THE PATIENT- Examining Realities – 5th Global Meeting
September 5 - September 7| £295
5th Global Conference: The Health Project
Call for Presentations 2016
Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
For the patient’s position in the therapeutic relationship to be reconfigured, perhaps the healthcare professional’s position needs to be likewise explored and reconsidered. For patienthood to be compatible with personhood, professionalism too may need to be compatible with personhood.
(Peter Bray and Teresa Casa, Beyond Diagnosis, 2014)
The Patient project is actively supported by people across the globe who are involved in patient care either as patients or patients-in-waiting, as practitioners or academics. This project challenges the academy and the institution, governments and the communities that they serve, to maintain high level health service provisions and practices that place the patient at their centre. Thus it hopes to positively respond to assumptions that the patient’s position is liminal and dependent in nature by celebrating the significance of human contact, caring, and creativity in collaboration. It provides opportunities for first-hand accounts of patient experiences, to examine what patienthood means to human beings, and to discuss what makes it infinitely more bearable.
Through its research and publications, and from a number of health and therapeutic care perspectives, this project began by characterising the patient as a liminal figure in an unstable landscape. As a result the project began to explore the positioning of patients, families and institutions, helping professionals and clinicians, the nature of practice and the significance of theory in terms of: quality of care; professional and personal expectations; reluctance and resistance; institutional and individual needs; and, the value and role of education.
In this next phase of the project’s life, whilst we will continue to explore patient experiences, we would like to encourage presentations that identify what works – examples of cutting edge practices that are underpinned by developing theory. Consequently, this project invites the presentation of therapeutic approaches, roles, skills, and conditions of relationship that enhance agency, examine creative partnerships, and assist in mutually agreeable outcomes. Often the practice of these approaches is narrowly defined in terms of the curative benefits to the patient or client. However, the project will add to the scope of previous discussions by capturing and examining the myriad roles that good theory, practice and service play in assisting client groups of all types toward the achievement of their goals.
Therefore, the project invites individuals and groups from all backgrounds, disciplines, professions, and vocations to come together in dialogical partnerships to explore the essential characteristics of this question and engage in activities that enhance current understanding, generate new ways of looking at ‘the patient’ and inform future policies, practice, and caring.
For further information, please visit the project website: