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Flourishing in Adversity: A Lamp in the Darkness

Human Values in Healthcare Forum

Monday, 2 June 2014 from 09:00 to 17:00 (PDT)

Flourishing in Adversity: A Lamp in the Darkness

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee
General Admission Ended £95.00 £0.00
Discount for HVHF members Ended £85.00 £0.00

Event Details


logoFlourishing in Adversity: 

A Lamp in the Darkness 

A multidisciplinary conference hosted by the Human Values in Healthcare Forum 

Finding zest for life in difficult times    

How can we lead the ‘the good life’ as healthcare practitioners, patients or citizens? And what does ‘the Good’ mean in this neo-liberal age dominated by austerity, inequality and consumerism?

You will be invited to consider thought provoking alternatives – from ancient wisdom to modern science – to the ways we can flourish in the 21st century.

There will be the opportunity to reflect upon and discuss challenging questions set by the speakers in
small facilitated groups.

In this conference we are fortunate to have internationally renowned visionary speakers who will offer a
rich and multifaceted view of flourishing and guide us on how we can develop and cultivate wellbeing in
our lives and communities.


MARK VERNON, journalist, philosopher and author of Wellbeing and The Good Life

OLIVER JAMES, psychologist and author of bestselling Affluenza, Britain on the Couch and Contented Dementia

HAZEL STUTELEY OBE, community champion and National Executive, NHS Alliance

DR TIM DARTINGTON, author of Managing Vulnerability – the Underlying Dynamics of Systems of Care 

ANYA DE LONGH,  Patient Leader 

VALERIE ILES, thought leader and author of Why Reforming the NHS Doesn’t Work 

PETER TOON, General Practitioner

This conference is partnered with the Think about Health Network residential conference Flourishing in Difficult Times June 19th- 20th at the Woodbrooke Study Centre, Birmingham.

For more information, contact the HVHF Administrator at 

Event Programme  

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee. 

9:00 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction 

Dr Paquita de Zulueta, Chair, Human Values in Healthcare Forum 

9:10 Mark Vernon: Flourishing - Suggestions from philosophy

9:50 Oliver James: Flourishing: a Psychologist’s Perspective 

10:30 Hazel Stuteley OBE: From Isolation to Transformation 

11:10 - 11:40 Coffee 

11:40 - 12:20 Dr Tim Dartington - From Depression to Action  

12:20 – 12:45  Question and Answer session with Panel of Speakers 


13:45 – 14:45 Dr Peter Toon and Anya de Longh: Flourishing as Patients and Professionals. 

14:45 – 16:15 Facilitated groups reflecting on key questions raised by the speakers.  

16:15 – 17:00 Plenary session led by Valerie Iles. 

                    Reflection on the key themes of the day. 

17:00 Close of conference. 

 We very much look forward to seeing you there! 

Do you have questions about Flourishing in Adversity: A Lamp in the Darkness? Contact Human Values in Healthcare Forum

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