July 6, 2023 - July 7, 2023

Fairness in Challenging Times in Health and Care – 2023 IME National Conference

Horizon, Leeds, LS10 1JR

How can we help academics, clinicians and our current learners sustain productive and effective working lives whilst managing the many competing demands upon resources? How can we act to mitigate the impact of the challenges we see? Which concepts matter and how will we apply them in practice? How must we act to secure the health and wellbeing of our populations in the coming decades? And can we, as individuals and as a society, live with the knowledge that with hard decisions comes risk of certain harm to some?

We will build on the theme of our very successful 2022 conference “Being Heard” by asking what fairness looks like when resources are stretched. In the ever deepening backdrop of a socioeconomic crisis, we will examine what fairness means for the NHS, its patients and our health & social care colleagues. Taking an intersectional approach, we will explore the ethical and legal considerations of justice, inclusivity and variability. With the help of esteemed speakers and contributors, we will analyse what good, safe, equitable care could and should look like in the coming years. We will ask ourselves what is necessary, what is achievable and where we should focus our best efforts to meet both individual and population need.

All this and more at ‘the UK’s friendliest conference’.

Confirmed speakers include:
Prof Chris Mounsey, University of Winchester, UK
Havi Carel, University of Bristol, UK
Felix Bongomin, Gulu University, Uganda
John Walsh, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, UK
David Bosworth, University of Sheffield, UK
Georgia Testa, University of Leeds, UK
Sharon Clint, Groundswell, UK
Dianne Addei, National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme NHS England, UK

This is a draft programme and subject to change


09.15-10.00    Registration & Coffee

10.00-10.10    Conference opens

10.10-10.55    Keynote Speaker 1 – Fairness in Healthcare – The role of the NHS – Dianne Addei, Senior Public Health Advisor, National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England

11.00-11.45  Keynote Speaker 2 – VariAbility: towards a new way of ethical understanding – Chris Mounsey, Professor of Eighteenth-Century English literature, University of Winchester

11.45-12.15    Coffee Break

12.15-13.15    Parallel Sessions 1A & 1B and Workshop 1 – Publishing in the Journal of Medical Ethics – Lucy Frith. Associate Editor

13.15-14.15    Lunch and Poster Viewing

14.15-15.15  Parallel Sessions 2A & 2B & Workshop 2 -Ethical Dilemmas: considering a multi-disciplinary approach focusing upon a complex case scenario – David Bosworth, Director of Social Work, University of Sheffield

15.30-16.15    Keynote Speaker 3 – Epistemic injustice & vulnerability in healthcare – Havi Carel, Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol

16.15-17.30   ‘Debating fairness in policy & action’ – Georgia Testa, Delegate discussion/plenary

17.30-19.00    Evening Social

This is a draft programme and subject to change


09.00-9.30    Registration and Coffee

09.30-1040.    Keynote Speaker 4 – People managing multiple disadvantages: a justice-based case for participation in health(care) – Sharon Clint, Groundswell & Rachel Thompson, University of Oxford

10.45-11.30    Keynote Speaker 5 – Ethical Dilemmas: considering a multi-disciplinary approach – David Bosworth, Director of Social Work, University of Sheffield

11.30-12.00    Coffee

12.00-13.00    Parallel Sessions 3A & 3B and Workshop 3 – Ethical Dilemmas: considering a multi-disciplinary approach focusing upon a complex case scenario – David Bosworth, Director of Social Work, University of Sheffield

13.00-14.00    Lunch

14.00-14.45    Keynote Speaker 6 – From Disparity to Equity: Building Sustainable Collaborations for Fair Authorship in Health Research – Felix Bongomin, Internal Medicine Physician & Lecturer, Gulu University, Uganda

14.50-15.35    Keynote Speaker 7 – Being fair to ourselves: hope & humanity in health & care – Mr John Walsh, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust/Leeds GP Confederation

15.45-16.00    Conference Close

Session 1A – Thursday 12.00-13.00

Give suffering a fair go
Edwin Jesudason (Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NHS Lothian, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh, UK)

The ‘CRITICAL’ study: Anticipating, Avoiding, and Addressing Best Interests Disagreements in the Adult Intensive Care Unit
Harleen Kaur Johal (PhD Candidate, University of Bristol)

The HPV vaccination gap harms vulnerable populations
Cristina Richie (lecturer, TU Delft)


