South West and Wales

South West and Wales regional group

South West and Wales regional group





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

  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Swansea

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About the group members

Bristol - Professor Ruud ter Muelen

RuudProf Ruud ter Meulen (b. 1952) is a psychologist and ethicist. He is Chair for Ethics of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol. Previously he has worked as Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics and Director of the Institute for Bioethics at the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands). Ruud Ter Meulen has been working on a broad range of issues in medical ethics, particularly issues of solidarity and justice in health care, ethical issues of health care reform and health policy, ethics of evidence based medicine, ethical issues of long-term care and ethics of research and research ethics committees. He has directed several international projects and was principal co-ordinator of a range of European projects funded within the various Framework Programs of the European Commission. He was the principal coordinator of the SOLIDAR project on the role of solidarity in European health and social care, leader of the workpackage on 'long-term care for the elderly and allocation of resources' in the EBEPE project, co-ordinator of the ENHANCE project, dealing with the ethical, philosophical and social issues of enhancement technologies. He was also co-ordinator of the recently finished European EPOCH project on the role of ethics in public policy-making on new biotechnologies, and of the European SYBHEL project on the ethical, legal and social issues of synthetic biology as applied to human health.

Ruud has published about 150 articles, book chapters and edited volumes on a range of topics in bioethics. He is co-author (together with Henk ten Have and Evert van Leeuwen) of the book Medische Ethiek (Medical ethics) the leading teaching book on medical ethics in The Netherlands and widely used in The Netherlands (Third Edition published in 2013). He was co-editor of several book publications including Solidarity in Health and Social Care in Europe (Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001), Evidence-based practice in Medicine and Health Care. A Discussion of the Ethical Issues (Springer Verlag, 2005) and Enhancing Human Capacities (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2011). Ruud is currently working on a monograph on the concept of solidarity in health care in the context of theories of justice in health care and concepts of autonomy.

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Bristol - Kerry Gutridge

Dr Kerry Gutridge is a Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics and Law for the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol. Her work is concerned with all aspects of biomedical ethics but her particular focus and research interests are in the ethical, philosophical and legal issues of psychiatry. She has a background in Bioethics, Social Science, Psychology and Biology. Her PhD, was funded by the Wellcome Trust and examined the philosophical, ethical and policy issues associated with self harm. She argued that harm minimisation should be used in inpatient psychiatric hospitals if certain conditions are met. Further information can be found here

She is currently the programme director for the MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law and the Ethics Element in the MBChB Ethics and Psychiatry Course. She has previously been the Acting Programme Director for the intercalated BSc in Bioethics. Dr Gutridge has held a number of different teaching and research positions in Bioethics, Policy Studies, Public Health and Psychology. Further information about her teaching can be found here.

Dr Gutridge�s work has been published in such places as Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics and the Journal of Medical Ethics. A full list of her publications can be found here. Her book,� Self Harm: The Philosophical, Ethical & Policy Issues,�is now available on Amazon. Please click here for further information.for further information.

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Bristol - Professor Gordon Stirrat

Gordon Stirrat is currently Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Research Fellow in Ethics in Medicine in the University of Bristol. He was Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the University of Bristol (1982-2000); Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1991-1993); and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1993-1997). During this time he was instrumental in the establishment of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine in the University of Bristol. He served on the General Medical Council (1990-93) and was chairman of the Ethics Committees of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2001-2004) and of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (2007-2010). From 2008 to 2011 he spearheaded the IME's Education Project that resulted in, among other things, the production of the Core Content of Learning for Medical Ethics and Law for UK Medical Schools.�

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Bristol - Dr Richard Huxtable

Richard Huxtable (LLB (Hons), MA, PhD) is Reader in Medical Ethics & Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. Qualified in law and socio-legal studies, his research primarily concerns end-of-life decision-making and surgical ethics, and he has published widely in medical, legal and bioethical journals, as well as engaging with the international media. Richard is the author of Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law: From Conflict to Compromise (2007, Routledge), Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life: To Treat or Not to Treat? (2012, Routledge), and All That Matters: Euthanasia (2013, Hodder). He is also co-author, with Dickenson and Parker, of The Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook (2010, Cambridge University Press). He is an experienced teacher of undergraduate and postgraduate students of medicine, law and health care ethics, his teaching having been commended by Universities UK and the General Medical Council. A long-standing participant in clinical ethics support, Richard is a Trustee of the UK Clinical Ethics Network, Vice-Chair (Education) of Bristol's Clinical Ethics Advisory Group and a Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care, for whom he also chairs the Ethics Forum.

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Bristol - Dr Muireann Quigley

Muireann's research interests relate to questions of property rights in the human body and its parts and focus on giving an ethical and legal philosophical analysis of concepts such as self-ownership, autonomy, and consent and the role these (purportedly) play in the control of a person's body and their separated parts.

She is also interested in the ethics of reproduction and the reproductive technologies, organ transplantation, rights, and the ethics of 'nudges' in the health context.

From August 2013 she will be on research leave to work on a Leverhulme Trust funded project for 12 months - 'Influencing Health: The Normative Legitimacy of Health-affecting Nudges at State Level'.

Past Research Visits -

Muireann was a visiting scholar at the University of Birmingham's law school from April to July 2013. While there she worked on her book 'Self-ownership, Property, & the Human Body' which is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. She also worked with Dr Imogen Jones on joint research relating to the way in which the criminal law has addressed 'transgressions' relating to the dead body.

In February and March 2013 she was a MacCormick Visiting Fellow at the Mason Institute at the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh where I was also working on aspects of my book. In particular, I was exploring the Human Tissue Act (Scotland) 2006, as well as property concepts and personality rights in Scots law.

In 2010 she spent some time as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) in Sydney where she was working on organ donation and property in the body.

In 2008 she received an Erasmus Training Grant which enabled her to spend some time as a Visiting Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Medical Ethics in the Erasmus Medical Centre of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Bristol - Prof Donna Dickenson (honorary fellow)

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Donna Dickenson is Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of London. She also holds honorary positions at the HeLEX Centre, University of Oxford, and the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol. Donna's academic career spans a period of nearly forty years and includes many senior posts at major British Universities. At the University of London she has held the position of Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Birkbeck College, as well as her earlier Leverhulme Senior Lectureship at Imperial College. Between two stints in London she was the first holder of the John Ferguson Chair in Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham.

Between 1974 and 1997 she was�a Tutor, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Open University.

In 2010 Donna became Research Associate, HeLEX (Centre for Health Law and Emerging Technologies) at the University of Oxford. She is the co-author (along with Richard Huxtable and Michael Parker) of the second edition of the Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook. She has also written 'Bioethics: All That Matters' (Hodder, 2012) and her book on personalised medicine, 'Me Medicine vs. We Medicine: Reclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good' (Columbia University Press, 2013).

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Bristol - Dr Jonathan Pye (honorary fellow)

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Cardiff - Prof Paul Kinnersley

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Swansea - Professor Mike McNamee

Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics. He teaches healthcare and medical ethics. His research interests are in the ethics of medicine and healthcare and the ethics of sports, and research ethics. He is a former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, and was the founding Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. He serves/has served on the Executive Committee on many national and international associations including the European College of Sport Science, the International Council for sport Science and Physical Education and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. He is the founding Editor of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. He has written or edited (singly and in collaboration) 11 books in applied philosophy and ethics in sport and health, including Sports, Virtues and Vices: morality play (Routledge, 2008) and he just completed the Routledge Reader in Sports Ethics (Routledge, 2010).

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