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Everyday ethics

Challenging questions and ethical obligations: the ethics of everyday practice.

The Faculty held its first national conference on interdisciplinary health ethics last week, led by Julie Wintrup, with colleagues Angela Fenwick, Roger Ingham and Hazel Biggs, the University's interdisciplinary 'Ethics in a Complex World' module team.

Over 60 presenters and delegates met at the Royal College of Nursing to consider the challenges of healthcare, the ways we educate for ethical practice, and to begin to collaborate on new and improved ways of working. A strong presence from the Faculty was evident with colleagues and students making significant contributions. The most exciting feature of the project has been the strong commitment to take forward the idea of 'everyday ethics' to improve health and care, and to work with each other across disciplines, professions and agencies to support practitioners with the considerable challenges and competing obligations of contemporary practice.

Special thanks go to keynotes Hazel Biggs, David Drew and Richard Ashcroft, to Anya de Iongh, Tracey Davies and Deborah Bowman who were instrumental in the development of the conference, and of course to Steph Baker for her immaculate organisation and communication.

A special issue of BMC Medical Ethics is due in February featuring the work of several people who presented at conference. Please get in touch with Julie if you wish to be involved in future activities and see papers here: http://blog.soton.ac.uk/cqeo/ .

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