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Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Health Care Workshop

Location: Dunadry Hotel and Gardens, Dunadry, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Date: Wednesday 29 May – Thursday 30 May


For the last 25 years, Dr Harvey Chochinov’s program of research has earned him recognition as one of the world’s leading palliative care scholars and researchers. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba.

His seminal publications addressing psychosocial dimensions of palliation have helped define core competencies and standards of upholding dignity in end-of-life care.

Designed to enhance the human side of healthcare, this workshop focuses on the role and application of dignity in all aspects of clinical practice. The workshop will examine Dr Chochinov’s research in relation to dignity related challenges in care and will provide a detailed look at the clinical application of Dignity Therapy. The workshop aims to expand professionals’ ability to care for patients as people and broaden the community of like-minded clinicians and health and social care professionals. This workshop will bring together key experts to consult on leading research and its application to clinical practice.

Dr Harvey Chochinov Biography

Dr Harvey Max Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and a Senior Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute. His research in palliative care has resulted in more than 300 career publications, broaching, broaching diverse topics such as depression, quality-of-life, suicide, vulnerability, spirituality, and existential distress. He has also led a large program of research on dignity within the healthcare setting, which includes the development and study of Dignity Therapy. He is the co-founder of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, co-editor of The Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine (Oxford University Press). His latest book is entitled Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Medicine, published by Oxford University Press. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada, and an inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Target audience

This workshop will appeal to a broad range of Health and Social Care professionals in all care settings (Primary and Secondary) who are involved in caring for people with life limiting illnesses and care of the older person. This workshop will also appeal to healthcare students.

Workshop organisers

The workshop is being organised by a Steering Group of representatives from Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster, Palliative Care In Partnership – Department of Health Strategic Planning and Performance Group, Public Health Agency, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Western Health and Social Care Trust, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC). The organisation of the workshop is being supported AIIHPC

Seminar Funders

This event is being supported by the HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Western Health and Social Care Trust, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and the Public Health Agency.

Workshop Programme

Please follow this link for a detailed programme for the workshop (link)
Also please see attached flyer for the workshop (link)

Call for Abstracts

A call for abstracts for e-posters which will be displayed during the workshop, is now open until Monday 29 April at 12 noon.   The abstract themes should relate broadly to palliative care / dignity in care and the winning poster will receive a prize.

To submit an abstract, please send text of no more than 250 words (not including title and authors’ information), which highlights the main points the presenter/s wish to communicate in relation to the abstract themes. If your abstract exceeds this length, it will not be reviewed by the panel. Please submit your abstract via email to Julia Pakula jpakula@aiihpc.org.  Following the closing date, presenters will be notified if their submission has been successful. In order to present their abstract and e-poster, presenters will need to be fully registered to attend the workshop.

Registration Details

Registration for the workshop has opened https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dignity-in-care-the-human-side-of-health-care-workshop-tickets-810169437597?aff=oddtdtcreator

The discounted ticket price and early bird rate for the seminar is £150 (available until the 19 April 2024)

The full price ticket cost is £185 (Ticket sales will close on the 24 May 2024)

Venue Details:

Dunadry Hotel and Gardens – 4* Hotels in Dunadry | Antrim Hotels | Dunadry Hotel & Gardens

The workshop has negotiated a discounted rate of £109 bed and breakfast based on single occupancy. To avail of this rate, contact the hotel and quote the name of the workshop ‘Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Medicine’ Workshop. This discounted rate will be available until the 16 April 2024

Continuing Professional Development

An application has been submitted for CPD points for medics

Palliative Care Research Forum Northern Ireland (PCRF NI) ‘Palliative Care & Psychiatry Conference’ 31 May 2024, Queen’s University Belfast

PCRF Conference Palliative Care & Psychiatry Conference’ is taking place on Friday 31 May 2024 9am – 2pm in the North Lecture Theatre, Queens University Belfast, MBC Building, Belfast

Professor Harvey Chochinov will be the keynote speaker at this conference which brings together the disciplines of palliative care and psychiatry has been organised by the palliative care research forum (PCRFNI). Further details to follow.

Registration via form (Link)  For further information please email Dr Esther Beck at: e.beck@ulster.ac.uk  and see poster (Link)