Challenging questions and ethical obligations: the ethics of everyday practice > 21 January 2015


We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the conference:

Keynotes will be recorded and made available following the event, along with posters and other resources generated through the day.


Keynote speakers

Richard Ashcroft

Hazel Biggs

David Drew



Oluwayemisi Alabi, Lancaster University

Abstract title: Ethical Considerations. Click here for abstract.

Biography: Oyin Alabi is a 4th year medical student at Lancaster University. Next June she will be sitting her final medical school exams and will then go to North Carolina to do her medical elective in Plastic surgery. After she has completed her current year of study, she is planning on taking a year out of medicine, to do an intercalated degree in healthcare ethics and law. Oyin has completed student selected components on topical areas such as euthanasia, saviour siblings and zenotransplantation. She has also been part of many societies whilst at Medical school and has held many roles of responsibility including being president of the charity Medsin, the academic and welfare officer for Medsoc and the vice captain of her college netball team.

Murray Anderson-Wallace

Abstract title: Protection or peril? Using hidden cameras and other ‘remote’ technologies in social care.

Biography: Murray Anderson-Wallace is a specialist in healthcare communication and independent media producer. He has a professional background in nursing, social psychology and organisational communications research. His current portfolio includes advisory work with several national organisations and campaign groups including the Clinical Human Factors Group and the Health Foundation.  He was a member of the NHS England “Never Events” Task Force and is currently an advisor to the surgical safety group at the NHS Litigation Authority.
Murray is the Executive Producer of, which makes drama-documentaries to provoke discussion about safety and quality in healthcare. He has developed particular expertise working with the testimony of patients and professionals who have been affected by preventable harm, and has a specific interest in the moral and ethical dimensions of practice in this domain.
Murray is a member of the Medical Journalists Association and has published a number of articles and book chapters associated with social and cultural change within complex human systems, including healthcare.
He is Faculty Lead at the Leeds Institute for Quality Healthcare based at the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at the University of Leeds. 

Sarah Barclay, Medical Mediation Foundation

Abstract title: Resolving conflicts between families and health professionals: a practical approach

Biography: Sarah is the founder of The Medical Mediation Foundation, a not for profit organization providing mediation and decision-support for health professionals and families. She is currently Director of the Evelina Resolution Project, a two year project piloting the use of mediation and conflict management training at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Sarah is an accredited mediator, vice-chair of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee, and has an MA in medical ethics and law from King’s College London. She was previously an award-winning BBC Health and Social Affairs correspondent , working for network news and the “Panorama” programme and has more than 20 years experience of working with medical teams, patients and families.

Katie Borg and Tracey Davies, University of Southampton

Abstract title: A Compassion Gap in NHS culture?

Biography of Tracey Davies: I am a neonatal nurse and clinical academic PhD student at the University of Southampton. I graduated from the PGDip Nursing programme at the University of Southampton. I was fortunate during my training take part in the Erasmus scheme and spent 3 months in Denmark on a clinical placement on a neonatal unit, which is where I found my passion for neonatal nursing. Before beginning my nursing career I worked in sport development, I was previously Head of Cricket Development at Essex Cricket. I volunteer as the Kenya Country Manager for charity, Cricket without Boundaries, which uses cricket to teach HIV/AIDS awareness messages in Africa; in Feb 2015 I will be leading a FGM project in Kenya with the same charity.  I also have founded and run my own charity, THEY are Africa, which sponsors young people through education and training in Africa. My friend Katie and I set up and run a nursing blog, United Nurses, and I am also a digital literacy champion (iChamp) for the health sciences department at University of Southampton.

Biography of Katie Borg:

Paquita de Zulueta, Imperial College 

Abstract title: Compassionate conversations – the paradox of power and vulnerability


Andreas Dimopoulos, Brunel University

Abstract title: Law and the ethics of everyday care for persons with intellectual disability: Time for a rethink

Biography: Andreas Dimopoulos is Lecturer in Law at Brunel University since 2011. His research interests focus on the intersection of human rights and disability, with an emphasis on intellectual disability. His monograph, Issues in the Human Rights Protection of Intellectually Disabled Persons, which was published by Ashgate in 2010, develops a legal argument for interpreting the human rights of persons with intellectual disability, particularly where autonomy is considered to be absent. A new monograph, The Human Rights Approach to Disability will be published by Routledge.


Sally Dowling

Abstract title: Regulated and unregulated practices in donating breastmilk: A review of the ethical issues.

Biography: Sally Dowling trained as a mental health nurse and spent most of her 21-year NHS career working in sexual health and public health. She came to the University of the West of England in 2007 to study for PhD and has worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery since 2009. Her research interests are in the area of breastfeeding, particularly in relation to women’s experiences and how these are influenced/mediated by social and cultural factors. She has recently been awarded an ESRC seminar series grant (together with colleagues from Cardiff University and the University of South Wales) to run a two year series of seminars looking at the relationship between social science research and breastfeeding policy and practice.

Michael Dunn

Abstract title: Protection or peril? Using hidden cameras and other ‘remote’ technologies in social care.


Hilary Engward, Anglia Ruskin University

Abstract title:

Biography: Dr Hilary Engward is a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and research interests in health care ethics in the health professions.

Marie Ennis-O’Connor

Abstract title: Publicly-private; Privately-Public?  The Ethics of Self-Disclosure In A Digital Age


Diane Gow, University of Southampton

Abstract title:

Biography: Diane is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. She is also the Faculty Lead for Supporting Students who are involved in Incidents in Practice. Following a career in nursing, she has gone on to specialise in Medical Law and Ethics and leads on the delivery of curricular content relating to medical law, human error, and patient safety across a range of undergraduate and post graduate programmes. In 2007 she developed a support service for students who wish to raise concerns arising in practice, or who have been directly involved with an adverse event. The service was cited as ‘outstanding’ by the NMC and recommended for dissemination nationally. It also featured in the 2013 Government Review of NHS Hospital Complaints as an example of excellence.

Kate Harvey, Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Abstract title: 

Biography: Kate Harvey is Senior Research Officer at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and was part of the team leading the Council’s work on the ethical issues arising out of dementia, published in 2009.

Anna Herzog, Ingrid Kollak and Marie Woepking

Abstract title: Tales+ Dementia + Study: Research with people suffering from dementia


Lucy James, Imperial College London

Abstract title:


Mary-Ellen Morrissey, Department of Health

Abstract title: “Lawyers want it both ways: people must have their liberty but nobody can die”(Series, email Sept 2014): Exploring the ethical implications of Article Two (HRA, 1998) on mental health professionals.


Christine Lopes, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Southampton

Abstract title: Compassion: universal value or moral emotion?

Biography: Dr. Christine Lopes is a Doctor of Philosophy and a Registered Mental Health Nurse.  As a philosopher, her interests are in ethics and applied ethics, phenomenology, philosophy of psychiatry, psychopathology, and in the critique of theories of mind that rely on the concept of rationality.  As a registered mental health nurse, her interests are in the psychology and phenomenology of mental disorders, and their impact on nursing in general.  She holds a joint appointment with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen Alexandra Hospital (Medicine for Older Persons), and the University of Southampton, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Laura Machin, Lancaster University

Abstract title:

Biography: Broadly, my research interests rest within the social and ethical aspects of medicine. I have a particular interest in matters related to the donation of body parts, blood and tissue, the notion of dignity in practice, and research ethics. Throughout my research activities, I adopt an applied approach, whereby I consider the policy and practice implications of the topic under study. My research has tended to be interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on a wide range of literature from medical sociology and ethics, and focused upon accessing hidden populations and interviewing on sensitive subjects.

Ann Mitchell, Open University

Abstract title: Ethical issues arising from a participatory action research (PAR)study with Guyanese women living with Type 2 diabetes in the UK

Biography: Ann Mitchell is a mental health lecturer, author of distance learning materials and Co Director of the BSc (Hons) Adult and Mental Health Nursing at the Open University. As an experienced nurse educationalist, has written extensively on undergraduate and post graduate modules. Ann has contributed to a number of publications on health and social care.  Her current PhD study is a participatory action research study of the lived experience of Guyanese women with Type 2 diabetes.  She has presented at several national and international conferences this and other subjects and participated in lecturer exchange visits to Sweden and Finland. 

Emma Nottingham, University of Southampton

Abstract title: The role of test cases in ethical challenges concerning children’s health

Biography: Emma Nottingham is a Doctoral researcher and tutor at Southampton Law School. Her research interests include healthcare law, children’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and bioethics. Emma recently convened the Postgraduate Bioethics Conference 2014 and is a research committee member of the Institute of Medical Ethics.

