Palliative Care For Manual Therapists Conference
Date: 18 May 2019
Conference lead: Shireen Ismail
Cost: £110 - £150
Why do you need to know about palliative care as a manual therapy practitioner? Palliative care is the active care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. There is robust evidence that involving multidisciplinary palliative care teams improves symptom control, satisfaction and psychological support for patients and families in community settings, hospices and hospitals 1-3. Patients who receive palliative care at an early point in the disease process tend to experience a better quality of life. Can hands-on therapies be part of this palliative care team?
Pain in older people is under-recognised and under-treated according to the authors of new guidance on the management of pain in older people published by the British Pain Society and the British Geriatrics Society. Control of pain is paramount in palliative and end of life care. Touch therapies are increasingly valuable in palliative care due to their pain-relieving effects accompanied with minimal risks and side-effects particularly in patients who cannot tolerate pharmaceutical intervention. However, to be part of a team you need to understand the role of every member of the team.
About the conference
This conference will introduce you to the key stakeholders in the multidisciplinary palliative care team. It will cover the care pathways set out in the UK for end of life care including the NICE guidelines. The conference will outline a path for manual therapy practitioners to embark on a career in palliative care. You will have the opportunity to engage with specialists in the management of pain in frail older adults.
The workshops that run after lunch will enable you to physically experience two of the hands-on therapies popular in end of life care. Case studies of palliative care scenarios in the community setting will enable you to take the first steps in engaging with this growing patient base.
The conference is open to everyone involved in manual therapy including osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, reflexologists, aromatherapists amongst many others.
Summary of Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) covered on this conference
- A) Communication and patient partnership - A2
- B) Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2
- C) Safety and quality in practice - C1, C6
09:30 Introduction by Shireen Ismail
09:50 Keynote speaker Claude Chidiac (LSBU, Sobell House)
11:10 Pathways and Challenges: from an osteopathic perspective, Christian Scharsach
11:55 Pain in older adults and those with dementia: Prof. Patricia Schofield, (Professor of pain and ageing, University of Abertay)
13:40-15:25 Workshops (45-min each session x 2) in Aromatherapy and Therapeutic Touch
- Therapeutic Touch: Annie Hallett confirmed
- Aromatherapy: Rhiannon Lewis
15:35-16:20 Case studies of nursing in palliative care (including cancer) - Yasmin Sandeh (Community Palliative Care Nurse, Royal Trinity Hospice)
16:20-17:00 Case studies of physiotherapy in palliative care (including cancer) - speaker to be confirmed
Claude Chidiac is a lecturer in Palliative Care at Saint Francis Hospice, and the founder and course director of Palliative and End of Life Care at London South Bank University. He has held a variety of clinical roles in acute, hospice, and community settings. His current work focuses on improving the palliative care provision for marginalised populations, with a specific emphasis on gender and sexual minorities. His PhD research explores the needs, preferences, and experiences of LGBT people with dementia, and their partners at the end of life. Claude has been involved in a number of consultations to support and provide expert advice to organisations about delivering affirmative care for LGBT people nationally, and internationally. Claude is undertaking a PhD in Palliative Care at Lancaster University. He has an MSc in Palliative Care Clinical Practice from University College Dublin, and a BSc in Nursing from the American University of Beirut. He completed a PgCert in Academic Practice in Higher Education at King’s College London, and subsequently became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professor Patricia Schofield
Patricia Schofield is Professor of Pain & Ageing at Abertay University, Dundee. She is active in research leading a number of projects around pain, ageing and dementia. Recent research projects have included Designing and Developing Strategies for the Self-Management of Chronic Pain (EOPIC study), New technologies to support older people at home:maximising personal and social interaction and Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition, especially Dementia. Patricia’s current project is funded by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) looking at the use of chatbot technology for self-management of chronic pain. She was recently awarded an honorary European Diploma in Pain Medicine for her contribution to education and she has been invited to lead the work for the European Year against pain in vulnerable populations and to be joint lead of the Global Years against pain in vulnerable populations. Patricia has published several books in the field and over 200 peer reviewed articles. Patricia is patron to the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Pensioner Forum.
Annie Hallett Msc BACP
Annie Hallett has a background in Nursing, Counselling, Education and Complementary Therapies including Healing. In 1993 she started one of the first Counselling and Complementary Therapy services within an NHS Cancer Unit in the UK, which is when she became interested in Healing and Therapeutic Touch. She has studied various traditions of Healing, Shamanism and Reiki, but it is the interpretation of energy and Healing through Therapeutic Touch, which has had the most influence on her work. She has studied Therapeutic Touch with its founder Dolores Krieger, both in Australia and in the United States and with Jean Sayre Adams who first introduced it to the UK.
In addition to Counselling and Complementary therapies her work in the NHS has included strategic roles along with bereavement support and the teaching of communication skills. She has been involved in the development of various Guidelines relating to counselling and complementary therapies nationally and has run numerous workshops across the UK. She is a registered member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) and serves in an advisory capacity on their Professions Specific Board for Healing.
She is the author of ‘A far reaching thing, tales of healing with therapeutic touch’.
Rhiannon is the editor of the ‘International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy’ and director of ‘Essential Oil Resource Consultants’. Rhiannon has extensive experience in running workshops and speaking to large number of delegates. Rhiannon along with her team organised the recent ‘Botanica 2018 - A Celebration of Plant Therapeutics and Clinical Aromatherapy’ at the University of Brighton.
- Higginson, I.J and Evan, C.J. What is the evidence that palliative care teams improve outcomes for cancer patients and their families? Cancer J, 16, 423 – 435. (2010)
- Zimmermann, C. et al. Effectiveness of specialised palliative care: systematic review. JAMA 299, 1698-1709. (2008)
- Higginson, I.J. et al. Do hospital based palliative teams improve care for patients and their families at the end of life? J. Pain Symptom Manage. 23, 96-106 (2002)
The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.