British Pain Society Philosophy and Ethics Special Interest Group Annual Meeting: Living Well Right to the End

June 26 – June 29, 2017

Cumbria, England

A residential meeting to discuss the concept of well-being and the responsibilities of pain practitioners in promoting this, focusing on the late stages of life and the potential conflict of priorities between maintaining well-being and prolonging life.

Can we as health professionals promote wellbeing only through the relief of suffering or do we also have to help people to pursue health and find happiness, fulfillment and purpose in their lives? Can we somehow enable those we care for to achieve a level of wellbeing even as they decline into terminal illness or face old age and the prospect of death? Is the control of pain and other symptoms sufficient or do we need to address ‘spiritual’ needs such as finding meaning in living and dying and facing the fear of death? How can we resolve the ethical dilemma involved in the potential conflict of priorities between maintaining well-being and prolonging life?

These and other issues will be discussed by our panel of speakers who include:

• The distinguished oncologist Professor Karol Sikora, Dean of Buckingham Medical School, speaking on ‘Living with the Uncertainty of Cancer’;

• Dr Sara Booth, Lecturer at Cambridge University on breathlessness and the characteristics of well-being;

• Kate Binnie on the use of music and song in the relief of suffering;

• Steve Johnson on Buddhism and mindfulness in hospital and hospice settings;

• Psychiatrist Dr Emmylou Rahtz on healing;

• Fr Andy Graydon who has worked with chronic pain patients and in mental health, on the concept of ‘deep acceptance’ around living and dying;

• Dr Jeremy Swayne, retired GP and Anglican priest, on ‘Coming Alive at Last’, dealing with enrichment and wholeness despite serious or even terminal illness.

The timetable is arranged to maximize audience participation in our discussions. Our meeting takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Rydal Hall in the famous English Lake District and time will be set aside for walking and exploring the lakes and fells. For further information regarding the BPS Philosophy and Ethics SIG, please visit; and about Rydal Hall:

Contact: Dr Maureen Tilford, Hon.Sec., BPS Philosophy and Ethics

Additional Information:

Dr. Maureen Tilford
(+44) 7711 746915