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General Medicine for Palliative Care Physicians

This annual course complements the Oxford Advanced Pain and Symptom Management courses.

In the delivery of palliative care services, palliative medicine physicians come across patients with general medical problems in addition to palliative and end of life care problems. How good are you at dealing with these? Do you need to update your knowledge and skills in these areas?

This course addresses general medical topics with the majority of speakers drawn from outside the field of palliative medicine.

Location: St Anne's College, Oxford

Educational Credits: 10 CPD points were granted for this course in 2018


St Anne's College
56 Woodstock Road

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Mark Bignell

Stana Bojanic

Dr Victoria Bradley (co-chair)
Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Sobell House Hospice

Victoria is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine working at Sobell House Hospice. Having attended Cambridge University for Medical School, she graduated in 2009 and completed her physician training jobs in London. She then trained in specialist palliative medicine in the Thames Valley Deanery. She has been a consultant at Sobell since 2019 and works on the inpatient unit, as well as with the OUH Foundation Trust Clinical Ethics Advisory Group.

Celina Dietrich
4th year PhD student, University of East Anglia, Quadram Institute, Norwich

Celina Dietrich is a 4th year PhD student at the University of East Anglia and the Quadram Institute (Norwich, UK) where she is completing her doctoral thesis on the relationship between the gut microbiome, ageing and neurodegenerative diseases. During this time, she has presented at several meetings on this topic. Prior to her PhD, Celina earned a first-class BSc honours in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience at Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany). She was a summer guest researcher in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Cambridge University in 2015 where she met Professor Michael Hornberger who is now the Head of Medicine and Professor for Applied Dementia research at the University of East Anglia. In her work, Celina aspires to help map the healthy human gut microbiome, uncover the links between this and dementia, and contribute to the development of dietary interventions to help ease the burden of the disease.

Dr Vineeth George
Fellow at the Oxford Pleural Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Vineeth George is one of the fellows at the Oxford Pleural Unit. Vin graduated from the University of Newcastle in Australia in 2011, and has trained in the Hunter region, Canberra and Sydney. He completed his Australian Respiratory and Sleep training earlier this year and took up his current role to gain further sub-specialty experience in thoracic ultrasound, pleural intervention and clinical research. An early career researcher, his current research interest is in streamlining the diagnosis and management of malignant pleural effusions. ​

Dr David Harman
Senior Hepatology Registrar, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr David Harman is a Senior Hepatology Registrar at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. He originally graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2007. He later completed a Philosophy Doctorate, also at the University of Nottingham, which evaluated the use of non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis in a primary care setting. He moved to the Trent Valley region in 2015 to complete registrar training. This included a three month liver transplantation training programme at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Current clinical and research interests include the diagnosis and management of alcohol-related and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and detection and treatment of portal hypertension.

Dr Emily Harrop
Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care and Medical Director, Helen and Douglas House, Oxford

Emily has been a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care at Helen and Douglas House (Oxford) since 2010, and is now the Medical Director. She is also an Honorary Consultant at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she is a member of the clinical ethics advisory group.  She undertook her specialist palliative medicine training at Great Ormond Street Hospital; before this she completed a PhD in Neuroscience (Infant Pain) and some post graduate training in paediatric clinical pharmacology. Her other roles include: Secretary of the Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPM) and joint Chair of the Thames Valley Paediatric Palliative care Network (TVPCN). Emily also acted as the Deputy Chair of the NICE Clinical Guideline Development Group for End of Life Care in Babies, Children and Young People (NG61) and contributed to the associated Quality Standards (QS160). Her research interests include needle-free breakthrough pain management in the community and improving the safety issues of children with medical complexity and technology dependence.

Stella Hornby
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Clinical Lead for the Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Miss Stella Hornby is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with subspecialist interest in the management of emergency eye conditions and primary care ophthalmology. She studied at Clare College, Cambridge, has a prize-winning MD in childhood blindness in India and completed her ophthalmology training in 2003. She is the ​Clinical Lead for the Oxford Eye Hospital and lead for the Oxford University Hospitals Eye Emergency service. She has an Excellent Teacher Award from Oxford University and is the lead for GPs and other specialties for the Education Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. She is particularly known for her "down to earth" common sense approach. 

Dr Mary Miller (co-chair)
Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Clinical Lead Palliative Care Service Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Director, Oxford Centre for Education and Research in Palliative Care (OxCERPC)

Mary qualified from University College Cork, Ireland in 1988. Mary trained and worked in palliative medicine in Ireland, Sweden and the UK before starting as a consultant in palliative medicine in Oxford in 1998.
Mary has a strong interest in education; she completed a Diploma in Learning and Teaching at Oxford University 2005, was Training Programme Director and Regional Specialty Advisor (2002 – 2008) and has led the Oxford Advanced Courses in Pain and Symptom Management since 2005. Since the inception of OxCERPC in 2017, Mary and the team are focusing on building an exciting portfolio of courses, building research readiness and reaching out to practitioners across the globe.
Mary was Clinical Lead at Sobell House between 2009 and 2016. Mary now leads the end of life care project across OUH. This Quality Improvement Project is the largest in her portfolio of QIPs.

