Central regional group

The Central regional group of ethics and law leads is made up of representatives from the following medical schools:

  • Birmingham
  • Cambridge
  • East Anglia
  • Keele
  • Leicester
  • Nottingham
  • Warwick

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About the group's work

To contact the regional group please email: contact@instituteofmedicalethics.org

About the group members

Birmingham - Dr June Jones

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Dr June Jones is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics at University of Birmingham. She is responsible for the ethics curriculum across all five years of the MBChB. She is also Professional Development lead and Equality and Diversity lead.

Her main academic interest is in religious and cultural beliefs in medical practice, especially the influence these have on professional values and behaviours. She is College Lead on Religious and Cultural Diversity, specialising in the support of medical students and doctors who wish to adhere to their religious obligations whilst studying and practicing in the clinical area. She has produced guidance documents for Muslim and Jewish students, and publishes widely on spirituality in medical practice and medical education. She is involved in a range of interfaith dialogue across the West Midlands and has worked with the Equalities Challenge Unit on guidance for Higher Education with regards to religious beliefs in higher education. She is a member of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Clinical Ethics Committee.

Her other interests include stem cell ethics. She is Ethics lead on a £3.3 million European Marie Curie Fellowship project (DECIDE) researching the use of adult stem cells in Leukaemia. She is a member of the Birmingham University Stem cell Steering Committee (BUSSC).

She has been a member of the Central Group for 8 years, hosting the annual regional student conference in 2012. 

View June's full profile here - on the University of Birmingham's website

Contact June: j.jones.1@bham.ac.uk


Cambridge - Dr Elizabeth Fistein

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Elizabeth has led the ethics and law theme at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine since 2008, having taught on the course since 2005. During, and immediately following, her postgraduate medical training, she took time out of clinical work to study law, medical law and medical ethics. Her doctoral research focussed on ways of justifying compulsory treatment and she publishes in the domains of autonomy and paternalism, mental health and capacity law, and ethics education. From 2010 until 2014, Elizabeth worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, holding posts in General Adult and Rehabilitation Psychiatry. During that time, she set up at Clinical Ethics Advisory Group at Fulbourn Hospital and convened a Philosophy of Psychiatry reading group. Her practitioner role is now as a Medical Member of the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health), and she also serves as a member of the University of Cambridge Psychology Research Ethics Committee.

View Elizabeth's full profile here - on the University of Cambridge's website

Contact Elizabeth: ecf22@medschl.cam.ac.uk



Keele -Dr Jonathan Hughes 

View Jonathan's profile here - on the Keele University website


Leicester - Dr Rhona Knight

Rhona Knight is a portfolio GP based in Leicester. She is a senior clinical educator at Leicester University, and is the clinical lead in the Royal College of General Practitioners' Health for Healthcare Professionals pilot programme. As a GP she has been involved in teaching practical medical ethics for many years, including the ethics of communication and of the consultation, which are intrinsic to the daily work of medical professionals. She has an interest in making medical ethics accessible to non-specialist audiences. She is a member of the RCGP ethics committee, and is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, where she also chairs the Reaching out to Young People group, which aims to engage young people in bioethics both within and out of the curriculum.


Warwick - Dr Anne-Marie Slowther

Anne Slowther is Associate Professor of Clinical Ethics at Warwick Medical School and an Associate Fellow of the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. At Warwick she leads the teaching of medical ethics and law in the MBChB and Masters programmes. Her research interests include evaluation of clinical ethics services, ethical decision making in primary care, and consent to research in vulnerable populations. Anne qualified from Manchester University and completed a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law at King's College London and a DPhil in medical ethics at the University of Oxford. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the UK Clinical Ethics Network and also a practicing GP in Coventry.

View Anne-Marie's full profile - on the University of Warwick website

Contact Anne-Marie: A-M.Slowther@warwick.ac.uk