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The University of Southampton
Clinical Ethics, Law and Society

Difficult Decisions in Paediatrics: Joined-up Working in Wessex Event

08:30 - 16:30
11 October 2019
Best Western Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7PT

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Peta Coulson-Smith at .

Event details

Exploring ethical issues and clinical decision-making for children with life-limiting illnesses. There is an appetite for a forum through which joined-up working in Wessex could be facilitated, where multidisciplinary discussions could be held and where the difficult ethical issues raised could begin to be discussed. This day aims to explore some of the most challenging discussions that need to be had in paediatrics and discuss if and how a regional paediatric Clinical Ethics Committee might help future cases.


  • To consider the high profile difficult decision cases and consider what can be learned from these. 
  • To examine challenging paediatric cases and difficult decisions from a range of perspectives, including ethical issues associated with tracheostomy.
  • To share stories of difficult decisions across Wessex from clinicians, families and the Clinical Ethics Committee​.
  • To provide the opportunity to discuss specific difficult decisions and ethical issues with expert ethicists and clinicians.
  • A range of experts from the fields of medicine, ethics and law will be speaking.

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Speaker information

Dr Imogen Goold,University of Oxford,Associate Professor of Law

Professor Dominic Wilkinson,University of Oxford,Consultant Neonatologist and Professor of Medical Ethics

Dr Peta Coulson-Smith,Senior Teaching Fellow and Clinical Training Fellow

Professor Anneke Lucassen,Professor of Clinical Genetics

Dr Angela Fenwick,Associate Professor in Medical Ethics and Education

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