Session 1B – Thursday 12.00-13.00

The Ethics of Mandatory Pre-Operative Health Optimisation Programmes
Isobel Avery-Phipps (F2 doctor, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton)

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? A cultural analysis of Quebec and Israel’s COVID-19 ICU triage protocols
My An Nguyen (Graduate Student, Université de Montréal)

Using Western bioethical methodologies to explore Chinese contexts – a good match?
Shengyu Zhao (PhD student, University of Bristol)


Session 2A – Thursday 14.00-15.30

Data ownership, rights and controls
Matimba Swana (PhD student, University Of Bristol)

Should clinicians utilise an understanding of the explanatory model for depression found in traditional Chinese medicine to diagnose British Chinese patients with depression in primary care?
Jasmine Chen (4th year medical student, University of Leeds)

The Environmental “Paradox of Prevention”
Cristina Richie (lecturer, TU Delft)


Session 2B – Thursday 14.00-15.30

Is NICE’s approach to healthcare priority-setting morally justified? An empirical ethics study
Victoria Charlton (PhD student, King’s College London)

Conscientious Objection (CO) to Abortion in UK Healthcare Practice: Is it fair?
Clare Maxwell (Senior Lecturer/Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University)

Ethical challenges faced by migrant staff in UK care homes
Kumeri Bandara (PhD Candidate, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford)


Session 3A – Friday 11.30-13.00

Time for change: challenging discrimination and eliminating bias in bioethics research methods
Kumeri Bandara (PhD Candidate, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford)

RESPOND – Resuscitation Ethics: Paramedic Onsite Decisions
Iain Campbell (Honorary Research Associate, University of Bristol)

Diagnostic uncertainty in neurology: ethical approaches to disclosure within the diagnostic journey
Caitriona Cox (Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Cambridge)


Session 3B – Friday 11.30-13.00

Pandemic countermeasures in long-term aged care facilities: Countering objectionable forms of value monism
Hojjat Soofi (Lecturer, University of Sydney)

Remote monitoring technologies and informal caregiving at a distance: New and known ethical issues
Yi Jiao (Angelina) Tian (Ph.D. Student & Research Assistant, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel)

Timing is Everything…
Lucy Yanow (Bioethics and Society MSc Postgraduate Student, King’s College London)

3rd Floor
2 Brewery Wharf
Kendall Street
LS10 1NE


Horizon is only a 7-minute walk from well-connected Leeds Central Station, allowing delegates to easily join from almost anywhere in the UK. Nearby parking is a 9-minute riverside walk away at CitiPark Leeds Dock, where there is a discounted day parking rate of £5.50. Should you wish to travel by air, Leeds Bradford Airport is a 30-minute drive away via the A65, making the event easily accessible to international delegates.

By  Train
Leeds train station is a approx 7-minute walk from Horizon Leeds – depending on how fast you walk!
Leave the station via the Marks and Spencer exit (directly in front of the exit barriers)
Turn right onto New Station Street
Walk to the end of New Station Street
Turn right onto Boar Lane
Cross Lower Briggate by Nando’s Restaurant and turn right
Continue to Bridge End
Walk over the bridge
Turn left onto Dock Street
Turn right at the entrance to Brewery Wharf (this will be on your right)
Walk to the end of the road
Horizon Leeds will be on your left and Jury’s Inn will be directly in front of you

Watch this video to help you get your bearings https://player.vimeo.com/video/135338353

The closest car park to Horizon Leeds is: CitiPark Leeds Dock – approx 9-minute walk. Tickets may be purchased in advance on their website, or through pay points on site. Electrical vehicle charging (EVC) points are available. Visit Zap Map to find more EVC points.
Blue badge parking is on Waterloo Street at the end which meets Hunslet Road.

Students – £25 for one day/£40 for 2 days

IME members – £50 for one day/£90 for 2 days (In order to get this price please ensure you log in at the top right of the booking page)

Non-members – £85 for one day/£150 for 2 days (IME Membership is only £80 for full membership (£70 for Concessionary members) with a £10 discount available when paying by Direct Debit – sign up here before registering to get the members delegate fee)

Accommodation is not included in the delegate fee. We do not have recommended hotels however the Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn) is situated just 15 metres from the conference venue. Other hotels within a 10 minute walk include Malmaison (5 min walk), Travelodge Leeds Central, Leeds Marriott Hotel (6 min walk), Ibis Leeds Centre Crown Point Rd and Holiday Inn Express Leeds City Centre.

There is disabled access throughout the building with two lifts in the ground floor