The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a bioethics briefing note on disagreements in the care and treatment of critically ill babies and young children. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Greenwood   
Monday, 08 April 2019 12:17

The briefing note outlines the possible causes of disagreements between parents and healthcare staff, and highlights areas of action for healthcare policy-makers and NHS leaders that could help to prevent prolonged and damaging disagreements developing in future, or to resolve them more quickly.


Overall, they suggest the aim should be:

  • good communication between families and staff and an understanding of differing perspectives

  • appropriate involvement of parents in discussions and decisions about the care and treatment of their child

  • timely use of resolution interventions, such as mediation, in cases of disagreement

  • attention to the profound psychological effects that disagreements can have for families and staff.


    The briefing note is available at: 

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Nuffield Council on Bioethics if you would like to discuss any aspects of the briefing note:

    020 7681 9622 |


Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2019 14:02
15th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Greenwood   
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 13:10


It’s the Organization!
Clinical Ethics and Consultation at the Intersection of Institutional Practice

Wien, 23-25 May 2019 (pre-conference 22 May 2019)


Hosted by the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Austrian Province (Barmherzige Brüder Österreich)


The Organizing Committee of the 15th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation, the leading international clinical ethics conference founded in 2003 by Professors Stella Reiter-Theil and George J. Agich, invites you to attend this year’s event in Vienna, Austria. ICCEC 2019’s program offers insights, exchange, and learning opportunities from psychology, healthcare management, organizational development, and jurisprudence that can enrich the practice of clinical ethics. The conference will cultivate this discourse through keynote lectures in general sessions, individual paper debates, poster presentations, panel discussions, and case studies. Keynote lectures will feature organizational experts and innovative thinkers stimulating clinical ethics. ICCEC 2019’s mission is to provide attendees with the opportunity for exchange of expertise and collaboration in an institutional stetting in order to improve the practice of clinical ethics for the good of the patient.


Call for Abstracts: (deadline 31 October 2018)


Preliminary Program:



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 12:32
Progress Educational Trust: Testing times - How should we use genomic data in assisted reproduction? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Greenwood   
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 10:33

Evening of Thursday 16 May, London.

The event will explore the latest developments in genomics and reproduction, with a particular focus on expanded carrier screening and polygenic scores. The themes of the event are outlined here.

Attendance is free, and the event is open to people from all backgrounds. To reserve a place, register here. (If you have already done this then you do not need to register again).

The event is supported by Igenomix, and will be chaired by JANE FISHER (Director of Antenatal Results and Choices). Speakers will include:

• DR JESS BUXTON (Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust)
• CÉSAR DÍAZ GARCÍA (Medical Director of IVI London)
• KAREN SAGE (Leader of the Genetic Service at CARE Fertility)
• DR VÉRONIQUE BERMAN (Scientific Adviser at Chana)

The event is taking place at Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA. Click here for further details.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2019 10:44
The 6th IME Conference: Concept, Classroom & Clinic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Greenwood   
Wednesday, 06 March 2019 13:07

24-26 June 2019

Cardiff Metropolitan University

To view the programme, fees and booking, click here.

Financial support for carers: If you have had an abstract accepted for the conference, you may wish to apply for financial support for carers. Click here for more details, application form and guidelines.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2019 13:57
Lecturer in Ethics, Law & Professionalism - Lancaster University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Greenwood   
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:36


Lancaster Medical School are seeking to appoint a Lecturer to join the Professional Practice, Values and Ethics team who will teach and research and can provide expertise in one or more of the following fields: Medical Law, Ethics, Professionalism. You will join a small, supportive team made up of clinicians and academics to deliver and take responsibility for the development and organisation of various components within the Professional Practice, Values and Ethics curriculum. This will include contributing to lectures, debates, workshops, and be involved in all aspects of assessment.

You will join a team of highly dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic colleagues within the Medical School, and will work closely with the Director of Admissions to lead on the review of admissions criteria and selection processes, to ensure they remain in line with best practice. 

You will be supported to develop your own programme of research, and will be encouraged to develop collaborative research within the Faculty in line with our research strategy. You will also be encouraged to supervise dissertation projects and PhD students.

Applications for flexible, part time or job share working are welcome.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Laura Machin, Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and curriculum lead for Professional Practice, Values and Ethics: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Further details of the position can be found on 

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