Culturally Sensitive Palliative Care: meeting the needs of gender and sexual minorities
This study day is aimed at nurses, doctors, complementary therapists, chaplains, counsellors, social workers, psychologists and others working in palliative, end-of-life, or bereavement care.
Location: Churchill Hospital
Sobell House Study Centre
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Lecturer in Palliative Care
Claude Chidiac is a Lecturer in Palliative Care at Saint Francis Hospice, and is the founder and Course Director of Palliative and End of Life Care at London South Bank University. He has held a variety of clinical roles in the acute sector, hospice, and community settings. His current work focusses on improving palliative care provision for marginalised populations, with a specific emphasis on gender and sexual minorities. His current PhD explores the needs, preferences, and experiences of LGBT people with dementia, and their partners at the end of life. Claude has been involved in a number of consultations to support and provide expert advice to organisations about delivering affirmative care for LGBT people nationally, and internationally. He has been appointed the clinical champion of palliative and end of life care for gender and sexual minorities at Saint Francis Hospice, and is an Executive Board Member at the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health.
Senior Specialist Nurse
Bridget Taylor has worked at Sobell House in a variety of roles since 2004. She is currently a Senior Specialist Nurse and Team Leader for the community palliative care team. In addition to her clinical work, she was a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University for over 20 years, teaching a variety of courses on sexuality, end of life care and research methods. Her PhD research explored the experiences of sexuality and intimacy for patients and partners of patients living with a life-limiting illness. Bridget has published extensively and her co-authored Extended PLISSIT model for addressing sexuality has been widely adopted.
This programme is provisional. This is a participative day and includes group work and experiential exercises.
09:00 Registration open; coffee available
09:30 Welcome and introduction to the day
10:00 The historical and social context
10:30 Terminology and acronyms
10:45 What do we know about the needs of LGBT individuals?
11:30 Culturally sensitive palliative and end of life care for LGBT people
12:15 Meeting the healthcare needs of transgender individuals
13:30 Panel discussion: lessons learned from personal experiences
15:15 Working towards providing an LGBT-friendly service
This study day will help participants to:
- Understand some key terms and concepts related to gender and sexual minorities
- Discuss LGBT-related stressors
- Identify LGBT-specific issues and needs in palliative care
- Explore personal values, attitudes and assumptions
- Work towards applying innovative strategies to provide LGBT-friendly services