MSc in Mental Health, Ethics & Law

26 March 2015

A new postgraduate course launched at King’s.

This integrated MSc is for anyone concerned with mental health who wishes to study the clinical, ethical and legal thinking behind current law, policy and clinical practice. It has been designed for health professionals, lawyers, policy makers, and all those with a relevant first degree who are keen to consider the difficult questions raised by mental ill health and society’s response. Students will be able to study alongside others from a wide range of academic and professional disciplines at the heart of London’s legal and psychiatric world.

The programme is delivered by two internationally recognised centres of excellence and provides an integrated, strongly interdisciplinary, education in mental health, ethics and law. It will equip students to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy.

• In-depth and integrated clinical, philosophical and legal analysis of key issues presented in the field of mental health.

• Supported by the UK’s first centre of medical law and ethics (CMLE) and Europe’s largest centre for research and teaching in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience (IoPPN).

• Central London location and close links with national and international policy formers and leading legal and clinical practitioner communities.

Deadline for applications is July 1st 2015.

Further details available here.

Jeff Round Lent Lecture cancelled

19 March 2015

I’m afraid that our speaker Dr Jeff Round has had to cancel his Lent Lecture today, March 19th, on ‘Caring for the incurable: ethics and cost-effectiveness in resource allocation decision making for people who lack capacity’. Apologies for the late notice.

Conference: 2nd Institute of Medical Ethics Research

19 March 2015

A conference from the Institute of Medical Ethics, on Thursday 18 June 2015 at Newcastle University.

The conference is a one-day event, designed to give opportunities for academics, clinicians and students involved in biomedical ethics research to present the results of their research activities in analytical and empirical medical ethics.


The conference organisers welcome submissions from a range of disciplines relevant to bioethics, including medical ethics, medicine, healthcare, philosophy, social sciences, law and public policy.

In addition to submissions from established academics, early career researchers and healthcare professionals, we also encourage submissions from postgraduate students.

IME Research Committee: Dr Carwyn Hooper (Chair), Rev Bryan Vernon, Dr Anna Smajdor, Dr. Zoe Fritz, Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Merryn Ekberg, Dr Silvia Camporesi and Ms Emma Nottingham.

For further information please contact Dr. Carwyn Rhys Hooper

Workshop: Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Ethics and Epistemology Workshop II

16 March 2015

Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, 13th April 2015.

Please register by April 1st.

Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown)
Sally Fischer (Warren-Wilson)
Lindsey Porter (Sheffield)
Fiona Woollard (Southampton)

In applied ethics, much has been written in relation to pregnancy – based either on a conception of pregnancy as the ‘hosting of a stranger’, or focusing on the rights of the foetus whilst disregarding that foetus’s existence as intertwined with that of its mother. Neither of these two approaches takes the unique physical, relation and transformative state of pregnancy seriously. Pregnancy also raises epistemological issues. Does the radically transformative character of pregnancy mean that those who have never been pregnant are excluded from certain kinds of knowledge about pregnancy and its consequences? And are pregnant women taken seriously now as knowers and testifiers?  These epistemological issues have important implications for the appropriate way to approach the ethical debate.

This workshop is one of a series of four in the project Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics, funded by the Southampton Ethics Centre and the University of Southampton ‘Adventures in Research’ Scheme. It will be followed by two workshops on Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics and was preceded by a workshop on Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Ethics and Epistemology on the 18th of June 2014.

Registration is free of charge, and will include tea/coffee/refreshments. Delegates must provide/ pay for their own meals; there is an option to sign up for a buffet lunch (cost: GBP 8.50) when registering via the online store. Please register by April 1st. If you would like to attend but childcare duties render your attendance difficult, please contact the organisers (as far in advance as possible).

For more information, program, abstracts and registration go here.

Conference: Why do humans become mentally ill?

16 March 2015

17th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, organized by the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry, will take place from 29 to 31 October 2015 in Chile, at the gates of Patagonia.

On behalf of the committee, you are invited to submit your abstracts until April 1, 2015. 

Further information is available here.

Lent Lecture series update

12 March 2015

Our final 2015 Lent Lecture is on Thursday March 19th, 12–1 pm.

Moot Court, Somerset House East Wing, SW1.18, Dickson Poon School of Law, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

Thursday March 19th, 12 – 1 pm

Dr Jeff RoundPrincipal Research Associate, University College London Clinical Trials Unit

‘Caring for the incurable: ethics and cost-effectiveness in resource allocation decision making for people who lack capacity’

A primary concern of economics is the allocation of society’s scarce resources. This is especially true in the field of health and social care. Where budgets are limited, the act of allocating resources to provide care to one individual is necessarily the act of denying those resources for caring for some other, usually unidentified, individual. This gives rise to important ethical questions. What are the objectives of the system in allocating resources? What are the mechanisms by which society determines who gets treatment? What impact do these criteria have on different groups of people? Much of economic evaluation methodology has been developed in the context of treatments intended to cure people or in some other way extend their lives. But what happens when the focus turns towards non-curative treatment? Are evaluation methodologies fit for purpose? What are the implications for efficiency and equity in a healthcare system of a one-size fits all approach to evaluation? This talk will explore how society allocates its health and social care resources to very vulnerable populations. In particular I will consider those who lack capacity and for whom cure is not the intended aim of care. I address how we allocate resources to these patients and the ethical implications of the decision making processes.

The lecture is free and open to all. There is no need to register. Directions to the Strand Campus are here and access information for Somerset House East Wing is here. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Lent Lecture series update

26 February 2015

Our second 2015 Lent Lecture is on Thursday March 5th, 12–1 pm.

Moot Court, Somerset House East Wing, SW1.18, Dickson Poon School of Law, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

Professor Anthea TinkerInstitute of Gerontology, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London

‘Some ethical issues in research on the housing of older people’

Research on housing for older people shares some ethical issues with institutional care such as the use of technology for surveillance.  But there are others which are different. These include the different living arrangements such as co-residing with family members.  Also there are good examples of older people being involved in the research process from the design of the project to the dissemination and involvement in ethics committees.  These and other issues will be discussed in this lecture.

The lecture is free and open to all.


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