Annual Stephen Hawking MND Lecture – Planning ahead of effective person-centred care.

Advance Care Planning what you need to know, and how to put it into practice.

Event type: Fully virtual

The ability to support patients with planning ahead is key to all health disciplines. Knowing when and how to best explore aspects of future care, which can often include difficult and very personal decisions, presents a clear challenge for professionals and their practice.

Effective advance care planning is the important theme of the prestigious Annual Stephen Hawking MND Lecture 2023 which is being organised by the MND Association and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

The lecture was led by Professor Bee Wee CBE. Bee was National Clinical Director for Palliative and End of Life Care, NHS England from 2013 – 2023.

Bee is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sobell House and Katharine House Hospice, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Professor at University of Oxford, where she is also a Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She is a Non Executive Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

This year’s event explored good advance care planning for people living with MND and its positive impact for the patient and for care. Professor Wee gave practical examples of how professionals can advance care planning in their own environment to ensure patient centred care and outline emergent practice. Although the lecture focussed on MND much of the content will be applicable to many other conditions in which advance care planning is key.

The online event was chaired by RCSLT Chair Dr Sean Pert, Chair of Board of Trustees, RCSLT.

The lecture is suitable for all health and social care professionals and members of the public with an interest in MND.