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Southampton Ethics Centre

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

09:00 - 17:00
21 January 2015
Royal College of Nursing 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 participating in this one-day conference, being held in Central London. People who use services, practitioners, students, policy makers and academics are invited to contribute in a variety of ways, by submitting posters or papers, individually or as part of a round table discussion, forum theatre or panel debate. The purpose of the conference is to explore together, from a variety of perspectives, the ways in which ethical ideas inform and support everyday practices in health and care. Colleagues who do not wish to make submissions are also very welcome to attend as delegates.

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?

Keynote speakers

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

  • Richard Ashcroft
  • Hazel Biggs
  • Anya De Iongh


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


The prices are:

  • Delegate option A - Early bird rate until the 17th November 2014: £110
  • Deleagte option B - Early bird rate until the 17th November 2014 with discount: £65
  • Delegate option C - Standard rate from the 18th November 2014: £125
  • Delegate option D - Standard rate from the 18th November 2014 with discount: £100

To see the criteria for the discounted rate, please see the discount criteria document at the bottom of this page.

Call for papers

The full call for papers and posters suggests three main strands for the day, and provides indicative criteria for acceptance. To ensure the inclusion of a range of perspectives, and in order to open up discussion and create new conversations and networks, support 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.

Funding is actively being sought to enable discounted fees for contributors who have no other source of funding and are unwaged, use health or social care services, or are students. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for support on your submission form.

Types of contribution

  1. Presenting an individual paper (20 minutes including discussion)
  2. Presenting two linked individual papers, separate authors responding to each other (40 minutes including discussion)
  3. Designing a poster to be displayed throughout conference
  4. Contributing to or organising a round table discussion for between 6 – 8 people (please indicate if you are submitting as an organiser)
  5. Innovative suggestions such as a scenario or dilemma suitable for a forum theatre, drawn from experience and fully anonymised
  6. Contributing a topic as an individual to a panel debate (please outline the topic and indicate if you are prepared to participate as a panel member)
  7. Developing a single or multiple authored blog to be included as a resource, to be disseminated and built upon during and after conference.

Due to a high level of interest we may need to limit the number of submissions to two per person. Please indicate if you are making more than one submission to help conference organisation.

If you are a first-time presenter or would like support in designing a poster, please see the full call for submissions and make use of our various offers of help.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is midday Friday 17th October 2014.

To view the full call for papers and to access the abstract form, see the useful downloads section on the right hand side of this page. Please return two copies of the form to by midday on Friday 17th October 2014.

Please see the poster guidelines document at the bottom of this page for some hints and tips.

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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