Nurse and Allied Health Professional Conference

Our third annual Nurse and Allied Health Professional Conference will be taking place in September 2018. The conference will bring together experts to discuss and explore Difficult Conversations surrounding a brain tumour diagnosis.

Following the success of our study days, The Brain Tumour Charity are delighted to be holding our third annual conference for nurses and allied health professionals working with adults with a brain tumour in the UK. This year's location is The University of Birmingham and the theme of the day is difficult conversations.

Find out more about the agenda and speakers

This CPD accredited event will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from expert speakers on topics that are crucial to the care of those affected by brain tumours. It will bring together the brain tumour healthcare professional community to share and develop best practice across the sector.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. This will be a great opportunity to meet and network with other healthcare professionals from across the UK.

We will provide you with a reflective paper to complete for your portfolio and a certificate of attendance.

When: Wed 19 September 2018, 08:50-17:00 BST
Where: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
Cost: £40 (Early Bird rate: £30) Student £18

Places are limited so don't miss out – sign up before 31 August 2018 to take advantage of our Early Bird Discount.

Register today

Please note: each registration must contain individual details for each attendee when booking more than one place.

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We look forward to welcoming you there!


8:50 - 9:20 Registration with tea, coffee and pastries
9:30 Welcome and introduction Sarah Lindsell - CEO of The Brain Tumour Charity
Berrie Norton - Trustee at The Brain Tumour Charity
9:45 Setting the scene: The difference a skilled conversation can make to the patient and their family from (pre)diagnosis through to EOL care Ingela Oberg - CNS at Addenbrooke's Hospital
10:25 A patient's personal experience of being diagnosed well
10:40 Break with refreshments
11:00 Living well with a brain tumour and the living well programme giving a good diagnosis in an outpatient experience. Managing patients and families Victoria Hurwitz - CNS at King's College Hospital
11:30 TBC
11:45 Panel discussion: Difficult conversations in clinic/ward environments Audrey Hopwood - CNS at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire
Anna Crofton - CNS at the Walton Centre
Nicola Peat - Physiotherapist at Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Jule Emerson - Speech and Language Therapist at The Christie
Rose Marshall - Occupational Therpist at Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Donna Gillen - Research Nurse at the QEH Birmingham
Hazel Pennington - Radiographer at The Christie
12:40 Lunch and networking
13:20 Managing expectations of the lived reality of the disease Dr Stuart Anderson - Neuropsychologist at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre
13:50 Speedy Symposium
1. Body image/sexuality/fertility
2. Fatigue Management - practical
3. Relationships and mental wellbeing
Beth McCann - CNS at University College London Hospital
Linda Jones - CEO at Salus Fatigue Foundation
Dr Helen Spoudeas - Consultant Paediatric/Adolescent Endocrinologist/Honorary Senior Lecturer
15:15 Break and refreshments
15:30 Advanced care planning and beyond Becca Riley - Advance Care Planner
16:00 Film on brain donation Claire and Graham
16:20 Five take home messages Graham
16:30 Summing up the day Berrie Norton - Trustee at The Brain Tumour Charity
16:40 End