Oxford Advanced Course
Thu 11 Jul, 2019
To:Fri 12 Jul, 2019


The Oxford Advanced Pain and Symptom Management Course – Oxford

Thanks to Dr Maddocks who will be speaking about rehabilitation in palliative care at the Oxford Advanced Courses. You may wish to read this article by Dr Maddocks and colleagues ’Disability in activities of daily living among adults with cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis’.

This course is amongst the UK’s leading courses for palliative care nurses, pharmacists, doctors and AHPs. For 30 years it has delivered cutting edge knowledge and skills to healthcare practitioners so they can provide their patients with the best possible care. Organisations get value for money as the course delivers high standards of professional knowledge, is educationally sound allowing staff time for discussion and supports staff in setting educational goals following the course. HEE and the Specialty Advisory Committee have designated this course a recommended course. Any profits generated are ploughed back into education - we are a charity.

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Location: Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Educational Credits: 12 CPD points - awarded


Lecture Room 2
Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road

Google Maps link for driving instructions


Sarah Charlesworth Senior Clinical Writer (Palliative Care), Pharmaceutical Press
Sarah is the senior clinical writer for palliative care at Pharmaceutical Press, which is the publishing arm of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She has been involved as the senior pharmacist editor for the Palliative Care Formulary since 2000, working for palliativedrugs.com at Hayward House Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Sarah is primarily responsible for several specific PCF sections, including CSCI, compatibility charts, drugs via feeding tubes, and the continual updating of all the pharmaceutical information in the PCF. In addition, she is responsible for the Syringe Driver Survey Database (SDSD), News, Latest additions, Surveys and Document library on the www.palliativedrugs.com website.
She has a background in hospital clinical pharmacy and pharmacy sterile production management including active involvement in adult and paediatric nutrition teams. She has a Pharmacy Clinical Diploma and a distinction in the Postgraduate Certificate for Managing Health Services (Nottingham Trent University).

Laura Daly DCT 3 in Paediatrics and Orthodontics, Edinburgh Dental Institute
Laura graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2010 with a degree in Biomedical science. She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, graduating in 2015. She has since worked in a variety of dental specialities including community dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. During her core training, she has led a multidisciplinary regional quality improvement project focusing on mouth care for palliative care patients. Laura is now in her third year of dental core training working in paediatric dentistry.

Jo Elverson Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jo Elverson is a consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Oswald’s hospice, Newcastle. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2001. After training in General medicine in the North East, she moved to the Oxford deanery for specialist training. During this time she also completed a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Winchester.
Jo worked for 7 years as a consultant at Helen & Douglas house, a hospice for children and young adults. As medical lead for the young adult unit, she was involved in caring for patients with a range of malignant and non-malignant conditions, many of whom also had severe learning disabilities. She worked closely with her Paediatric Palliative Medicine colleagues and this experience has led to a passion for improving care for young adults with complex needs and life-limiting conditions.
Since moving to the North East in 2018, Jo led a team in a successful bid for funding to pilot a new service for young adults. She is delighted to be able to do this alongside returning to more traditional adult palliative medicine. Jo chairs the APM Transition Special Interest Forum and is on the Specialist Advisory Group for PCPLD (Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities).

Paul Howard Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
Paul Howard is a consultant in palliative medicine at Mountbatten Hospice and St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight. He trained in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and was a community based palliative medicine consultant in Berkshire before moving to the Isle of Wight in 2014. He has a strong interest in palliative therapeutics: he is the Mountbatten medicines lead, sits on the Island Medicines Optimisation and Drug Advisory Committees, is a senior editor for the Palliative Care Formulary and has supported therapeutics research through Data Safety Monitoring Committee work. He is Mountbatten’s Caldicott Guardian and has undergone training with SystmOne to support the use of this tool in promoting better integrated care and safer pharmacotherapy for patients receiving care from multiple organisations.

Matthew Maddocks Senior Lecturer and Specialist Physiotherapist Kings College London
Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, King’s College London, and specialist physiotherapist in palliative and end of life care. His research spans palliative care, rehabilitation and age-related-syndromes. He has held National Institute of Health Research post-doctoral, clinical trials and career development fellowships.

Mary Miller Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Clinical Lead for EOLC in OUH NHS Trust and Lead for Medical Education, Sobell Study Centre at 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 this post in Oxford in 1998. Mary has a strong interest in education; 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. Mary was Clinical Lead at Sobell House between 2009 and 2016. Mary now leads the end of life care project across OUH. Mary is undertaking Quality Improvement projects including one on the use of High Flow Nasal Oxygen in OUH.

Sean Parker Consultant Respiratory Physician, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Sean Parker is a consultant in Respiratory Medicine and GIM at Northumbria Healthcare NHSFT. He studied at Oxford and Newcastle and completed Respiratory training and an MD looking at airway cellular aging. He has a particular interest in airway disease and has run a specialist cough clinic for the last 10 years. Northumbria introduced one of the first services in the UK delivering non pharmacological cough suppression treatment and was involved in clinical trials of this treatment. Dr Parker has led clinical research looking at psychological factors in cough, is involved in ongoing clinical trials of novel antitussives and is a member of the British Thoracic Society specialist advisory group on cough. He also enjoys general respiratory medicine and GIM and life outside medicine.

