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Online Seminar with Dr Peter Mackereth and Felicity Warner

Running order of event 10:30am - 12:30pm:
10.30 - 10.40 Welcome by Chair
10.40 - 11.20 Dr Peter Mackereth: Cancer Care Challenges: Utilising Aromasticks 
11:20 - 11.30 Q&A with Dr Peter Mackereth
Short break
11.40 - 12.20 Felicity Warer: Sacred Oils – Working with 20 Precious Oils to Heal Spirit and Soul

This event is free for members but you must register in advance by 5pm 15th October by completing the form below:

17th October 2020 Seminar Registration Form

Dr Peter Mackereth 

About Peter

Peter has worked as a nurse in intensive care, neurology and oncology.  He is an Honorary Lecturer/Researcher at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust & Therapist St Ann’s Hospice Manchester. He has also been a Nurse Lecturer and Reader within the University setting. Peter has an MA in Medical Ethics and has completed a PhD project examining reflexology vs. relaxation training for people with MS.  He has trained in acupuncture, hypnotherapy, body psychotherapy, aromatherapy/massage and reflexology. Peter has authored a number of papers and books and speaks nationally and internationally on complementary therapies, cancer care and smoking cessation. For 15 years Peter led the Complementary Health & Wellbeing Team at The Christie in Manchester. He established and evaluated a staff therapy service and has been providing clinical supervision to nurses and therapists for over 20 years. Peter’s recent and on-going studies include; evaluating interventions for needle anxiety and phobia, fatigue, smoking cessation, peripheral neuropathy and lung cancer related breathlessness.


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Honorary Lecturer/Researcher at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust & Therapist at St Ann’s Hospice Manchester

Peter's dynamism and skill have revolutionised the complementary therapy service at Manchester's Christie hospital NHS trust - Europe's largest single-site cancer hospital. Under his leadership, the service has grown from two NHS paid workers into today's regional and national award-winning team of 27 professionals and volunteers. Thousands of cancer patients derive physical and emotional relief from the massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and relaxation techniques that Mr Mackereth has seamlessly integrated with all other cancer treatments. A former intensive care nurse with over 25 years' experience of NHS complementary therapy, he has also introduced free massages for carers and stressed-out staff. His tireless and innovative fundraising covers every social sphere. Peter’s talk will explore the professional, moral and ethical issues in clinical practice utilising the AROMA and SYMPTOM models in acute cancer and palliative care.  As an example of clinical application, he will review the rationale for the use of aromasticks, demonstrating an ‘installation' approach for specific concerns, such as insomnia and anxiety; this work will be supported by reference to research/evaluation work and case studies. 

Felicity Warner

Meet Felicity

Felicity is founder of the worldwide Soul Midwives, a pioneering movement in Holistic and Spiritual Palliative Care, Principal of The Soul Midwives School and visiting Research Fellow for the University of Winchester. She created the idea of soul midwifery for the dying after sitting with many hundreds of people at the end of life. Her pioneering work has brought a new dimension to holistic and spiritual palliative care, both in the UK and abroad (there are now soul midwives working in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and Europe). She is a respected lecturer, teacher and author of acclaimed books – Gentle Dying, A Safe Journey Home, The Soul Midwives’ Handbook and The Sacred Oils, which is used as a text book by Soul Midwives around the world and many training centres and hospitals.

She was made a visiting research fellow of The University of Winchester in 2014 and she lectures internationally and across the UK. She explains: ‘My aim is to have a Soul Midwife in every hospital, care home and hospice within the next five years in the UK.’ Her special interests are the psycho-spiritual and soul dynamics at the end of life, researching traditional folk lore and sacred ritual in the care of the dying and also introducing ways of caring for the dying with love and compassion. She was nominated for the prestigious Woman of the Year award for her campaigning and work in palliative care. She regularly speaks on end of life matters on BBC Radio including: Woman’s Hour, Beyond Belief, BBC Five Live, and numerous local Radio Stations. She also won the title of one of the Daily Mail’s ‘Inspirational Women of the Year 2017’ and named the End of Life Doula of 2017 by Good Funeral Awards.

For more information please visit: https://soulmidwives.co.uk/


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Named End of Life Care Champion of the year by The National Council for Palliative Care at the House of Lords 

Founder of Soul Midwives, a pioneering movement which began over 20 years ago with the intent to provide holistic and spiritual companions to anyone at the end of their life. ‘Midwife to the dying’ Felicity would sit and listen to the women dying of breast cancer – she was then inspired to train hundreds of others to become companions like her and has coached many people from all walks of life in her methods. Soul midwives use a sophisticated knowledge of the dying process to ease the passage and bring relief from fear and suffering. Felicity is a passionate campaigner for raising standards of care at the end of life. From volunteering in local hospices and working one-to-one with dying people in the last days of life, she developed the Gentle Dying method (now called TLC) which offers comfort when medicine has reached its limits. It can be learned and used by anyone, in any care setting, to make death a peaceful and dignified experience. These methods are now widely used in hospices, hospitals and care homes around the world. Its gentle practices have changed the face of modern holistic and spiritual palliative care in the UK and abroad. Felicity is a lecturer, teacher and author of 5 acclaimed books, and during her talk will discuss the principles and practices of her book ‘A Journey with Sacred Oils’ with guided meditation.