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

After the Conference


Conference: reflections and next steps

Thank you to all presenters and delegates, for making the 21st January 2015 such a successful and memorable day. Your feedback was incredibly encouraging – the website, communication, venue, organisation and catering was much appreciated although some of us got a little lost between rooms. Many people wished there had been more time for conversations and discussion. Presentations were rated excellently and the only complaint was that it was not possible to get to more sessions and have longer for discussion. We needed longer too to discuss with our keynote speakers who started, punctuated and ended the day perfectly.

The passion, knowledge and candour of presenters – from students to experienced, international leaders in ethics – was impressive and our decision to mix presenters and themes met with your approval. Chairing was thought to be skilful and supportive so thank you to all our session chairs as well. The preparedness of so many to discuss personal experiences of healthcare was felt to be a very important aspect of the day.

We’ve been working hard since the conference; Stephan Caspar has been editing and producing films of keynotes and sessions. He has produced a great short video here – please use and circulate – and has begun working on others. You can see Richard Ashcroft’s keynote again here and Jonathon Tomlinson’s session here. We look forward over time to developing these and more resources for teaching and training purposes. We are also discovering your many blogs, tweets and links so will bring these together for circulation too. We are progressing the idea of a network, through which we want to explore, support and promote ethical health practice in a variety of ways. After a period of recovery we want to start planning a 2016 Everyday Ethics conference.

To sum up, our coming together is auspicious. Your presentations showed how many opportunities and threats to ethical practice exist. They served as a timely reminder that if we do not actively support the everyday, practical decisions and actions of our students, patients and of each other, across professional groups and regardless of grade or organisation, then we fall short. Our day together shows that we have alternatives – as Richard urged, we can imagine how healthcare can be and then set about achieving it.

Do join us!

Julie, Angela, Hazel and Roger.



Conference review – video


Recorded Sessions


Hazel Biggs
Keynote: Care? Who Cares?

Richard Ashcroft
Keynote: From Practice to Theory – Ethics from the Ground Up



Jonathon Tomlinson
Power, prejudice and professionalism in Medical Education

Emma Nottingham
The role of test cases in ethical challenges concerning children’s health

Sally Dowling
Regulated and unregulated practices in donating breastmilk: A review of the ethical issues

Lisa Wood
Partial Truth Telling in the Introduction of New Technologies: Ethical Obligations and Experimental Subjects

Laura Machin
Self Discharge Against Medical Advice

Panel discussion led by Marie Ennis-O’Connor with Tracey Davis and Paquita de Zulueta chaired by James Wilson
Publicly-private; Privately-Public? The Ethics of Self-Disclosure In A Digital Age



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