Job: Tribunal Services Manager – Hearings at the Health and Care Professions Council

26 June 2017

Tribunal Services Manager – Hearings
Health and Care Professions Council – Tribunal Service, Fitness to Practise
Location: London
Salary: £44,000 per annum (Band C)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 21st June 2017
Closes: 27th June 2017

About the Role

We are currently recruiting for a Tribunal Services Manager – Hearings, this is a replacement role which reports to the Head of Tribunal Services and is responsible for the management and leadership of the Hearings Team within the Tribunal Services function of the Fitness to Practise Directorate.

About You

You must have strong management skills and be able to lead and motivate a team. In particular, you must be able to work autonomously, ensuring that all operational tasks relating to the management of HCPC fitness to practise hearings are completed within defined timescales.

You will be highly organised and able to effectively plan operational resources within a busy team and consistently deliver work of a high quality, often to tight deadlines.

Main Tasks

Be knowledgeable regarding all aspects of the processes, procedures and work of the HCPC and have regard for the relevant legislation regarding Fitness to Practise department responsibilities
Facilitate and lead on the recruitment and training of HCPC fitness to practise panel members
Monitor the workload of the hearings teams, ensuring targets, standards of performance and consistency are achieved
Develop and manage systems to improve processes and procedures operated by the Fitness to Practise Department.

Main Skills required

The proven ability and knowledge to manage, support and lead a team and motivate employees
Ability to present to large audiences and manage stakeholder feedback to the business.
Proven ability to plan and prioritise workloads under pressure and meet tight deadlines with minimal supervision
Ability to deal with people from all levels and from a diverse range of backgrounds including people who may be vulnerable and deal with these issues sensitively and with tact.

Application Information

Please read the Job Profile and Job Description for more detailed information and important dates relating to this role.
Please apply using the link to our online recruitment portal.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 27 June 2017, at 09:00am. Applications by CV will not be accepted.

For further information please contact the Human Resources department on 0300 5008206.

The HCPC is committed to equality of opportunity and actively guards against unfair discrimination on any grounds.

Please note that this role may bring you into contact with children or vulnerable adults. The HCPC therefore relies, as part of the recruitment process, on self-declaration and on criminal records checks to ensure employees are suitable to take up the position.

Job: (Senior) Research Fellow in Ethics at Univerzita Pardubice Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value

26 June 2017

We are looking to appoint an established mid-career researcher to join the burgeoning team of the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value. This is a research-intensive post. The successful applicant will be given academic and administrative support to pursue his or her own work. In return he or she will be expected to produce a number of publications with international impact, to collaborate with other members of the Centre and to participate in the Centre’s lively research environment. We welcome applications by researchers in ethics whose work fits the research profile of the Centre. Specialisations in related fields such as political philosophy, philosophy of law, applied ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of action, history of ethics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of art and literature, will be considered, so long as there is a clear ethical connection in the applicant’s research proposal.

Qualifications required:
This post suits an established researcher. The preference is for an applicant who has reached the level of Docent, Associate Professor, or equivalent. The candidate is expected to have a good record of publications and research activities commensurate with the advanced career stage of Associate Professor/Docent. Previous experience with joint (co-authored) publications and with major research projects, preferably as principal investigator, is an advantage.

We offer:

Full-time contract for 4 years (negotiable).
Research position with no teaching requirements and minimal administrative obligations; opportunity to supervise PhD students.
Internationally competitive salary.
Additional benefits: health and social insurance, 6-8 weeks of paid holidays.
Travel allowance, laptop and PC, funds for purchasing books.
Friendly workplace environment, conducive to research.

Intended start date: October 1st, 2017 (negotiable).

Documents and information (in English) to be submitted with the application:

Letter of motivation (1 page).
Professional CV, including a list of research, publication and teaching activities.
Copy of research degree documentation.
Research proposal (2000 words).
Names and contact details of two academic referees.
One sample of academic writing (e.g. a paper) relevant to the research area of the Centre for Ethics.

The application together with all the attachments should be sent by July 15th, 2017 by e-mail to centreforethics [at] Please state the name of the position in the e-mail subject.

