For Forthcoming News/Events see FUTURE EVENTS

29 November 2018 – Dilemmas in the Management of Complex Brain Injury, Priory Highbank Centre,  Manchester  Speakers included: Celia Kitzinger, Mathieu Culverhouse, Krystyna Walton, Andrew Bentley. (Approx. 60 health care professionals attended).  Check the link for more details:-

24 November 2018 – An open workshop was run by Celia Kitzinger on Advance Directives in Glasgow at  the Scottish Youth Theatre, 105 Brunswick St, Glasgow (50 attendees, general public). 

20 November 2018 – We talked to the Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum.  “Advance Decisions ?  What does it mean for treating / supporting your brain injured client”  Northampton. Further info  here. (Attendees: 48  brain injury professionals – mostly health and social care)

16 November 2018 – We contributed to a Schwartz round discussion with Marie Curie hospice staff about end of life care for patients in PDoCs (About 35 staff came to this discussion – reflecting on their own experiences and views).

26 October – GW4 conference on end of life care in Bristol (Audience for the conference included around 110 members of the public)

27 October – presented at  the Lancet Commission “Value of Death” event (talking with 18 colleagues from across different disciplines and jurisdictions)

11 October – presented at the Holy Cross Hospital event consensus meeting on physical management and the care of people with prolonged disorders of consciousness. Conference attendees consisted of around 80 healthcare professionals working in neuro-rehab

28 September  – Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings and Dr Geraldine Latchem-Hastings spoke at @ at the Advanced Update in Critical Care for AHPs / nurses / ACCPs / research nurses.

28 September  We launched the new CDoC resource for Allied Healthcare professionals working with patients in prolonged disorders of consciousness – see ‘Training’ section of this website.

15 Sept – Celia Kitzinger presented on ‘Conversations about Death and Dying’ at the COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh

11 Sept – Jenny Kitzinger presented a lecture on ‘Best Interests’ and life-sustaining treatment for the Cardiff University Masters in  ‘Palliative care; ethical, legal and complex challenges in adults’ (Around 80 healthcare staff – working in emergency medicine, ICU, hospices etc)

8 Sept – Publication of: Kitzinger, J & Kitzinger, C (2018) Creating Positive Change: reflecting on the significance of the recent Supreme Court judgment on feeding tubes and end of life decisions. The ESRC ‘Society Now’ Autumn 2018, Issue 32

30-31 August: following the Supreme Court judgment confirming it was not mandatory to go to Court before enacting a best interests decision to withdraw CANH from VS/MCS patients (where proper procedures had been followed and there was no doubt/dispute) – we talked extensively to journalists and contributed to newspaper and journal reports, radio and TV news discussions. As well as appearing on BBC and Channel4 TV news we contributed to the following radio programmes

 31 August 2018 Radio Interviews on Supreme Court decision

Jenny Kitzinger talks to Vanessa Feltz 

30 July 2018 -We were interviewed about the Supreme Court Judgment on: BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales

Jenny Kitzinger talks to Radio Wales about the Supreme Court judgment


Jenny Kitzinger interviewed on Radio 5 live about the Supreme Court judgment

19 July 2018  – presented to the Welsh Government PDOC Task & Finish Group (This group involved about 15 key decision-makers from across policy/practice)


18 July 2018 –  Shrewsbury: we gave a keynote at  the conference on  ‘Advance Care Planning in non-malignant disease’. (Attendees were around 60 health care professionals)

11 July 2018 –  CDoC co-organised a conference with the Independent Neurological Providers Alliance on Best Interests decision-making and life sustaining treatment – with a particular focus on the long-term care setting. Venue:  FieldFisher, Riverbank House, London. Speakers included Prof Mike Barnes, CDoC members Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Professor Celia Kitzinger, Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings and Dr Geraldine Latchem-Hastings together with key people from the British Medical Association including: Ruth Campbell  – Senior Policy Advisor in the BMA’s Medical Ethics and Human Rights Department. Dr John Chisholm CBE – Chair of the British Medical Association Medical Ethics Committee and a BMA Vice-President and Veronica English – Head of Medical Ethics and Human Rights at the British Medical Association. Participants included over 100 staff working within Independent  neurocare and rehab centres. Outline downloadable here.   


10 July – Ran a session for the Cardiff Older Feminist Network – looking at Advance Planning for loss of capacity (This group consisted of around older woman wanting to think about their own end-of-life care)


1 July – contributed to the Scarborough ‘Popping our Clogs’ festival – with a session on writing Advance Decisions (Around 40 members of the public attended this event)

25-27 June –  Dr Geraldine Latchem-Hastings attended the  COMET conference in Birmingham, presenting a poster on the development of online learning resource for pre-registration Allied Health Professional Students about prolonged disorders of consciousness. Exploring the power of collaboration with students her title was: “Healthcare students as co-producers for inter-professional education (IPE) multimedia learning resources’. This international conference focuses on the dissemination of ongoing research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics. The delegates were from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various healthcare specialties and the human and social sciences.

21 June – We presented on Best Interests decision making at the Welsh Intensive Care Society Annual Conference, Saundersfoot (Conference involved about 80 Intensive care practitioners)

11 June  – Drs Julie and Geraldine Latchem-Hastings visited the National Rehabilitation Centre for Ireland in Dublin, Republic of Ireland to launch the CDoC’s learning resource for qualified allied health professionals. They presented to 50 staff including physiotherapists, speech and language therapist, occupational therapists and clinical psychologists.

15 April 

BBC1, The Big Questions @bbcbigquestions “Is the NHS still fit for purpose?”

Celia Kitzinger spoke on why advance decisions and lasting power of attorney should be promoted in the NHS  (from 38.5 mins in)


27 March – We contributed to the ‘Accommodating Conscience Research Network’ (ACoRN) Roundtable Event University of Strathclyde. (The group consisted of 25 academics)

29 March – We presented on ‘Academic Activism’ in the method stream of the Association of Socio-Legal Studies annual conference in Bristol

9 Feb – Jenny spoke at the Royal Society of Medicine in London – the ‘Choice at the end of life: Current practice and overseas developments’ event on Feb 9th 2018. (Audience around 300 doctors) Her 10 min video can be viewed here

18 January –   

Celia Kitzinger gave the Brandon Lecture at the Leicestershire Medico-Legal Society. She spoke on ‘Refusing Life-Prolonging Treatment in Advance of Losing Capacity and her talk looked at the role of Advance Decisions in England and Wales, especially in relation to nutrition and hydration. (Attendees: about 50 lawyers and legal professionals and academics)



2 January –
Jenny Kitzinger was subject of ‘The Eddie Muir’ interview for the BBC’s current affairs programme: ‘PM’.
She spoke about personal family experience, the law about Best Interests, and the potential of Advance Decisions to refuse treatment. A shortened version of the article was published by BBC news. Podcast of radio interview available here: