Spiritual Care Conference: 25 October 2018

Thursday 25th October 2018
Tudor Hotel, Airdrie

Can Spiritual Care Support Realistic Medicine in Practice?

(Often a patient’s distress is created by the situation they may find themselves in, rather than by the symptoms of the illness)

Support in times of crisis – People from every belief and faith community or life stance need support systems, especially in times of crisis. They face ultimate questions about life and death. They search for meaning in the experience of illness. They look for help to cope with their illness and with suffering, loss, loneliness, anxiety, uncertainty, impairment, despair, anger and guilt. They consider ethical dilemmas which advancing technology and heightened expectations generate at the beginning and end of life. They address in depth, perhaps for the first time, the meaning of life.

Listening – By listening to an often silent cry for help, those providing spiritual care for patients, carers and staff allow people to explore their innermost feelings and ask the most difficult questions about suffering, illness and death. By listening to their doubts, anxieties and fears those in need may be helped to find peace of mind.

The slides for each talk are available to view by clicking on the title of the presentation.
View the conference report here.

09.30 – 10.00 Registration & Refreshments
10.00 – 10.05 Chair person – AM


Dr Catriona Ross

Palliative medicine Consultant NHSL

10.05 – 10.35 Why is Communication a Barrier to Realistic Medicine?


George Beuken,

Head of Pastoral Care & Education, SAH

10.35 – 11.05 Realistic Medicine in Practice – Palliative Care at the Front Door Dr Karen Harvie

Palliative Medicine Consultant, NHSL

11.05 – 11.30 Refreshments/ Graffiti Board All
11.30 – 12.00 The Role of Spiritual Care in Hospital Anticipatory Care Planning Prof Robin Taylor, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, NHSL
12.00 – 12.30 Spiritual Care and ‘What Matters To You’ – two sides of the same person-centred coin? Dr Juliet Spiller,

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch/ Graffiti Board

Chair Person – PM


Joy Farquharson,

Deputy C.E.O. SAH

13.30 – 14.30 “Hello my name is” (stage play) Pluto Productions
14.30 – 15.00 The legacy of Dr Kate Granger Chris Pointon
15.00 – 15.10 Comfort Break


15.10 – 15.30 Transition Loss: The experience of the terminally ill patient 


George Beuken

Head of Pastoral Care & Education, SAH

15.30 – 16.00 Brief Engagement and Acceptance Coaching in Community and Hospice Settings: applying Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in Transition to Palliative Care


Dr David Gillanders

Academic Director,
Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology,
University of Edinburgh

16.00 – 16.30 Plenary Prof Craig White, Divisional Clinical Lead,

Healthcare Quality and Improvement Directorate, Planning & Quality Division,| DG Health and Social Care, Scottish Government