SAT 28 SEPTEMBER
THE BRIGHT BUILDING, MANCHESTER SCIENCE PARK, M15 6GZ
In this day of conversation and discussion, we invite you to join clinical practitioners, academics, artists and those with profound personal experiences of end-of-life care, to explore the emotions and ethical dilemmas that they have to address when confronting death head-on.
10.30 – 11.30: Panel 1 – Turning off the Machine: This panel will explore questions around authority, autonomy and decision-making at the end of life, considering the roles of clinical staff, family members and the dying person themselves.
CHAIR: Prof. Rebecca Bennett: Professor in Bioethics and Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students, University of Manchester
- Jonathan Bannard Smith: Consultant Critical Care & Anaesthesia, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
- Jacqueline Bouts: Managing Director Xenia Hospice and the founder/manager of the GewoonWonen Foundation.
- Sarah Shipton: Advanced Nurse Practitioner Supportive and Palliative Care
- Jon Williams: Organ Donation Ambassador
- Simon Smith: Organ Donation Ambassador
11.45 – 12.45: Panel 2 – The Sanctity of Life: This panel explores new approaches to the sacred inside and outside clinical settings: At the end of life, many people feel a strong need to reaffirm the sanctity of life, but what does this mean to people, and how do they express it, in an increasingly secular society? How can these feelings find a place in the context of a busy, clinical setting?
Chair: Tim Harrison
- Siddiq Diwan: Chaplain at Central Manchester & Manchester Children’s Foundation Trust
- Scott Turnbull: Former Funeral Director, Artist
- Joanna Rosenfeld: Artist
13.30 – 14.30: Panel 3 – Elephants in the Room: With the rise of Death Cafés and the Death Positive movement, along with a host of documentaries and theatre performances that confront the end of life head-on, are we really getting better at talking about death or is it still something we avoid?
Chair: Tim Harrison
- Debbie Jones: Funeral Celebrant
- Lumnije Mustafa: Specialist Nurse, Organ Donation
- David Harradine (Fevered Sleep) Artist
- Richard Gregory (Quarantine) Artist
14.45 – 15.45: Panel 4 – Death & Inequalities: The life expectancy of people living in parts of Manchester is up to twelve years lower than other areas, the starkest of reminders of the way in which social and economic conditions affect our lives, and our deaths. Whilst we consider care for the dying to be of the utmost importance, how is the provision of care provided influenced by inequalities, not only within our own communities but globally?
Chair: Prof. Anthony Redmond: Professor Emeritus Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
- John Troyer: Director, Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
- Jude Holt: Education Manager, St Ann’s Hospice, Manchester
- Aneez Esmail: Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester