Annual  Conference of the Catholic Medical  Association
30th -31st July 2016.
St Mary’s University,  Twickenham TW1 4SX

Principles and Practice of Palliative Care in the Year  of Mercy

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  • Good clinical  care of the dying
  • Non specialist  palliative care
  • Palliative care in non-cancer diagnoses: needs led not prognosis driven
  • Deprivation of consciousness
  • Spiritual  care of the dying
  • Pastoral  care of doctors and nurses in the Year of Mercy
  • Care of relatives
  • The way forward after the Assisted Dying Bill

About the Conference

  • This years annual conference will look at the way in which we deliver the best palliative care.
  • What are the fundamental principles underlying palliative care?
  • The role of spiritual care
  • Issues around pain relief and deprivation of consciousness?
  • Care that values the individual
  • Care that values the patient
  • Understanding the meaning of dying
  • Ethical principles of care of the dying

Confirmed speakers include

  • Fr John O’Leary,  Private Secretary to Archbishop Vincent Nichols
  • Dr Trevor Stammers,  GP and Programme Director in the School of Art and Humanities at St Mary's University
  • Professor Patrick  Pullicino,  Professor in Neurology
  • Dr Adrian Treloar,  Consultant Psychiatrist and Specialist  in Advanced Dementia Care
  • Teresa Lynch, RGN.  Chair of Nurses Opposed to Euthanasia
  • Colin Harte, carer of Alison Davis RIP


  • Conference hallWho should attend? — All Catholic healthcare personnel & students in all healthcare professions.
    Anybody interested in the understanding the fundamental principles underlying palliative care, the relationship between science & religion and anybody sincerely searching for Truth
  • Accommodation: Available at the conference venue.
  • How to get there: Satnav to TW1 4SX.
    Train direct to Strawberry Hill station from Waterloo station. The journey takes about 35 minutes and there are usually four trains an hour. St Mary's is a five minute walk from Strawberry Hill station.
  • Bookings for the symposium: email or
  • Conference fee is £70 including lunch (£45 for chaplains, religious and lower incomes, £20 for students and special considerations etc).
  • Add extra £20 for the Annual CMA banquet in the evening (included free for student members).
  •  Cost includes Registration & Full Symposium Attendance including dinner, Lunch & Coffee/Tea break refreshments