Dear Friends & Colleagues
The Annual Judy Dale Lecture
Advance Care Planning: Moral Compulsion or Ethical Mine Field?
by Professor Derek Willis MBChb (Hons) FRCP, Medical Director at Severn Hospice
Thursday 24 May, 5.15 for 5.30pm start, University of Worcester Riverside Building, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN
It gives us great pleasure to invite you and your guest to the fourth Annual Judy Dale Lecture, delivered this year by Professor Derek Willis. The lecture will take place at 5.15 for 5.30pm start on Thursday 24 May, at the University of Worcester Riverside Building, and is entitled “Advance Care Planning: Moral Compulsion or Ethical Mine Field?” The lecture will be followed by a reception to which you are also warmly invited.
In 2014, the University of Worcester launched the Centre for Palliative Care with a lecture presented by Dr Judy Dale. Dr Dale was the first Worcestershire NHS consultant in palliative medicine, driving the philosophy of palliative care across South Worcestershire to improve the quality of care given to all dying patients and those important to them. The success of this lecture has been the catalyst for further annual events and we have introduced an annual lecture in Dr Dale’s name.
This year the lecture will be delivered by Professor Derek Willis. Professor Willis is Medical Director at Severn Hospice (Shropshire and Mid-Wales), and Honorary Chair in Bioethics and Palliative Care at the University of Chester. He is both General Practice and Physician-trained and teaches medical ethics at several universities. Professor Willis is an academic representative for the West Midlands Collaboration Actioning Research in End of life and Supportive care (WMCares) and Treasurer of the Association of Palliative Medicine (APM). At present he is working in partnership with the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and Muscular Dystrophy UK to explore palliative medicine provision for adult patients with muscular dystrophies.
According to Professor Willis, Advance Care Planning has become the new ‘good’ of palliative care, in that it invites patients to state their preferences for care at the end of life. Professor Willis will discuss whether healthcare practitioners are morally required to carry this out, or whether it is ethically unclear. This lecture seeks to define the ‘good’ aspects behind Advance Care Planning and what this means for both healthcare professionals and patients.
We do hope you are able to join us.
With best wishes
Professor David Green
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Worcester
St. Richard’s Hospice