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Registration is now open for Looking Back, Looking Forward: Marking 40 Years of Palliative Care

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Marking 40 Years of Palliative Care
Friday 27 October 2017, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

As St Columba’s Hospice marks its 40th anniversary, we are thrilled to organise this conference for those working or studying in health and social care. Looking Back, Looking Forward: Marking 40 Years of Palliative Care will be an opportunity to hear from some of palliative care’s top speakers.

This conference will offer a unique opportunity to engage with the vision of palliative care, reflect on how St Columba’s Hospice has shaped care until now; and share ideas on how palliative care can be developed further.

At Looking Back, Looking Forward: Marking 40 Years of Palliative Care we are delighted to have internationally renowned leaders in the field of palliative care and person-centred care as our key note speakers.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include: 

Dr Catherine Calderwood, chief medical officer for Scotland

Catherine launched her first annual report as chief medical officer in January 2016 which focuses on ‘Realistic Medicine’ and challenges modern medicine to rethink priorities. It has been well received amongst doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and AHPs and read across the world. It also recognizes the importance of valuing and supporting staff as vital to improving outcomes for the people in our care.


Dr Derek Doyle, co-founder of St Columba’s Hospice
Dr Doyle who was one of the Hospice’s founders and was appointed as its first medical director in 1977, and since has promoted hospice and palliative care in almost all the countries of Europe, as well as North America, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.


Professor Nathan Cherny
Professor Cherny has served on the research steering committee of the European Association of Palliative Care since 1997 and in 1999 he helped establish the European Society of Medical Oncology Palliative Care Working Group, which he served as chairman of from 2008 – 2014.


registrationProfessor Brendan McCormack
Professor McCormack focuses on person-centred practice, gerontological nursing, practice development and implementation research. Prof. McCormack has a particular focus on the use of arts and creativity in healthcare research and development.


registrationProfessor Philip Larkin
Professor Larkin has clinical and academic experience in the speciality of palliative care, and is currently Professor of Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care) at University College Dublin and Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Dublin. Prof. Larkin’s work combines both a clinical and academic focus which he believes is essential for the development of palliative care and palliative nursing, in particular.

Professor Allan Kellehear

Professor Kellehear is Academic Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone and a 50th Anniversary Professor (End-of-Life Care), University of Bradford, UK. He is a medical and public health sociologist and who has written extensively on the human experience of dying and public health approaches to its care.


Dr Jo Hockley
Jo Hockley has worked in specialist palliative care for over 20 years, with a passion for disseminating palliative care knowledge within generalist settings. Jo has worked exclusively in research and quality improvement initiatives involving the development of palliative care in care homes. In 2008, she set up a Care Home Project Team to reach out to over 100 care homes within which some innovative research projects were undertaken.


Professor Max Watson
Max Watson is a Palliative Medicine Consultant and visiting Professor at the University of Ulster.  He chaired the RCGP (NI) End of Life Care Committee and is a Clinical Advisor to the Gold Standards Framework Programme in the UK.  Max’s research interests include cancer related fatigue and cachexia, end of life care for people with dementia, generalist palliative care education, and improving palliative care in resource limited settings.

Registration and booking 

Conference registration for Looking Back, Looking Forward is now open and you can book using the form below. All early bird and standard registrations must be made online.

Early bird registration is £80 (£75 plus £5 admin fee), and available until Friday 28 April.

Standard registration is £95 and will be on sale from 29 April.

Group booking discount
Register four people and pay for three people – select the group booking option when standard registration opens.

Student discount
A small number of reduced price spaces will be available for students studying health and social care, priced at £30 each. These will be available from 15 February by calling the Hospice’s Centre for Education & Research on 0131 551 1381