Ricky Pal
Consultant Surgeon, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ricky is a Consultant ENT Surgeon based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He has a subspecialist interest in paediatric otolaryngology. Ricky qualified at the University of Cambridge and undertook his specialist training in London, Manchester and Oxford, during which time he completed an MD investigating airway disease in mucopolysaccahridosis. Having completed his training in the UK, he undertook a fellowship in paediatric otolaryngology in Vancouver, Canada, prior to taking up his consultant post.

Charlotte Robinson
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Charlotte Robinson is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in acute care, assessing and advising on acquired communication and swallowing problems for inpatients and oncology outpatients across Oxford University Hospitals.  She qualified in speech and language therapy in 2011, and since then has worked in Oxfordshire in community and acute settings.  She is currently completing an NIHR research internship focusing on speech and language therapy in palliative care based at Sobell House, and is now Research Lead for the acute speech and language therapy team. 

Eleanor Wicks
Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead of Heart Failure and Inherited Cardiac Conditions (Cardiomyopathies), Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Eleanor is a Consultant Cardiologist, Clinical Lead for the inherited cardiac conditions services at Oxford and is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford. She has specialist interests in heart failure, multimodality imaging and in inherited and acquired cardiomyopathies including inflammatory cardiomyopathies (eg cardiac sarcoidosis and myocarditis). 
At a day-to-day level, she combines clinical leadership and service delivery with the operational management of a UK flagship, large multidisciplinary specialist team providing care to patients across the region and beyond and promotes the development and redesign of services to meet quality standards in line with national guidance and new evidence to deliver comprehensive services to meet the needs of patients. 
Eleanor previously worked at Barts Heart Centre, the Heart Hospital and University College Hospitals, London where she transitioned her PhD on inflammatory heart muscle disease (including sarcoidosis) and multimodality imaging (including PETCT and PETMR) conducted at UCL into everyday clinical practice. She trained at the University of Edinburgh from where she graduated in 2004 and completed her CCT in 2017.
Eleanor actively participates in collaborative clinical and academic research to promote accessible active research participation for all with heart failure or cardiomyopathies. She has published on a wide range of topics, is a member of the British and European Society of Cardiology and Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases Working Group and was instrumental in the setting up of the European Registry for Cardiomyopathies. She is passionate about teaching and education and hopes to transform education and training locally. ​​

Course Programme

Thursday 30 January

08:45 Registration (coffee/tea)

Chairs: Victoria Bradley and Mary Miller

09:15 Welcome

09:30 Amyloidosis, its current management and the care of patients with the condition
Eleanor Wicks

10:30 Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy as a disease, its current management and the care of patients with the condition as they move into young adulthood and need support from adult palliative care services
Emily Harrop

11.30 Coffee/tea

12.00 Skills of SALT, discuss current management of frail patients including feeding those at risk
Charlotte Robinson

13.00 Lunch

14.15 Ophthalmology
Stella Hornby

15.15 Common ENT Conditions
Ricky Pal

16:15 Break

16:30 Update on liver disease including liver transplant work
David Harman

Friday 31 January

08.45 Registration (coffee/tea)

Chairs: Victoria Bradley and Mary Miller

09.00 Opening Remarks

09:15 Pleural Disease, current research and management
Vineeth George

10:15 Discussion of implantable devices to manage pain, how to use them, what to watch out for
Stana Bojanic

11.15 Coffee/tea

11.45 Update on the relationship between the microbiome and health/disease
Celine Dietrich

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Current management of an acute abdomen, risk scores, contraindications to intervention, benefits of intervention and postoperative care
Mark Bignell

15:00 Conclusions

15:15 End

Course Aims

The course aims to refresh and build your knowledge and skills in medicine to enable you to transfer your knowledge back to your clinical care

By attending this course you will:
• Have an opportunity to enjoy learning with your colleagues
• Develop knowledge and skills to support your clinical judgments and enable discussions with your patients and those they love
• Have an opportunity to discuss with experts and your colleagues so that you can apply specialty knowledge to palliative medicine
• Be supported to bring your learning back to your organisation
• Have an opportunity to network with your peers

Key benefits include:
• A high standard of professional knowledge
• Excellent teaching
• Time for questions, discussion and building your networks
• Support to set educational goals for the coming year
• Superb value for money
• Experienced and enthusiastic administrative staff
• Focus on participants, not profit – any surplus ploughed back into education

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