External Courses

8th Guildford Advanced Pain & Symptom Management Courses 2019

The aim of this 2-day advanced course is to provide delegates with an up-to-date, evidence-based review of the management of pain and other common symptoms.

The topics have been chosen because of their impact on the patients’ quality of life, and the lecturers chosen because of their knowledge of the subject matter. The lectures will be supplemented with relevant reading materials, including slide presentations, reprints of articles, and reference / further reading lists.

The course has been developed to address the educational needs of CNSs in Palliative Care, StRs in Palliative Medicine (particularly those about to undertake the SCE in Palliative Medicine), and Consultants in Palliative Medicine. The course organizers are Dr Andrew Davies (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Guildford), and Dr Andrew Dickman (Consultant Pharmacist, Liverpool).

The two courses are identical in terms of lectures / lecturers.

Course Details

Dates & Venues: 9-10 September 2019 – University of Surrey, Guildford
                             23-24 September 2019 – Midland Hotel, Manchester

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ESC:TOX Conference (Enhanced Supportive Care: Cancer Toxicity Management)

Supportive care is increasingly seen at the forefront of the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer as well as cancer treatments. There has never been more of a need for oncology and supportive care services to interface seamlessly and provide a joined up approach for the care of our patients.

This two day conference will focus on the management of cancer pain, cancer toxicities, precision medicine, acute and long term toxicities, radiotherapy, radiology and surgery, palliative care and psycho-oncology. We will discuss the recognition and management of common and non-conventional toxicities from modern chemotherapy with panel discussions and debate.

Intended audience

Clinical nurse specialists, GP’s, oncologists, general physicians, emergency physicians, medical trainees, research nurses, acute oncology nurses, palliative care professionals and all allied health professionals involved in cancer treatment options.

CPD applied for from The Royal College of Physicians

Fees: Consultants/Doctors £350  Nurses/AHPs/Other £200 for 2 full days attendance, 1 day attendance is also available

Call The Christie School of Oncology on 0161 918 7409 or click here to email

Course Details

Date: 12 – 13 September 2019
Venue: The Stoller Hall, Manchester M3 1DA

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16th Supportive Care for the Renal Patient 2019

This annual multi-professional renal palliative care course uses a mixture of lectures and small group case discussions to explore end of life care for patients with renal disease.  The meeting is aimed at consultants and trainees, however numbers are limited, so please apply early.

Aims of the Meeting:

  • Exploring the interface between frailty and end of life care.
  • Improving management of end of life for renal patients by increasing awareness of holistic needs and enhancing communication.
  • Disseminating results of end of life research projects.
  • Use of small group discussions to enable networking between renal and palliative care health professionals.
Organising Faculty:
Edwina Brown, Consultant Nephrologist, Hammersmith Hospital, London
Fliss Murtagh, Professor of Palliative Medicine, Hull York Medical School
Emma Murphy, Clinical Lecturer, Southampton University – Faculty of Health Science

Course Details

Date: 12 – 13 September 2019
Venue: W12 Conferences, Artillery Lane, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS

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Psychiatry Updates in Advanced Cancer and Life-Limiting Illness   

Date: Friday 20th September 2019

Found it challenging to manage concurrent psychiatric and physical issues? Struggling to find practical resources to guide you?
This course will provide clear, practical and expert approaches to the common psychiatric problems experienced by patients with concurrent advanced illness. It will focus on personality disorder, pain control in people with substance abuse, agitation and dementia in advanced disease, a desire for an early death and the psychiatric side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.

Ensuring that you stay abreast of innovative approaches and important legal changes, this course will be of benefit to doctors and specialty nurses in oncology, geriatrics and palliative medicine.

Course Details

Dates: 20 September 2019 
Venue: Oxford Spires Hotel 

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Palliative Care for Patients with Non-Malignant Conditions

New Directions in Palliative Medicine provides high quality, clinically relevant presentations, which are based around a different theme each year.  Our conference in 2019 will be no exception – we look forward to welcoming experts in their field.  In addition to the plenary sessions there will be workshops, the chance to share your own work through poster or oral presentation and opportunities to network with colleagues.

The New Directions in Palliative Medicine Conference continues to grow with each year and we are delighted to welcome delegates from around the world and many of those who attend join us every year now.  The Conference is relevant for those who specialise in Palliative Care, Primary Care, Care of the Elderly or General Medicine.  This year’s conference will be particularly relevant for all those members of the multi-professional disciplinary team who are involved with patients with life limiting non-malignant illness.

If you would like to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation or if you would like more information about delegate fees, travel and accommodation please contact Lindsey Manzie  or visit Strathcarron Hospice website

Application for CPD Points will be made from the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.

