Patients in a Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness - diagnosis and management

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Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness: Clinical Decision Making

Who this event is for

  • Everyone
  • Public
  • Ticket only


3.06, JHB, Headington Campus


Short statement:

This interactive and practical seminar by four UK experts in prolonged disorders of consciousness will teach doctors how to manage this group of patients clinically, legally and ethically.

What will you learn:

This seminar will discuss the starting or stopping of treatments that sustain life, especially gastrostomy feeding in people who are in a prolonged disorder of consciousness and those challenges posed to the healthcare team. It will cover how to manage clinical uncertainty, how to establish best interests, and the inter-relationship between clinical, ethical and legal considerations. It will give those attending a good foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding to manage these situations more appropriately.


It is intended to be an interactive seminar, with at least 50% of the time devoted to discussion involving the attendees and the five experts.

There will be four major parts to the seminar, but discussion may touch on any and all matters at any time:

 - Neurological diagnosis, and clinical assessment

 - Treatment and prognosis

 - Establishing the patient’s perspective, and family involvement

 - Deciding best interests.

Expert Panel:

The seminar will be given by five experts who have been closely involved in the issues for many years, and who cover a range of perspectives. These are:

 - Professor Lynne Turner Stokes led the work on the 2013  National Clinical Guideline;

 - Professor Jenny Kitzinger was a member of the working party for the guideline and has much personal and research experience, focused on family matters especially;

 - Professor Celia Kitzinger has also undertaken much research into and teaching about the wider clinical, family and social aspects of this situation;

 - Dr Andrew Hanrahan is the Lead Consultant for the Brain Injury Service at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Putney, the long-standing leading UK hospital for patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness;

 - Professor Derick Wade has been involved clinically and in research since 1995.


This study day is acredited by the Royal College of Physicians for 6 CPD  hours 

Payment via invoice:

Please contact The CPD Unit ( to pay by invoice. Kind regards.

For further information, please contact:

Kim Chapman

CTU Operations Manager, Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS)