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Intensive introduction to ethical decision-making in healthcare


An advanced, four-day course for those who are interested in increasing their knowledge of medical ethics.

Why study this course?

This course will provide participants with an overview of some of the key ethical theories, principles and values currently used to identify, explain and understand ethical issues and tensions in healthcare delivery and practice. It will introduce relevant legal concepts and principles and relevant law (as it applies to England and Wales). The course will be delivered in an environment in which participants can develop and hone skills of argument and ethical analysis, and will allow them to practise applying the knowledge they acquire. They will emerge with a greater appreciation of the ethical dimensions of healthcare in its broadest sense.

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone interested in increasing their knowledge of medical ethics.

Course programme

Monday 4 March 2019

8.30am: Registration
9.00am - 10.30am: Introduction to the course and ethical thinking
11.00am - 12.30pm: How to have a good argument
1.00pm - 2.30pm: Utilitarianism and confidentiality
3.00pm - 4.30pm: Deontology and consent
4.30pm: Wrap up and feedback

Tuesday 5 March 2019

9.00am - 10.30am: Ethics, law and negligence
11.00 - 12.30pm: Criminalising medical negligence
1.00pm - 2.30pm: Autonomy, social robotics and older people
3.00pm - 4.30pm: Clinical ethics support
4.30pm: Wrap up and feedback

Wednesday 6 March 2019

9.00am - 10.30am: Making decisions for those without capacity
11.00am - 12.30pm: Artificial Intelligence (AI) assisted healthcare
1.00pm - 2.30pm: Justice, resource allocation and organ allocation
3.00pm - 4.30pm: Dying well
4.30pm: Wrap up and feedback

Thursday 7 March 2019

9.00am - 10.30am: Virtue theory and responding to emergencies
11.00am - 12.30pm: Ethics and human reproduction
1.00pm - 2.30pm: Frameworks for decision-making in clinical ethics
3.00pm - 4.30pm: Clinical ethics practical
4.30pm: Wrap up and feedback

Extra information

Café facilities are located very close to the teaching room, in the same building.
Accommodation may be available on campus - find out more.

Key Facts

Registration: Please complete this form or call the postgraduate team on 02476 573958.

Duration: Four days

Location: University of Warwick

Dates: 4 – 7 March 2019

Fees: £400 (course materials only - refreshments and accommodation are not included.)

Course directors: Professor Heather Draper, Dr Anne Slowther, Dr Greg Moorlock. All have considerable experience of clinical ethics decision-making. If you have any questions about the course, please email Professor Draper.