Annina Schmid , Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Oxford
Peripheral entrapment neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome or radiculopathies are common conditions that are caused by compression of a nerve as it travels through narrow anatomical spaces. Symptoms include tingling, numbness and weakness and are classically restricted to the affected nerve territory (e.g. the hand in carpal tunnel syndrome). Some patients however develop chronic neuropathic pain, which may even spread beyond the lesion site. The exact pathophysiology underlying compression neuropathies and why a subgroup of patients develops debilitating neuropathic pain is still unknown.
My research focusses on advancing our understanding of the pathophysiology of compression neuropathies to ultimately improve management of these patients.

Andrew Wilcock Reader in Palliative Medicine and Medical Oncology University of Nottingham and Honorary Consultant Physician, NUH NHS Trust
Andrew Wilcock did a DM thesis on the measurement and treatment of breathlessness in patients with cancer. Carries out research particularly in pain, breathlessness and cachexia. Palliative care prescribing advisor to the British National Formulary (2002-). Editor-in-Chief of the UK and various international versions of the Palliative Care Formulary and Introducing Palliative Care. Previously Chair of the Mid-Trent Cancer Services Network Palliative Care Group, Nottingham Cancer Centre Palliative Care Group, inaugural Secretary for the Science Committee of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland and member of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Lung Cancer Guidelines Development Group. Co-owned www.palliativedrugs.com until its acquisition by Pharmaceutical Press in 2018.

Derek Willis Medical Director Severn Hospice, Shrewsbury
Derek Willis is Medical Director at Severn Hospice (Shropshire and Midwales) and an Honorary Chair at the University of Chester in Bioethics and Palliative Medicine. At present he is working in partnership with Robert Jones Agnes Hunt Hospital and Muscular Dystrophy UK to explore what palliative medicine provision should be for adult patients with Muscular Dystrophies? He has been part of a governmental review at the House of Lords concerning this.
Derek is both GP and Physician trained and has worked in New Zealand, the Midlands and the North East. He teaches Medical Ethics at three Universities and has a higher qualification as well as a research interest in the subject. He is academic rep on the WMCares research collaborative.
He is currently Treasurer of the APM and is on their Ethics Committee.

Polly Edmonds Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Clinical Director Cancer & End of Life Care, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
Polly qualified from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and was the first consultant appointed to the Palliative Care Team at King’s College Hospital in 1997. The service has now developed to one that now has a high profile across the trust and saw over 2200 patients over both the Denmark Hill and PRUH sites in 2015-16.

In addition to her clinical commitments Polly is involved in specialist training locally and nationally. She is vice-chair of the palliative medicine SAC, is working on behalf of the SAC to develop an updated curriculum in preparation for the changes anticipated with the implementation of the Shape of Training recommendations, and is a question writer and chair of the standard setting group for the specialty certificate examination.

Since 2011 Polly has been working in senior management roles at King’s (initially as an assistant medical director and now as clinical director for cancer and end of life care.) She has been the trust cancer lead clinician since 2011. Most recently she has been working across the Denmark Hill and PRUH sites to support clinical colleagues to improve cancer diagnostic pathways for patients and to improve the governance around the delivery of cancer services on the King’s sites.

Aoife Lowney Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Lead for Renal Supportive Care at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Aoife qualified from University College Cork, Ireland in 2008 and trained in Palliative Medicine in Ireland before completing a Masters in Palliative Medicine at Kings. Her research interests include the supportive and palliative care needs of patients with end stage kidney disease. She runs a Renal Supportive Care Service in Oxford. She is also the principal investigator on a study of Proactive Palliative Medicine in the acute hospital. She sits on the Clinical Ethics Advisory Group for Oxford University Hospitals. Aoife has developed the ‘Finding a Language Series’ at Christchurch College which is concerned with the interface between Creative Media and Palliative Medicine.

Course Programme

Course Aims

The course aims to provide participants with:
- Knowledge to inform and update your practice
- Knowledge that is delivered by expert speakers
- Knowledge that develops between the speakers and the audience during questions and discussions
- Resources that can be used over the following 12 months to develop and extend your learning
- Resources that will support you to bring learning back to your workplace
- Resources that will help you develop your portfolio of evidence for appraisal and revalidation
- A means of ensuring your practice is at the cutting edge
- Time for thinking, questions and reflection
- An opportunity to network with your peers

Downloadable Items

Laura Daly is speaking about ‘mouth care in medically complex patients’ at the Oxford Advanced Course in Pain and Symptom Management. This presentation will build on her poster at the ASP conference in 2018. Click here to view the poster


Listen to a free audio lecture based on a topic covered in the programme for the Oxford Advanced Courses 2018.
If you enjoy it – join us for 2019.

Click here to listen to the lecture.

Other Course Information


The team in Oxford are looking forward to the welcoming you to the 2019 Oxford Advanced Courses. The venues are booked, the programmes are completed and the speakers biographies and course timetables will be available to you in the coming 2 weeks.

Each year, with the colleagues around the country I build the programme layer by layer. I select a list of topics that are important and current keeping an eye to areas of palliative care that we have not covered for many years. Each year’s programme is unique aiming to provide the most up to date knowledge and evidence about every topic. For 2019, the speakers have been briefed about your needs and the educational ethos of the course i.e. time to reflect and ask questions.

Now, I am building the resources you will take from your two days of learning and with which you can continue learning for the coming year. In 2019 I will put together a short video of the learning points that will support you in bringing your learning back to your patients and your colleagues.

Please come back to the website – I will add add resources every two weeks

Best wishes,

Mary Miller (Chair course)

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