Top palliative care speakers confirmed for the St Columba’s Hospice anniversary conference, Edinburgh

Some of the top sector speakers in palliative care will gather in Edinburgh to present at the St Columba’s Hospice anniversary conference on Friday 27 October 2017.

The conference’s full programme has been released, and speakers include Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood alongside Professor Max Watson who recently joined the Hospice UK clinical team.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Marking 40 Years of Palliative Care will take place on Friday 27 October at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The full programme for the conference is now online at

Speakers include Professors Nathan Cherny, Phillip Larkin, Allan Kellehear and Brendan McCormack who will all be presenting on their various specialist areas.

Dr Derek Doyle, who was one of the founders of St Columba’s Hospice, will present on how the Hospice has changed in the four decades it has been serving its community in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Drs Duncan Brown, Barry Laird and Anna Lloyd from the Hospice will present on the Hospice’s research practices and collaboration with universities and other palliative care providers.

Dr Jo Hockley and Dr Jeremy Keen complete the line-up of speakers for the one day conference.

The conference is being organised by St Columba’s Hospice as part of a year-long programme of activity to mark 40 years since it welcomed its first patients.

Dr Erna Haraldsdottir, director of education and research at the Hospice, said: “This conference will see some of the key leaders in palliative care and person-centred care coming together. Attending the conference is a unique opportunity to discover the most recent developments in palliative care and understand how these will shape future care for people affected by long term terminal illness.”

More information and online registration is available through the Hospice’s website at (click here).  Registration costs £95 per person, or you can register four people for the price of three.

The conference is aimed at anyone working in or studying health and social care and is approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for CPD five credits.