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Cicely Centenary Celebrations Event Series

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Although most people in the UK will know someone who has received palliative care, whether in hospital, at home or in a hospice, not everyone is aware of the individual who pioneered this area of medicine and, in doing so, transformed the type of care that people with life-limiting conditions receive. Dame Cicely Saunders was born a century ago, on 22nd June 1918, and over the course of her life undertook a number of roles, as a nurse, medical social worker, doctor and research lead, in order to bring her vision of palliative care to realisation. 

St Christopher’s Hospice, which Cicely founded in 1967, is widely recognised as the first place to combine teaching and clinical research, pain and symptom control, and compassionate care. It was here that Cicely was able to develop the approach which was instrumental to the care provided at St Christopher’s; that patients need spiritual, emotional and social support, as well as effective pain relief, at the end of life. This emphasis on the holistic, as well as the physical, needs of patients is a model which has been adopted worldwide and continues to lie at the heart of care for the dying. 

Cicely died in 2005 at the hospice she founded, leaving behind a legacy which continues to influence the person-centred care that patients at the end of life receive. Her life’s work of improving palliative care provision and support for people with progressive illness is continued by the Cicely Saunders Institute, the first purpose-built centre combining research, education and clinical practice, and the foundation established in Cicely’s name, Cicely Saunders International.

Programme of Events

This year, to mark the centenary of Cicely’s birth and her remarkable contributions to the field of palliative care, we are curating a series of events which celebrate her life and showcase the ongoing development of palliative care, both in the UK and internationally. The Cicely Saunders Institute will host a range of lectures, seminars, workshops and other special events, bringing together the research and clinical practice spearheaded by Cicely over the course of her life. 

Cicely Centenary Celebration Event Series

Date and TimeTitle Speaker Location 

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th February 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm

New Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) two-day Clinical and Research Workshops

Various speakers, including Professor Irene Higginson, Professor of Palliative Care and Policy, King's College London / King's Health Partners; Director, Cicely Saunders Institute; Scientific Director, Cicely Saunders International

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 4pm-5pm

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US: Including people with learning disabilities

Associate Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne (RN, PhD), Associate Professor, Kingston & St. George’s University and Amanda Cresswell, Co-researcher

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Wednesday 28th March 2018, 4pm-5pm 

Hospice and Palliative Care in the USA: Policy Update and Future Challenge

Dr Pedro L Gozalo (PhD), Health Economist at Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, and Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice (Research), Brown School of Public Health, USA

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Wednesday 25th April 2018, 4pm-5pm

Examining Differences in US Hospice Care Experiences by Profit Status Using the CAHPS Hospice Survey

Marc Elliot, senior principal researcher and Distinguished Chair in Statistics at RAND

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Thursday 17th May 2018 6.30pm - 9pm

Sisters, Seagulls and Send Offs: Conversation starter event around loss, grief and bereavement 

Theatre performance by the Haylo Theatre Company  followed by a panel discussion.

Introduction by Baroness Ilora Finlay

Greenwood Theatre, Great Maze Pond SE1 9RT

Wednesday 30th May 2018, 4pm-5pm

Reciprocal Relationships and the Importance of Patient and Public Feedback in Health Research

Elspeth Mathie (MA, PhD), Senior Research Fellow at CRIPACC (Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care), University of Hertfordshire

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Thursday 21st June 2018 2pm-3pm

Show & Tell: Dame Cicely Saunders Archives, Strand Campus

Display and discussion of items from the Dame Cicely Saunders Archives with Geoff Browell, Head of King's College London Archives 

KCL Archives, The Strand WC2R 2LS 

Thursday 21st June 2018 3.15-4pm

Remembering Dame Cicely Saunders: A 3D Tribute to Patient Care

 

Photo historian and stereoscopy expert Denis Pellerin presents a lecture tribute showcasing items from the Cicely Saunders Archives at King's College London

Lecture Theatre 2, Bush House, 30 Aldwych WC2B 4GB

Wednesday 27th June 2018, 4pm-5pm

Integrating Palliative and Critical Care: Lessons from Recent Trials

J. Randall Curtis MD MPH, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, USA

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Monday 9th July 2018, 10am-4pm

Michal Galazka International Study Day: New Frontiers, New Technologies

A one-day conference presenting research from international speakers on remote monitoring in the community, the implications of new technology, including wearables, the global aspects of technology in different locations, and the opportunities for big data and outreach presented by technology.

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Tuesday 10th July 2018 5pm-6.30pm

Annual Lecture: Improving End of Life Care: lessons learnt, what now, what next?

Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE, Senior Rabbi, West London Synagogue

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Wednesday 25th July 2018, 4pm-5pm

Why missing data matter

Dr Jamilla Hussain, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, Hull York Medical School

Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

Wednesday 25th September 2018, 4pm-5pm Title available soon! Professor Louise Rose Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI
Wednesday 24th October 2018, 4pm-5pm Title available soon! Professor Kelly O'Brien Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI
Wednesday 28th November 2018, 4pm-5pm Hold the date! Speaker to be announced soon! Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, CSI

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Join in online

There will be plenty of online activity to engage with over the next 12 months. Please keep an eye on the Cicely Saunders Institute Twitter feed and the hashtag #Cicely100. We will be sharing Cicely’s most iconic quotes (#VoiceofCicely), as well as images from the ‘Light for Cicely’ installation, which was created by artist Caroline McCarthy and features contributions from family, friends and former colleagues (#LightforCicely). Key moments and photographs from Cicely’s life will be shared by Cicely Saunders International on Twitter (#CicelysLegacy). We will also be exploring materials from the archive, including her personal writings, photographs and recordings, on our Instagram account. 

If you have a memory or experience of Cicely that you would like to share, please feel free to post on Twitter using the hashtag #Cicely100 or email us at katie.witcombe@kcl.ac.uk so that we can create an online scrapbook of recollections and personal anecdotes.

 

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