June 18, 2021, 9:00 am - June 18, 2021, 5:00 pm

UKCEN 19th Annual Conference: Ethical Expertise in the NHS


Ethical Expertise in the NHS

19th UKCEN Conference Friday 18th June 2021, Virtual Conference on Zoom, RCP CPD 129331

Speakers to include:
Dave Archard, Queens University, Belfast
Alf Collins, NHS England
Janet Holt, University of Leeds
Josh Hordern, University of Oxford
Laura Machin, University of Lancaster
Anne Slowther, Warwick Medical School
Daniel Sokol, 12 King’s Bench Walk

Meeting fee £40, UK CEN members free (£10 reclaimable), students free (£10 reclaimable), IME members £20

Further Information and Applications 

A Free Pre-conference Workshop for Clinical Ethics Committee Members on Disagreement in Healthcare Ethics will also take place on Thursday 17th pm

Meeting Abstract
The objective of the meeting is to further understanding of the idea of ethical expertise as it may apply in the UK National Health Service. All healthcare professionals are expected to make the right choices and thereby do the right thing for their patients; in other words, they are expected to behave ethically. With this in mind, they may receive training in ethics and also have their conduct regulated by professional bodies who set out to maintain ethical standards. Not infrequently, however, it is unclear what doing the right thing entails. So could “ethical experts” help in these types of case? There are contrasting accounts of ethical expertise, and even if we accept the idea, it is not universally accessible in the NHS. So what should the NHS’ approach be to ethical expertise? Is existing ethical training for healthcare professionals sufficient to meet patient needs or should ethical expertise be made available in all parts of the NHS?

Provisional Programme

9.00 - 9.10Introduction and Welcome, Andrew Stanners, Leeds
9.10 - 11.10PLENARY 1: Ethical Expertise in Healthcare Chair: tbc 1. Dave Archard, Emeritus Professor, Queens University, Belfast 2. Alf Collins, Clinical Director, Personalised Care Group, NHS England
11.10 - 11.30Break
11.30 - 13.00Parallel Session A Chair: tbc Ethical Expertise Inside the Clinical Ethics Committee 1. tbc 2. Michael Spinks, Lay member, Great Ormond St Clinical Ethics Committee Parallel Session B Chair: tbc Education and Ethical Expertise 1. Laura Machin, Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Lancaster 2. Janet Holt, Senior Lecturer, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds
13.00 - 13.50Lunch
13.20 - 13.45AGM (UKCEN Members only)
13.50 - 15.20PLENARY 2: Ethical Expertise and Professionalism Chair: tbc 1. tbc 2. Joshua Hordern, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, University of Oxford
15.20 - 16.00Break and poster viewing
16.00 - 17.00DEBATE: ethical expertise in the NHS (motion tbc) Chair: tbc For: Anne Slowther, Professor, Social Science and Systems in Health, Warwick Medical School Against: Daniel Sokol, Barrister, 12 King’s Bench Walk, Temple
17.00 - 17.10Poster Award and Closing Remarks

Speaker Biographies for UK Clinical Ethics Network Summer Meeting on Ethical expertise in the NHS.

Dave Archard is Professor and Visiting Scholar, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. From 2005 to 2016, he was a member of the board of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. He has been the chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics since 2017. Other roles Archard has undertaken over his career include editorial or management roles at the journals Res Publica, The Philosophical Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and Contemporary Political Theory, and at the scholarly organisations the British Philosophical Association, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Society for Applied Philosophy.

Alf Collins is NHS England’s Clinical Director, Personalised Care Group. He is a doctor, commissioner, researcher and national policy advisor in person-centred care. He has researched and published widely on self-management support, shared decision making, care planning, co-production, patient activation and patient engagement. He has worked with others to develop a number of measures of person-centred care, including the ‘clinician support for patient activation measure’. He has a visiting professorship in person-centred care from Coventry University and Honorary Fellowships at the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Janet Holt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. Her research interests and publications are within the disciplines of Healthcare Ethics and Law and Nursing Philosophy. She is a reviewer for a number of healthcare journals, a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Nursing Philosophy, a consultant editor for the journal Nursing Ethics. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences on ethical aspects of healthcare and has facilitated many workshops and study days on ethics and law for healthcare professionals and in secondary schools in Leeds. She is also interested in research ethics, and is an expert member and Chair of Bradford Leeds Health Research Authority Research Ethics Committee.

Josh Hordern is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics in the Faculty of Theology and Religion and a Governing Body Fellow of Harris Manchester College. His research interests are in two main areas, healthcare and political theology. First, he works in partnership with healthcare researchers, clinicians and institutions, exploring questions concerning the ethos of healthcare, with a particular foci on precision medicine, medical professionalism and the role of compassion in healthcare organisations. Second, he pursues collaborative research in Islamic and Christian political thought, focussing especially on themes of affections, loyalty and conscience. For more detail, please see the two co-edited journal issues of The Muslim World and Studies in Christian Ethics (2016) and his first monograph Political Affections (2013).

Laura Machin is Senior Lecturer at Lancaster Medical School. Her research interests broadly rest within the social and ethical aspects of health and medicine. She has long-standing interests in matters related to reproductive medicine, and the donation of body parts, blood and tissue for a variety of purposes. Her current research interests are within the field of clinical ethics, including the need for clinical ethics committees and clinical ethicists, clinical ethics education and training, improving organisational cultures, and the interplay between practitioner, relative, and patient and their decision-making in healthcare. Her emerging research focus is located within research ethics. Throughout her research activities, she adopts an applied approach, whereby she considers the policy and practice implications of the topic under study. Her research has tended to be interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on a wide range of literature from medical sociology and medical ethics, and focused upon accessing hidden populations and interviewing on sensitive subjects.

Anne Slowther is Professor in Clinical Ethics at Warwick Medical School. She has been involved in the development of clinical ethics committees in the UK since 2000 and is a member of the UKCEN Board of Trustees. She has an interest in the evaluation of clinical ethics support services, and alternative models of clinical ethics support.

Daniel Sokol is a Barrister at 12 King’s Bench Walk and a former university lecturer in medical ethics. He has been a keynote speaker in international conferences, an after-dinner speaker, written three books on ethics and law and over 200 articles, both in peer-reviewed academic journals and in newspapers such as the Times, the Guardian and the International Herald Tribune. He writes a regular column for the British Medical Journal on ethico-legal issues, for which he was awarded ‘Best Column’ by the Medical Journalists’ Association in 2015.

Michael Spinks is a lay member of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee.