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Health Sciences

Challenging questions and ethical obligations - the ethics of everyday practice Event

09:00 - 17:00
21 January 2015
Central London

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Steph Baker on 02380 597925 or email .

Event details

The Centre for Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences, University of Southampton, extends a very warm welcome to all those interested in this one-day conference. We are delighted to be able to share with you an exciting and uniquely interdisciplinary programme of speakers and events, co-produced with patient leaders and people who use services. All are concerned with the practical, everyday encounters in health and care, and the ways we begin to understand their ethical components.

The purpose of the conference is to move from describing and analysing, to researching, connecting and promoting alternative constructions of ethical practice. We will be inviting delegates to join a network following the conference to take forward this work.

After a period open to presenters, registration is now open to all delegates wishing to attend. We wish to create comfortable spaces to discuss and share ideas in a welcoming and relaxing venue, so places are limited. Please register early to ensure your place.

People who use services, practitioners, students, policy makers and academics are invited to join us for parallel paper sessions, round table discussions, a forum theatre and panel debates. The opportunity to book specific sessions will be offered to all who have registered by mid December. The purpose of the conference is to explore together, from a variety of perspectives, the ways in which ethical ideas inform, support and challenge everyday practices in health and care.

You are now able to book your place using our online store:

We also have a dedicated conference website setup containing all of the information relating to the conference:

We are also using Twitter as a tool to discuss themes around the conference so please do follow us @EthicsSoton and use the event hashtag #everydayethics when discussing the event.

Conference theme

Ethical issues are a constant feature of everyday healthcare practice, yet the more commonplace concerns and choices encountered are much less well explored than are the big conceptual issues such as euthanasia or abortion. Recent inquiries into poor healthcare have identified and reinforced the need to listen to each other, to share perspectives and decision making, and to challenge assumptions and opinions. Understanding everyday responsibilities and obligations requires a radical rethink of how, when and with whom we learn about how to think and act in ethical ways

Contributions to the event may provoke thinking around, but not be limited by, such shared concerns as: How can agreement between different views be reached in practical ways regarding what is best for someone? Can values be taught and/or measured in everyday interactions and situations – and what are the implications of seeking to do so? How are multiple or conflicting obligations negotiated and prioritised, in partnership with patients, families and across disciplines? In what ways do cultural and organisational norms or pressures influence personal decisions and behaviours? What kind of learning and education promotes the internalising of ethical standards, and supports the ability to speak up, and/or to act in ethical ways? How do laws, policies, and professional codes impact on individual practices, helpfully or unhelpfully?

The full call for papers and posters ensured the inclusion of a range of perspectives, to open up discussion and create new conversations and networks.  Support for new presenters is at hand from the conference organising team, which includes patient leaders and student champions.

Social media will be an important means of promoting, sharing and developing resources following the event. The hashtag for the event is #everydayethics and participation via Twitter is welcomed by those unable to attend.

Keynote speakers

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

  • Richard Ashcroft
  • Hazel Biggs
  • David Drew

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

The programme

09:00 - 09:30: Registration

09:30 - 09:40: Welcome - Jonathan Drennan

09:40 - 10:10:  Keynote: Care? Who Cares? -Hazel Biggs

10:15 - 11:15: Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 1: Power, freedom and the good life: ethical frameworks for practice

Parallel Session 2: The ethics of truth telling in practice and test cases

Parallel Session 3: Ethics, negotiated decision making and risk

Parallel Session 4: Voices less well heard: rethinking the place of ethics

11:15 - 11:45: Break

11:45 - 12:45 - Parallel Session

Parallel Session 1: Debate (Social Media)- title to be confirmed

Parallel Session 2: How effective is ethics education? New perspectives 

Parallel Session 3: Educating for ethical decision making and practice

Parallel Session 4: Forum Theatre

12:45 - 13:45 - Lunch

13:45 - 14:30 - Keynote: Principles, Patients and Potential - Anya de Iongh

14:30 - 15:30 - Parallel Session

Parallel Session 1: Round table discussion: Mind the gap: when compassion meets ethics

Parallel Session 2: Workshop (title to be confirmed)

Parallel Session 3: Panel (title to be confirmed)

15:30 - 15:45: Break

15:45 - 16:30: Keynote: From Practice to Theory - Ethics from the Ground Up - Richard Ashcroft

16:30: Conference closes


You are now able to book your place using our online store:

The prices are:

  • Delegate option A - Standard rate from the 13th December 2014: £125
  • Delegate option B - Standard rate from the 13th December 2014 with discount: £80

To see the criteria for the discounted rate, please see the discount criteria document below.

Further information will be posted in the coming weeks.

This conference is being run in collaboration with:

  • Southampton Ethics Centre
  • Health Ethics and Law
  • Clinical Ethics and Law Southampton
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