One Day Conference March 24th: Patients’ Experience and Expectations Following Major Illness or Injury

When: Tuesday 24th March, 10am-4.30pm

Where: The King’s Fund, London, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN
Most people at some stage in their lives have the experience of recovering from a recoveryserious illness or injury. The phrase ‘getting back to normal’ is often used to describe the progress or extent of recovery and carries with it social expectation that people will recover and that this will straightforward. Narrative accounts of illness suggest that the recovery may be more complex than this phrase suggests yet surprisingly little research has examined patients’ experiences of this process.

This one day conference will be held on Tuesday 24th March 2015, 10am-4.30pm at The King’s Fund, central London.  The conference will discuss findings from the ESRC funded study ‘Getting Back to Normal? Patients’ Experience and Expectations Following Major Illness or Injury’ conducted by Professor Hilary Thomas and Elaine McNeilly (University of Hertfordshire) and Dr Sarah Earthy and Judith Sleney (University of Surrey).

Speakers include:

  • Dame Jenni Murray, broadcaster and journalist
  • Neil Churchill, Director for Patient Experience, NHS England
  • Professor Stephen Brett, President of the Intensive Care Society


For more details and to register for the event, go to
For more information, please email Elaine McNeilly

Project webpage:

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