For further inquiries, contact Dr. Ondřej Beran (ondrej.beran [at]

Seminar: cryopreservation – Law and Ethics at the Frontiers of Medicine and Science

12 June 2017

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2017

Time: 18:30 – 20:00

Registration from 18:15

20:00 onwards drinks reception

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to invite you to a seminar on Wednesday 28 June on Law and Ethics at the Frontiers of Medicine and Science.

In the recent cryopreservation case In re JS (A Child) [2017] 4 WLR 1, the High Court considered the wishes of a terminally ill 14 year old child that her body be cryopreserved upon her death.  The case focused attention on medical and scientific advances not covered or contemplated by existing laws, such as the Human Tissue Act 2004.  How should courts, regulatory bodies, policy makers and lawyers respond?

Doughty Street Chambers convenes a panel of speakers – including lawyers who acted in the JS case and the Director of Regulation at the Human Tissue Authority – to discuss whether the current legal and regulatory framework is keeping up with developments in medicine and science in the 21st century.

The talks will be followed by drinks and networking.

If you would like to secure a place please click here.


Aswini Weereratne QC, Doughty Street Chambers


Sarah Bedwell, Director of Regulation, Human Tissue Authority

Zoë Fleetwood, Dawson Cornwell

Christina Helden, Hempsons

Kate Beattie, Doughty Street Chambers



Job: Research Fellow at University of Edinburgh – Centre for Medical Informatics

5 June 2017

Salary: £32,004 to £38,183
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 1st June 2017
Closes: 3rd July 2017
Job Ref: 040078

We are seeking a dynamic research fellow to undertake research activities on the Wellcome Trust Seed Award “Patienthood and Participation in the Digital Era”. Responsibilities will include design, data collection, analysis, and publication; assisting with the development and implementation of a programme of public engagement in conjunction with the research; and contributing to new research initiatives arising from the Award, including the development of grant applications for related projects.

Applicants must have a PhD (or near completion) in bioethics or related social science / humanities discipline (or relevant equivalent experience). Excellent project management and organisational skills with the ability to work independently under appropriate supervision is essential.

The post is full time (35 hours per week), available from July 2017 for 12 months and based in The University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics.

Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Sarah Chan at Sarah.Chan [at]

Conference: 8th Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine Study Day

2 June 2017

8th Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine Study Day
24 November 2017 | 30 Euston Sq, London
6 CPD points; book your place

Draft Programme

08.45 Registration & Exhibitors
09.00 APPM Chair’s welcome
Dr Pat Carragher, Medical Director, CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association

Session 1
Chaired by Dr Jon Dorling, Clinical Associate Professor in Neonatology School of
Medicine, University of Nottingham

09:05 Neonatal palliative symptom control
Dr Jon Dorling, Clinical Associate Professor in Neonatology School of Medicine,
University of Nottingham
Dr Edile Murdoch, Consultant Neonatologist (PPM special interest)
Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

09.50 Case Studies: Panel discussion
Jon Dorling, Edile Murdoch, Dominic Wilkinson

10.40 Ethical challenges in perinatal palliative care
Professor Dominic Wilkinson, Consultant Neonatologist, Professor of Medical
Ethics, University of Oxford

11.35 Focus groups – delegates are free to attend any group

Hospice doctors/GPs
Dr Mike Miller, Retired Medical Director, Trustee Naomi House,
Medical Advisor, React

Hospital doctors/Trainees
Dr Renee McCulloch, Consultant Paediatric Palliative Medicine
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Specialist nurses and allied health professionals
Co-ordinated by Ms Julie Bayliss, Nurse Consultant, Great Ormond Street
Hospital, London

13.20 1st Seminar

1A Symptom management – dyspnoea
Dr Fin Craig, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, The Louis Dundas
Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital London.

1B Perinatal palliative care
Dr Edile Murdoch, Consultant Neonatologist (PPM special interest)
Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

1C NICE guidance for end of life care in infants, children and young people
(NG61): development, content, implementation and quality standards
Dr Emily Harrop, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Helen and Douglas
House, Oxford, Deputy Chair of Guidance Development Committee

2nd Workshop
2A Symptom management – dyspnoea
Dr Fin Craig, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, The Louis Dundas
Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital London.

2B Perinatal palliative care
Dr Edile Murdoch, Consultant Neonatologist (PPM special interest)
Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

2C NICE guidance for end of life care in infants, children and young people
(NG61): development, content, implementation and quality standards
Dr Emily Harrop, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Helen and Douglas
House, Oxford, Deputy Chair of Guidance Development Committee

Session 2
Chaired by Dr Anna-Karenia Anderson, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative
Medicine, Royal Marsden Hospital and Shooting Star Chase Hospice.

