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Cambridge Festival of Ideas; What is a Good Death?

21st October 2017 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm

This event, which is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, is a collaboration between the Department of Public Health and Primary Care and Dying for Life.

It will offer the opportunity to explore our attitudes towards end of life care through a discussion of research with patients and the public, practical issues of care, symptoms and support and legal issues. The three hour session will be a facilitated to interweave hearing from the speakers alongside plenty of opportunity for participants to share their own ideas, experiences, and feelings around these issues.

Dr Stephen Barclay is a General Practitioner, Honorary Consultant at Arthur Rank Hospice and University Senior Lecturer in Department of Public Health and Primary Care. He will discuss:
a) His research group’s recent studies of: public opinion concerning care towards the end of life in the United Kingdom and United States (informing the current assisted dying debate); patient preferences for the timing and content of end of life care discussions (informing the current focus on advance care planning in serious illness); and patient, lay carer and public preferences for place of death (informing the current focus of health services on enabling death at home).
b) The practical issues of caring for people approaching the end of life and supporting those around them: services available, controlling symptoms, holding difficult conversations and advance care planning.

Dr Elizabeth Fistein is a Psychiatrist and Ethics & Law Co-ordinator at the School of Clinical Medicine. She is involved in research into the ways in which different mental states may affect our ability to make healthcare decisions, and how doctors should respond to these difficulties. She will talk about legal measures that we can put in place to ensure that our preferences about our care and treatment are respected at the end of our lives if we lose the mental capacity to make these decisions.

The session will be facilitated by Johnnie Moore. Johnnie is a facilitator based in Cambridge who has worked with organisations around the world, and spends much of his time training other facilitators. He’s also the founder of Unhurried Conversations, which are held regularly here in Cambridge and now in other cities as well.

The venue has full wheelchair access and an IR transmitter for use with a personal hearing loop. This event is for adults only. It is not a drop in event. If you would like to be kept informed of future events on this theme, you can sign up to the email list on the Dying for Life website. This event is free but you will need to purchase your free ticket for the event. Click on the link now to purchase your FREE ticket https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-is-a-good-death-tickets-36794586599


21st October 2017
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Cambridge Festival of Ideas
01223 766766


Seminar Room 1
Clinical School, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Addenbrookes site
Cambridge, CB2 0SP
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