Fri 20 Sep, 2019


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Psychiatry Updates in Advanced Cancer and Life-limiting Illness

Found it challenging to manage concurrent psychiatric and physical issues? Struggling to find practical resources to guide you?
This course will provide clear, practical and expert approaches to the common psychiatric problems experienced by patients with concurrent advanced illness. It will focus on personality disorder, pain control in people with substance abuse, agitation and dementia in advanced disease, a desire for an early death and the psychiatric side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.

Ensuring that you stay abreast of innovative approaches and important legal changes, this course will be of benefit to doctors and specialty nurses in oncology, geriatrics and palliative medicine.

Dr Natasha Wiggins and Dr Mary Miller will chair the day. We look forward to welcoming you!

Location: Oxford Spires Hotel

Educational Credits: 6 CPD points approved


Oxford Spires Hotel, Abingdon Road, Oxford


Dr Paul Farquhar-Smith
Pain management in substance abuse & cannabis
Dr Farquhar-Smith has been working at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust since 2013 as a Pain Medicine and Anaesthetic Consultant. He has a special interest in Pain in Cancer Survivors including Persistent Post Surgical Pain and Chemotherapy Induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), and runs one of the few dedicated CIPN clinics in the country. He is a dynamic educator and is a Module Lead for UCL MSc Pain Course, was Editor of Cancer Pain section of BPS ePain project, and speaks nationally and internationally. Paul has also advised on policy and guidelines such as NICE, ICD-11, and the London Cancer Vanguard. He is on the Editorial board British Journal of Pain and Editor of Cancer Pain in Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care journal, and is a Cochrane reviewer. He is also currently section Head for Chronic Pain for the acclaimed f1000 educational website. He has an active research portfolio including studies into biomarkers for CIPN, and has published over 80 peer reviewed original articles, chapters and letters on pain, intensive care and anaesthesia.

Dr Andrew Hodgkiss
The biological psychiatry of cancer and cancer treatment
Dr Hodgkiss has had an interest in psycho-oncology since 1995. He worked as a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Cancer Centre and at The Royal Marsden Hospital. His book Biological Psychiatry of Cancer and Cancer Treatment (OUP 2016) is aimed at oncologists, palliative medicine physicians and liaison psychiatrists. He is currently an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London. Earlier in his career Dr Hodgkiss worked as Clinical Lecturer in Biological Psychiatry at the National Unit for Affective Disorders, wrote an MD thesis on the history of chronic pain (From Lesion to Metaphor, Rodopi 2000) and trained as a Lacanian psychoanalyst at the Centre for Freudian Analysis & Research.

Dr Luke Skelton
Managing Personality Disorder Alongside Advanced Disease
Luke completed his Medical Degree at the University of Sheffield and his Psychology Degree at the University of Leeds. After undertaking his foundation training in London and completing the European Certificate in Palliative Care, he spent two years working in hospital medicine whilst completing his Master’s Degree in Palliative Care at Kings College London. From here Luke started his Psychiatry specialist training at South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust where he continues to work. Luke’s longstanding interest for the interplay of physical and mental health have led him to pursue a career which supports the integration of palliative and psychiatric care. His interest in those with complex health needs led him to becoming a Winston Churchill Fellow in 2018 through which he spent a month exploring how different health carer systems offer wrap around care to support those with multiple health needs

Professor Liz Sampson
Managing dementia and delirium
Liz is a Professor in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, Division of Psychiatry, UCL. She studied medicine at the University of Birmingham and gained her MD from the Institute of Neurology at UCL. Her research focuses on epidemiology and health services research in end of life care for people with dementia and on dementia and delirium in acute hospitals. She works clinically as a consultant in Liaison Psychiatry at North Middlesex University Hospital with Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.

Dr Annabel Price MBBS BSc MRCPsych PhD Associate Specialist Director for Palliative Care, Cambridge Institute of Public Health.
Annabel trained in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London before training in General Adult, Old Age and Liaison Psychiatry on the Maudsley Hospital Rotation London. Annabel went on to be a Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Care Psychiatry. Currently Annabel is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Older People's Team, Addenbrookes Hospital and a teaching specialist in palliative care.
Her research Interests are Mental health at the end of life and The interface between mental health and assisted dying.

Course Programme

Please be advised that the programme may change:

09.00 Registration opens: tea and coffee available
09.30 Welcome and Introduction
09.45 Managing Personality Disorder Alongside Advanced Disease'
Dr Luke Skelton
10.45 Depression and a desire for a hastened death
Dr Annabel Price
12:00 Coffee
12.15 The biological psychiatry of cancer and cancer treatment
Dr Andrew Hodgkiss
13.30 Lunch
14.15 Pain management in substance abuse & Cannabis
Dr Paul Farquhar-Smith
15.15 Tea
15.30 Managing dementia and delirium
Professor Liz Sampson
16.45 Evaluations and close
17.15 End of day

Course Aims

Participants will
• feel more confident in recognising and managing depression in advanced disease
• be more aware of the role of cancer and cancer treatments in causing psychiatric issues
• increase their understanding of the management of people with dementia at the end of life
• gain confidence in managing pain in people with ongoing or a history of substance abuse
• develop a better understanding of the current legal framework of medicinal cannabis in England

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