15.20 A new public health approach to EOL care:
Dr Libby Sallnow, St6 Palliative Medicine Registrar, North London Hospital,
Doctoral Student, University of Edinburgh

16.00 Paediatric palliative care in court
Victoria Butler-Cole, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, Chair of Trustees of
Compassion in Dying, Advisor to the Medical Mediation Foundation

16.45 Closing remarks
Dr Pat Carragher, APPM Chair, Medical Director, CHAS (Children’s Hospice
Association Scotland)

1700 End

Job: Legal/Regulatory Senior Policy Analyst at the PHG Foundation

27 May 2017

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £35,000 to £45,000 p.a. (depending on experience) plus benefits
Full time or part time (min 28 hours p.w.)
Fixed Term – 3 years

Cambridge-based health policy think-tank the PHG Foundation seeks a talented and enthusiastic professional with a legal background who is passionate about seeing biomedical research translated effectively into healthcare. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, your role will be to provide sound legal and regulatory analysis for the Foundation’s health policy projects.

We are open-minded about background, but you must have a good first degree in law, social science, philosophy or similar subject; an excellent grasp of the legal, regulatory and ethical landscape around healthcare, preferably genetics/genomics; and first class analytical, drafting and communication skills.  A postgraduate qualification in medical law, ethics or similar would be a distinct advantage but, most importantly, you must be able to transfer your academic grounding into actionable policy applications.

You will be an excellent networker and have the personal qualities to work creatively and effectively in a small team of highly-motivated colleagues.

For an informal discussion please contact Alison Hall alison.hall [at] Tel: 01223 761900

The deadline for applications is 21st June 2017 (please note – previous applicants need not apply)

Interviews will be held in Cambridge on 10th July 2017

Call for abstracts: European Understandings of Advance Decision-making

26 May 2017

12th September 2017 University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Keynote speakers

Professor John Ellershaw (Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Liverpool)

Professor Rob Heywood (Professor of Medical Law, University of East Anglia).


This interdisciplinary conference marks the culmination of the ESRC research seminar series ‘Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach’.

Advance medical decision-making occurs in a range of situations, encompassing decisions relating to end-of-life treatment, typically focussed upon refusals of life-sustaining treatment; advance decisions concerning physical health care unrelated to end of life care, including for example birth plans which typically include positive requests for treatments (e.g. an epidural) as well as refusals of treatment; and ADs relating to psychiatric treatment, where individuals with severe mental illness set out their treatment preferences. In each of these situations an advance decision can act as an important mechanism for conveying precedent autonomy, bridging the occurrence of incapacity and providing a clear statement of how the patient wants to be treated, or more usually what treatment the patient does not wish to be given.  Anticipatory decision-making offers great promise and could make a substantial contribution to the empowerment of those lacking capacity, but there are important asymmetries between anticipatory and contemporaneous decision-making that could potentially undermine both the legal and moral authority of an advance decision. The Council of Europe’s Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (1997) requires that account is taken of a patient’s previously expressed wishes (Article 9), demanding at least a minimal consideration of precedent autonomy. A number of European jurisdictions have gone further, seeking to clarify the standing of advance decisions and to promote legal certainty by providing statutory recognition of the importance and binding nature of at least some advance decisions.

The conference will consider European legislative responses to anticipatory decision-making, seeking to explore those responses within the practical contexts within which advance decision-making occurs.  We are particularly interested in linking legal discourse with policy and practice discourses and the (dis)connect between law, practice and professional guidance.

The conference is generously funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).



This conference is part of the research seminar series’ Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.  It is being organised by the grant holders, Dr Samantha Halliday, Prof. Jörg Richter and Prof Gillian Hundt.



Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to S.Halliday[at] by 15th June 2017.  Applicants should expect to hear from the convenors by 20th June 2017.



Registration for the conference is free, but compulsory. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended. Please register via Eventbrite: Bursaries will be available to fund travel and accommodation costs for PhD students – please email S.Halliday[at] if you wish to apply for financial support.  The conference is aimed at both academic and professional attendees and will be CPD accredited.