Andrew Papakinitas, Oxford University

Abstract title: Teaching and Learning Ethics in General Practice training

Biography: Dr Andrew Papanikitas is an academic GP in Oxford. His main interests lie in Ethics and Medical Education and his PhD, “From the Classroom to the Clinic,” looked at ethics education in UK mainland general practice. He is currently director of the WSAL Diploma Course in healthcare ethics and philosophy and has just been commissioned (With John Spicer) to edit ‘The Handbook of Primary Care Ethics’ by Radcliffe Press. With Peter Toon, John Spicer and others he is part of network of scholars, educators and clinicians with an interst in the ethics of primary healthcare. Join us for further discussion on the Primary Care Ethics LinkedIn group!
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Carol Rivas, University of Southampton

Abstract title: How patient identity is actively shaped within diabetes review consultations and the implications for goal-setting, self-management, and key indicator exploration

Biography: Carol is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.  She has expertise across a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, disciplines and approaches which she primarily uses to explore her interests in communication and the patient experience.  She is particularly attentive to inequities within healthcare.  In 2012 she undertook an ethnographic, video-based study of clinical encounters in diabetes which sought to elucidate some of the difficulties healthcare service users experience when they are not fluent in English.

Suzanne Shale, Independent, associations with Kings College London & Ethox Centre Oxford

Abstract title 1: Is there a cure for dishonesty?

Abstract title 2: Protection or peril? Using hidden cameras and other ‘remote’ technologies in social care.

Biography: Suzanne Shale works as an independent consultant in the fields of healthcare ethics, patient safety, and healthcare leadership. She is author of Moral Leadership in Medicine: Building Ethical Healthcare Organizations (2012). Suzanne is Ethics Advisor to the NHS England Patient Safety Steering Group. Website:

Vicky Singleton, Lancaster University

Abstract title: Uncommon values in everyday practices: Fostering the potential for care with compassion


Nibu Thomas, Katie Bishop, Joel Abbott, Ben Thomas, John Tobin, Gillian Bennett, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – Poster presenters

Abstract title: DNACPR decisions: A regional study of communication and documentation of do not attempt resuscitation decisions


Jonathon Tomlinson, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

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Peter Toon

Abstract title 1 : Teaching and Learning Ethics in General Practice training

Abstract title 2: What is a good death?

Biography: Peter Toon was a GP for thirty years.  He also held academic posts at UCL, Queen Mary University of London and the GP Deanery,  working  mainly on postgraduate and continuing education. He has written academic papers on the ethics of medical reports, preventative health care and virtue ethics in medical practice, as well as his major works “What is Good General Practice”, “Towards a Philosophy of General Practice” and most recently “A Flourishing Practice?”. He has recently retired and now lives in Canterbury  and Avignon, dividing his time between the practices of moral philosophy, gardening, cookery, and music.

Sandra Walker, University of Southampton

Abstract title: You Don’t Want to Lie But You Can’t Tell the Truth Either

Biography: Sandy Walker is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Southampton University, currently providing teaching, assessment, module planning and delivery and student support at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is also a PhD student with the university looking at the experience people who self-harm have of contact with mental health services whilst in the general hospital environment. Until 2011 Sandy worked for 20+ years as a Registered Mental Health Nurse, from staff nurse to Clinical Manager/Modern Matron, responsible for management of services and staff.

Alistair Wardrope, University of Sheffield

Abstract title:

Biography: I am a medical student at the University of Sheffield, prior to which I studied Physics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford. I am particularly interested in ethical issues in the medical epistemology, the social and political responsibilities of health workers, and in feminist and communitarian approaches to autonomy and respect.

Wendy Wigley, University of Southampton

Abstract title: Pre-registration nursing students’ understanding and awareness of their spirituality from their experiences in practice


James Wilson, University of Southampton

Abstract title: What’s in your ethical toolkit? A forum theatre exploring solutions to everyday ethical situations


Josh Wintrup

Abstract title: Becoming a mental health nurse and learning to reason: a personal view


Lisa Wood, Lancaster Medical School

Abstract title: Partial Truth Telling in the Introduction of New Technologies: Ethical Obligations and Experimental Subjects

Biography: Lisa Wood is a Lecturer in Social Sciences at Lancaster Medical School. Her research focusses on technologically mediated practices with a specific interest in how organisations and practitioners generate knowledge, more recently looking at practices ‘on the move’. This feeds into interests in knowledge production, accountability, responsibility and autonomy in practice. She’s on Twitter @DrLisaWood

Poster presenters

Nibu Thomas, Katie Bishop, Joel Abbott, Ben Thomas, John Tobin, Gillian Bennett

Abstract title: DNACPR decisions: A regional study of communication and documentation of do not attempt resuscitation decisions

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