Let's talk - Treat or not?

The challenges of withholding and withdrawing

Date: 15 March 2018

Location: Torquay

Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM

An invitation from the BMA to doctors (and medical students) from all branches of practice in Torquay (non-BMA members are welcome).

Light refreshments from 19:00 with Dr Paul Clark, MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, DFFP, DCH, DRCOG, Dip Pall Med, Cert Med Ed., Specialty Palliative Care Doctor and Dr Sarah Human, Palliative Care Consultant, at Rowcroft Hospice, Torquay.


About the seminar

The presenters will explore decision-making regarding the withholding and withdrawal of treatments in advanced illness:

  • What makes doctors feel uncomfortable?
  • Is there a scale of difficulty?
  • What does the law say and is it helpful?

They will introduce some brief case studies to challenge the audience and to generate discussion.

This will be a great opportunity to hear from experts in palliative care, to ask questions and to contribute to informal discussion with colleagues from different branches of practice.

There is no charge for this event. Registration is essential and should be considered a firm commitment to attend.


About the presenters

Dr Clark began working as a GP with Special Interest at Rowcroft Hospice in 2004 and subsequently decided to specialise in Palliative Care. He has been teaching Palliative Medicine to undergraduate and postgraduate medics and allied health care professionals for over 10 years and facilitates Advanced Communication Skills training for three Devon Hospices. As a member of the Ethics Committee for the Association of Palliative Medicine (APM) he is interested in the practical and ethical challenges in Clinical Practice and in educational interaction and debate.

Dr Sarah Human began her medical career as a GP but decided to specialise in Palliative Medicine after spending a year working as a hospice ward doctor. She became a Consultant at Rowcroft Hospice in 2007 and works primarily in the community setting. Sarah enjoys teaching Palliative Medicine and supporting junior doctors in training at the hospice. She has an interest in ethico-legal issues in palliative care and how we manage these on a day to day basis in clinical practice.

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This is a free event for all doctors and medical students in Torquay. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Madison Suite<br/>The Carlton Hotel <br/>Falkland Road <br/>Torquay <br/>TQ2 5JJ


Madison Suite
The Carlton Hotel
Falkland Road



Elaine Pavelle, BMA Local Organiser (SW)

Email: [email protected]

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