£10 per seminar (Free for OHFT staff and OxINMAHR members)
Thursday 12th April, 10am-12 noon
Title: Integrating Spirituality within Holistic Care at End of Life
Led by: Professor Keri Thomas OBE MB.BS MRCGP DRCOG. MSc Pall Med
National Clinical Lead for the Gold Standards Framework Centre in End of Life Care

As Founder and Clinical Lead of The National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre in End of Life Care since 2000 and Hon Professor EOLC University Birmingham, Keri is regarded internationally as an expert in improving care for people in the last years of life in all settings. Working as a GP and in hospices for over 30 years, she developed GSF for primary care (2000), mainstreamed and used by every UK GP practice at bronze/foundation level since 2004, and later GSF programmes for care homes (2004), hospitals (2008) , domiciliary care, prisons ,cross-boundary care and others, along with recognised GSF accreditation with the Quality Hallmark Award . The GSF Centre, a voluntary sector not-for-profit organization, enables generalists in all settings and is now the UK’s leading provider of end-of-life care quality improvement training.

Formerly National Clinical Lead in Palliative Care (generalist) for the Department of Health End-of-Life Care Programme and RCGP EOLC Clinical Expert for 6 years , she also was a founder member of ACPEL, the International Society for Advance Care Planning in EOLC and co-editor of the newly updated OUP book ‘ Advance Care Planning in End Of Life Care’, author of ‘Caring for the Dying at Home’. She lectures and writes extensively, contributes to national policy groups such as NICE, Prime Minister’s Strategy Group, All Party Parliamentary Groups etc ,and in 2017 was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to end-of-life care and the 2017 Royal College of GPs’ President’s Medal for services in EOLC in primary care . Her greatest achievement, however, is as wife and mother of five children.

Thursday 3rd May, 16:00 - 18:00
Title: Keeping Faith: Psycho-spiritual Care and Pastoral Practice
Led by: Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg MA
Senior Rabbi, Masorti Judaism

Jonathan Wittenberg was born in Glasgow to a German Jewish refugee family. After reading English at Cambridge and teacher training at Goldsmiths, he studied for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College, London, and in Israel, following family tradition. He was appointed Rabbi of the New North London Masorti Synagogue in 1987 and Senior Rabbi of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues UK in 2008. He is a President of the Council of Christians and Jews and a member of the Council of Imams and Rabbis. He is a co-founder of Eco-Synagogue and deeply engaged in environmental issues. He is closely involved in supporting refugees. Further interests include pastoral work, hospice care, and literature, especially poetry. He teaches and speaks widely, including on Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day. His publications include The Eternal Journey: Meditations on the Jewish Year (2001); The Silence of Dark Water: An Inner Journey (2008); Walking with the Light (2013); My Dear Ones: One family and The Final Solution (2016) and most recently Things my dog has taught me – about being a better human. He is married to Nicola Solomon; they have three children and a dog. He loves plants, animals, people, and woodland and mountain walks.

Thursday 24th May, 16:00 - 18:00
Title: Interconnectedness: Reflections on trans-species spirituality in care practice 
Led by: Dr Jane Fossey BSc MSc DPsych CPsychol AFBPS
Associate Director of Psychological Services Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Jane Fossey is Associate Director or Psychological Services in Oxford Health NHSFT, honorary research fellow at Dept. Psychiatry, University of Oxford and visiting Professor at OxINMAHR. Jane trained as a Clinical Psychologist and completed a Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Public works on the reciprocity of turning knowledge into practice.  Jane has had a long standing interest in working alongside animals and with involvement in nature to support clinical care for people with a range of health conditions. Jane has worked with her own dogs in clinical practice, led qualitative research in understanding experiences of people in including animals in care homes and was involved in the development and delivery of training in Animal Assisted Interventions nationally and in Spain and Portugal. She currently supports a course at Oxfordshire Recovery College on the benefit of pets and has a continuing interest in how our relationship to other species affects our sense of self, identity and meets our spiritual needs.

Wednesday 13th June, 10am-12 noon
Title: Why are doctors so miserable?
Led by: Professor Clare Gerada MBE FRCP FRCGP FRCPsych

Senior Partner Hurley Group, Medical Director PHP, National Medical Director GPH

Clare studied medicine at University College London, qualifying in 1982. She trained in medicine, then psychiatry and then followed her father’s footsteps and became a general practitioner in South London, where she has stayed ever since, just about to celebrate her 25th anniversary at the practice.


Clare has held a number of national roles, including, Senior Policy Advisor Department of Health, Drugs and Alcohol. Director of RCGP Substance Misuse Use Unit & was Chair of RCGP National Expert Group on Substance Misuse. In both of these roles, Clare provided national leadership in substance misuse, developing the RCGP Certificate in Substance Misuse and supporting the creation of shared care working across England. Clare is the NHS PHP and NHS GPH Medical Director and established PHP. In 2008, she won the contract to run the Practitioner Health Programme (, which is a pioneering programme providing confidential services to doctors and dentists with mental health or addiction problems.

All the Seminars will be held in

Warneford Sanctuary (Chapel), Warneford Ln,

Oxford OX3 7JX.

Please book your place via our online booking page.