Our annual conference

Join us for a one day virtual conference addressing some of the most important and topical issues in palliative and end of life care.

Our annual conference

About the 2023 Rennie Grove Peace Conference

Building on the success of our previous 26 annual conferences, this will be our first since the merge between Rennie Grove and Peace Hospice Care. Together we will explore the theme ‘Celebrating excellence in palliative care’.

Palliative care is driven by people with a passion to deliver excellent care. In busy working lives the importance of pausing to notice and celebrate our successes and achievements can be easily overlooked. Join us as we welcome speakers from across the country, who share this drive and passion for excellence, as we shine a light on some of their achievements. The programme is a celebration of excellence that will inspire us all to work towards the achievements that will be our future celebrations.

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When 18th October

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Where Online

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Who Healthcare professionals

We’re delighted to announce our speakers for the 2023 conference

Chair’s welcome and introduction 

Sarah Klinger is the Medical Director at Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care (RGPHC) and a Consultant in Palliative Medicine.  Sarah worked at Peace Hospice Care since 2013 and prior to this was a Specialist Palliative Medicine Specialist Registrar on the London Deanery Training Scheme.  Sarah holds an MSc in Palliative Medicine and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2017.  She is responsible for the provision of specialist palliative care medical services to patients at RGPHC and is the Caldicott Guardian for the organisation with responsibility for the secure handling of clinical information.    

Reason to be Cheerful Part 1

Mark had several management roles in NHS Scotland and then spent four sweaty and rewarding years capacity building in GhanaNext he led the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland for 9 years. This period saw the development of respite services for people with advanced MS and complex needs, the establishment of a major MS research centre at Edinburgh University, the development of the Scottish MS register for population-based research, and successful advocacy for national standards for neurological servicesMark joined Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) in 2009SPPC exists to improve people’s experiences of living with serious illness, dying and bereavement. The 100+ organisations in the Partnership span all sectorsFor over a decade SPPC’s public-facing alliance Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, has promoted supportive attitudes and behaviours and community-led action relating to death, dying & bereavement. 

‘Systems approach to a co-designed career development and progression framework in palliative and end of life care.

After completing nursing degree and training in Australia, Mel worked in various oncology and haematology settings in various roles including Clinical Nurse Specialist, Manager Day Patient Oncology Centre – co-ordinating radiotherapy for people living in rural and remote areas and completing Post Graduate Diploma in Oncology and Supportive Care and Post Graduate Certificate in Public Health. During this time she developed a passion for palliative and end of life care. Moved to the UK in 2012 and have been working with Marie Curie since 2013, first as a Registered Nurse in the Hospice and then moving into education and training with a focus on person-centredness and practice development. Over the last 12 months she has taken on the programme director role of Project ECHO at Marie Curie, implemented and embedded resilience based supervision and led the implementation of Marie Curie’s Career Development and Progression Framework focused on the skills, knowledge and capabilities required at each level of practice in palliative and end of life care.   

Utilising technology to change the way in which society thinks about and plans for death.’  

James is the founder of MyWishes and the Digital Legacy Association. He also holds a post as the digital research fellow at Michael Sobell House and Harlington Hospice. 

James consults various governmental and non-governmental organisations in areas relating to death and the internet. He often provides thought leadership in areas relating to death, bereavement and technology. James’ appearances and publications range from BBC Breakfast and Morning Live to the New Scientist and the Guardian. MyWishes is an end of life planning software that empowers the general public to document and share their advance care plans and wider end of life preferences. The Digital Legacy Association is the global association dedicated to improving awareness and standards in areas relating to digital asset planning and digital legacy safeguarding. 

Making ‘virtual’ a reality in palliative care settings – experiences from a cancer centre. 

Professor Mark Taubert is a palliative medicine hospital consultant and clinical director at Velindre University NHS Trust. His teaching/research activities at Cardiff University include advance care planning, acute palliative care, technology & new media and DNACPR decision making. He is the founder of TalkCPR.com and has a national lead role to improve public understanding on topics relevant to care in the last years of life and at the extreme ends of medicine. He has delivered a Ted Talk on subtleties in language that are relevant to modern healthcare delivery, and writes for international news outlets like the Washington Post and Al Jazeera. 

Provocations of privilege and end of life care for those from minoritised communities – How can we be the better specialty? 

Professor Jonathan Koffman has a BA in Social Administration, an MSc in Sociology as Applied to Medicine and a PhD in Cancer Studies from King’s College London. He previously worked at the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London where he developed a programme of work on disadvantaged dying and researching clinical uncertainty. For five years he was Postgraduate Dean for Taught Studies in the School of Medicine and was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award for his undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. 

Supporting practice-based learning in relation to death and dying for care home staff: monthly reflective debriefing session.’ 

Jo Hockley trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1970. After working as a midwife, she then moved into hospice and palliative care having the privilege of working at St Christopher’s Hospice with Dame Cicely Saunders.  She has worked as a nurse specialist in palliative care in a number of different settings and has a passion for empowering the generalist in in their knowledge of palliative and end of life care.  For the last twenty years as a result of her PhD, Jo has worked exclusively in research and quality improvement initiatives in care homes. She was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her work in palliative care.  Jo recently retired from The University of Edinburgh where she has been a Senior Research  Fellow in the Primary Palliative Care Research Group. 

About our conferences

Every year we hold a one-day virtual conference addressing some of the most important and topical issues for UK health and social care professionals with an interest in palliative and end of life care. Firstly, it provides an educational forum for our own nurses and clinicians. In addition, it offers our partners working in community and palliative care the valuable chance to learn and network.  

We keep delegate rates as competitive as possible because we know your organisations have limited budgets for education. With a consistently high standard of speakers and a wide range of relevant topics for discussion, it’s grown in popularity. For example, our palliative care conference now attracts around 100 healthcare professionals from across the UK.  

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With many thanks to MMG for their support in delivering our 2023 virtual conference.