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Read more about the speakers and topics being discussed at our Care & Innovation conference.

Nigel Hartley
Chief Executive Officer, Earl Mountbatten Hospice

Nigel has worked in End-of-Life Care for almost 30 years; between 2003 and 2015 as Director of Supportive Care at the St Christopher’s Group, London where he was responsible for transforming day and outpatient services, developing volunteers and also leading on Community Engagement. He previously held posts at London Lighthouse, a Centre for those living with HIV/AIDS, and also at Sir Michael Sobell House, a large Hospice in Oxford. He has a postgraduate qualification in management from Ashridge Business School, England and has an international reputation as a teacher and lecturer.

Nigel is an experienced published writer having authored numerous articles, chapters and books. His latest book, ‘End of Life Care – a guide for therapists, artists and arts therapists’, was published by Jessica Kingsley Publications in 2014. Nigel also sits on the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Mortality’ – which promotes the interdisciplinary study of death and dying. In 2015, Nigel took up the position of Chief Executive Officer at Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight.

Professor David Clark, OBE, FAcSS
Wellcome Trust Investigator
University of Glasgow

Title of talk: The longer history of hospice and palliative care and its relevance today

In this talk Professor David Clark will explain how new ideas about care at the end of life grew out of the social and demographic changes of the 19th century. He will examine the institutional and professional consequences that followed and how, in the 20th century, hospice and palliative care gained recognition and support. Now, in the 21st century we face a new set of possibilities and challenges. Fifty years on from the opening of St Christopher’s, what future can we see for ‘hospice’ and its place in the wider society?


Chris Pointon
Husband of Dr Kate Granger MBE and co-founder of #hellomynameis

Title of talk: #hellomynameis – The Legacy of Dr Kate Granger MBE ‘Through Adversity comes Legacy’

This is a very personal, inspiring and heart-warming session that will leave you inspired, reflective and overall in awe of such an amazing individual that we were blessed to have as part of healthcare across the world. My inspiring wife Dr Kate Granger MBE along with myself came up with a global campaign that was to revolutionise patient care across both UK and global healthcare.  This session will take you on a journey from the conception of #hellomynameis which was born out of a bad patient experience (which I will talk all about) to how it now fits within global healthcare and how Kate’s legacy continues through the work I do and the numerous accolades named after her. I will talk about the background to my inspiring wife and her illness prior to #hellomynameis and what the ongoing support will mean to staff and patients alike in all healthcare settings. Throughout the evolution of #hellomynameis we focus on patient care being at the forefront of what we do along with making interactions on any level and in any setting more of a human connection as this is the first rung on the ladder of communication.  The practicalities of what this involves are fairly straight forward however it can lead to a much more therapeutic relationship. A very inspiring journey proving that through adversity you can create a legacy.

Dr Ros Taylor MBE
Hospice UK Associate

Title of talk: Hospice Care - the future?

Palliative care is at a turning point 50 years after the first hospice was founded by Dame Cicely Saunders in 1967. The need is great and growing and yet hospices are still predominantly caring for people with a medical model in the last weeks of life and still predominantly cancer. 

For hospices to thrive, there needs to be radical change, new models, new partnerships and new thinking. Ros Taylor will focus on some of the innovations that are beginning to flourish around the UK

Professor Mari Lloyd-Williams
University of Liverpool

Title of talk: Depression and Dignity at the end of life - what have we learnt in the last 50 years

"It's another's kept me in this world!"


Maureen, Patient