Trust Scientific Meeting: "Waiting Times: an exploration and update"
What does it mean to wait now? What does it mean to care now?
None of us want to wait for healthcare. We need
healthcare when we feel unwell, or anxious, or are pain. Waiting, in these
situations, can feel like an agony or as if no-one cares. Yet many health
practices involve waiting: from the ‘watchful waiting’ that a GP may use in
order to work out what is really wrong, to the slow time of psychotherapy for
mental health difficulties, to the waiting that is an integral part of care at
the end of our lives. With the wider crisis in care work, the waiting time
needed for care is also under threat.
Waiting Times is a five-year inter-disciplinary Medical Humanities project led by the University of Exeter and Birkbeck, University of London, developing a critical, historical, and culturally relevant response to these questions about waiting and care.
Researchers from the Waiting Times team will talk about developments both within their collaboration with the Tavistock Clinic and in the project as a whole. This will include work they have been doing on questions of holding in times of crisis; waiting and war; the temporalities of psychic change; chronicity and urgency in the health service currently and historically; and waiting in the ‘end times’, both at the end of life, and under conditions in which the future has become increasingly destabilized.
Contributors: Professor Laura Salisbury, University of Exeter; Professor Lisa Baraitser, Birkbeck, University of London, Dr Raluca Soreanu, University of Essex; Dr Michael Flexer, University of Exeter; and Dr Jocelyn Catty, Tavistock Clinic.