This podcast is brought to you by SICK! Digital as part of SICK! Festival 2019, recorded at our End of Life Symposium. on 28th September 2019.

In this day of conversation and discussion, we invited audiences 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.

This first panel “Turning off the Machine” explores 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.

This session was chaired by Prof. Rebecca Bennett: Professor in Bioethics and Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students, University of Manchester. Prof, Bennet is joined by:

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

Funded by Oglesby Charitable Trust.