Course Details

Date: 26-27 September 2019 
Venue: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

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RCP Mortality conference: collaboration and globalisation

Following on from the sell-out success of last year’s event, join the RCP Mortality team for their second annual conference.

‘Collaboration and globalisation’ will bring together members of UK and international healthcare organisations to discuss challenges, successes and innovations in mortality.

The RCP Mortality team will also discuss their upcoming work, meaning you’ll be at the heart of discussions around the future of healthcare.

So, don’t miss this event of the year for all healthcare professionals involved in the mortality review process.

Why not attend for less with our early-bird offer? Book your ticket before 15 September to benefit.

Course Details

Date: Thursday 17th October 2019 
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, London

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Renal Palliative Medicine Masterclass

Date: Friday 01st November 2019

This masterclass will explore the interface of palliative care with renal care and discuss learning points from joint renal and palliative medicine services in Oxford, Scotland and Australia.
The masterclass will discuss the evidence based contemporary management of the most troublesome symptoms experienced by patients with severe renal impairment.
Looking to the future, ideas about the possible changes to the interface between palliative and renal care will be discussed. There will be an opportunity to discuss your questions with the expert teaching staff.

Course Details

Dates: 1 November 2019 
Venue: Oxford Spires Hotel 

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Radiology in Palliative Care

Imaging is of great importance in aiding diagnosis and establishing management plans with patients. However, many specialists in palliative medicine have had only limited and/or historic training in interpreting X-ray images, CT and MRI scans. It would be helpful to have basic interpretation skills, alongside use of formal radiology reports, to enhance communication with colleagues and patients.

This one day study day will cover basic imaging interpretation skills for palliative medicine specialists, looking especially at CT and MRI images in an interactive way, in order to aid symptom management plans and enhance confidence in discussing results with patients.


Course Details

Date: 1st November 2019  09:30-16:30
Venue: Hospice in the Weald, Pembury

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End of Life Care in 2019: Science or Art?


“How people die remains in the memory of those who live on” – Dame Cecily Saunders (1918-2005)

This new, interactive study day aims to provide a practical, evidence-based overview of contemporary end of life.

It will review the evidence base for various aspects of EOLC, as well as addressing the medico-legal and ethical issues relevant to 21st Century practice.

The study day will be of benefit to all healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of EOLC, irrespective of their speciality or place of work.

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Course Details

Date: Monday 4 November 2019
Venue: Wesley Hotel and Conference Centre, 81-103 Euston Street, Kings Cross, London NW1 2EZ

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Essential leadership skills for specialty and associate specialist doctors working in palliative care – A two-day workshop 

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th November 2019 in Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull, West Midlands


Thursday 16th and Friday 17th January 2020 Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, London

Specialty and associate specialist doctors need the confidence and skills to lead others. Often the only medic in the room, they need to be able to take charge but share decision-making; lead the group while accounting to others; motivate and inspire across professional boundaries and influence where there may not be formal lines of accountability.

This bespoke workshop is designed for any specialty doctor or associate specialist working in palliative medicine. Numbers are limited to 18 delegates. The course content will contribute to the leadership competencies required for CESR and includes:

  • Working effectively in a constantly changing environment
  • Transactional Analysis – working in ‘adult’
  • Using a coaching style with junior doctors and nursing staff
  • Being assertive and congruent
  • Participating (as chair or participant) in productive meetings
  • Finding ways to routinely initiate ideas for improvement which will ‘stick’
  • Challenging colleagues when there is disagreement
  • Supervising others to support maximum accountability and the development of staff
  • Working across professional and hierarchical boundaries

 Feedback from participants (2019)

  • ‘It was fantastic, I learned about myself and don’t feel alone anymore’
  • ‘I met a lovely tribe of specialty doctors and feel empowered to manage meetings and fierce conversations’

Course Details

Date: 5th and 6th November 2019 or 16th and 17th January 2020
Venue: Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull / Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead

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Advanced Ethics in Palliative and EOLC   

Date: Friday 03rd April 2020

As healthcare practitioners, we are faced with ethical dilemmas and difficult decisions on a daily basis. What to do when there is a conflict between what the patient wishes to do and what their family thinks should be done? How do we navigate a difference in opinion in our team about what a good death looks like? We must examine facts, balance alternatives and think through complex issues.

This conference will provide you with an opportunity to build your confidence, will enhance your skills and help you to develop strategies for dealing with difficult situations. By considering, discussing and debating a number of ethical dilemmas with others, you will increase your knowledge and learn how best to apply this knowledge and your enhanced skills in your practice.

Your employer will gain from this as you bring your enhanced skills back to your workplace, helping patient directly and also indirectly as you transfer knowledge and skills to your colleagues.

Course Details

Dates:03 April 2020
Venue:St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

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