor Sue Dyson “Impact of workplace culture and compassion on having these conversations”

Dr Caterina Cattel " The subtacular death: are we prepared?”

Michelle Brown “Honest Conversations with Carers”

Martin Brock “Talking to the bereaved – what makes these conversations difficult?”

Professor Ruth Parry & Becky Whittaker “Getting evidence into communication skills training on talking about dying: Real Talk resources for trainers”

Dr Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients’ own homes to deliver palliative care, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching. Having qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1993, she started the UK’s (possibly the world’s) first CBT clinic exclusively for palliative care patients. Her first book, With the End in Mind was critically acclaimed, became a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize.

Talking about dying in an open and honest way will also encourage us to explore and discuss "the politics of end of life law" and we are delighted that Professor John Coggon (Professor of Law at the University of Bristol Law School, where he is Co-director of the Centre for Health, Law, and Society and is author of numerous papers about questions concerning ethics and law at the end of life in journals including the British Medical Journal). Questions concerning death and dying raise acutely testing matters of personal and professional morality. Whilst there is a widespread view that the law in this area is properly determined by Parliament, political stasis has given rise to continued efforts to extend individual rights at the end of life through applications to the courts. Professor John Coggon will help explore contrasting perspectives on human rights law in regard to individual claims for greater control over death and dying.