Conference: Healthcare Disparities: Disruptive Healthcare Technologies and the Patient in Manchester

20 February 2019

12-14 June 2019

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION EXTENDED TO 30th April 2019

The question of health inequalities worldwide has become increasingly significant and there is now a wide range of active researchers from a variety of disciplines working in this field. This conference is intended to bring these people together for the first meeting of what is hoped will be an ongoing global academic network.

The conference is sponsored by the Hallsworth Endowment and the School of Law at the University of Manchester. Collaborative institutional support is provided by Queen Mary, University of London with further support from the European Association of Health Law and the World Association of Medical Law. The conference will combine keynote and breakout sessions. Further details about this are available from Nicola.Glover-Thomas [at] manchester.ac.uk.

The conference PGR day for postgraduate students will be held on Wednesday 12th June 2019. Details about this event are available from Ajmal Mubarik (ajmal.mubarik [at] postgrad.manchester.ac.uk).

NB There are 12 free PGRs places for the PGR pre-conference workshop available thanks to funding from the Society of Legal Scholars. PGRs may apply for funding for the conference and travel and subsistence

The conference organisers have secured a special issue of The Journal of Medical Law and Ethics to enable selected papers from the conference to be published. Those who are presenting papers and are interested in publishing their paper in the journal, please get in touch with Nicola Glover-Thomas.

Cost: £200 (Registration closes: 31 May 2019)

Early Bird Registration: £175 (Early Bird Registration closes 5 May 2019)

Discounted price for PGRs/ECRs/Members of WAML and EAHL: £150

The conference dinner will be held on Friday 14 June 2019. This is not included in the conference fee. A wine reception, included in the conference fee, will be held in the Schuster Building, University of Manchester on Thursday 13 June 2019 from 7pm – 9pm.

Accommodation at The Crowne Plaza, Oxford Road, has been secured at a reduced rate of £112 for the room per night and £10 for breakfast. We have a limited number of hotel rooms for delegates and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Job: Senior Decision Maker: Fitness to practise, General Medical Council

14 February 2019
Salary £70,715 – £76,365 (pro-rata)
Closes 06 Mar 2019
Part-time

Home based (requirements to travel to Manchester Head Office)

The General Medical Council (GMC) sets the standards for medical students and doctors across the UK. We support them to achieve and exceed those standards, with the aim of improving medical education and practice. We protect patients by taking appropriate action when these standards aren’t met.

Offering an excellent salary and benefits, this unique part-time role is an opportunity to join a diverse team of medical and lay case examiners. As a senior member of the fitness to practise team, your main responsibility will be to agree the outcome of an investigation with a lay colleague. In reaching a decision, you will use your medical knowledge and experience, communication, listening and analytical skills. The role will provide a valuable insight into work of the GMC, and the fairness of the investigation process. The experience of working in this role will provide a rich source of material for your personal development and appraisal.

You will be on the GP or specialist register in a general medical speciality, will hold a licence to practise and will maintain clinical commitments outside the GMC.

Previous experience of medico legal or tribunal work may be an advantage but is not essential, as comprehensive training and support will be provided.

The role is home based, but you will need to attend team and other occasional meetings in the Manchester or London offices. The initial training period will involve regular attendance at a GMC office, predominantly in Manchester.


PhD studentship: The ethical aspects of organoids at Leuven

14 February 2019

The application deadline is the 15th of March, 2019.

Host institution: Centre for biomedical ethics and law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven (Belgium)

In 2016 and 2017 the University of Leuven (KUL) was listed by Thomson Reuters in the annual list of Europe’s most innovative universities. The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (KUL-CBMER) is part of the University of Leuven and is a renowned research centre in Europe with expertise in ethics, law, philosophy and close links with various medical and care disciplines. You will be part of the broader research consortium Organovir.  Organovir is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) that focuses on the use of organoid technology and will provide 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). 

Project description

This project focuses on the ethical and social challenges of organoids (mini organs), with due attention to implications for policy. During this project, you will be focussing 1) on the ethical status of organoids and 2) on the implications of the use of organoids regarding the replacement and reduction of animals in experimental medical research.  This will be done by investigating the existing literature and setting up empirical tools to explore the attitudes and opinions of different stakeholders on the development of adaptive structures.  A cooperative analysis on ethical policies will be conducted in different European countries. This project also includes two secondments: one with the National (Dutch) Institute for Public Health and the Environment, and one with the Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing .

You will be guided during your research project by Kris Dierickx, professor of biomedical ethics at KU Leuven.

Requirements

Organovir is looking for research candidates who are highly motivated and enthusiastic with a flexible, pro-active team spirit and a recent Master degree in the field of (bio)ethics, philosophy, life/health sciences, biology, social or political sciences with interest in the ethics and governance of new biomedical technology. Experience with qualitative research methods is an advantage. The candidate is required to be proficient in the English language and should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career.

In addition, the applicant should not, at the time that he/she is selected by the host institution, have resided or carried out their work and/or studies in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.   

What we offer 

The selected candidates will be enrolled in a KU Leuven PhD program on a full-time basis for 36 months, and will receive a competitive salary in accordance with the EC MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.  Efforts will be made to acquire additional funding for the 4th PhD year.

The starting date of the research project is the 1st of September 2019.

Apply now


Job: Medico-legal consultant at the Medical Protection Society, Leeds

17 January 2019
Posted 08 Jan 2019
Closes 22 Jan 2019
Hours Full Time

Based in Leeds – Permanent
Salary circa £85,000 – £95,000 including benefits, plus 12% Pension, PMI & Cashplan

Medical Protection Society (MPS) is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. We protect and support the professional interests of more than 300,000 members around the world, in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, South Africa and Hong Kong.

We strive to be much more than a last line of defence by being at our members’ side at every step, offering support, advice and world-class defence. Membership provides access to expert advice and support together with the right to request indemnity for complaints or claims arising from professional practice.

We currently have a requirement for 2 Medicolegal Consultants (MLC) on a Permanent contract, based in our Leeds office.

As an MLC you will work closely with your colleagues across the wider department in order to provide support to members through Criminal, Disciplinary, Inquest and Regulatory cases.

MLCs are responsible for providing medicolegal advisory services but are also required to focus on strengthening the relationship with our members, the promotion of MPS and the interests of our members and the wider profession by means of education, teaching and involvement with external stakeholders and events.

The nature of the role means our MLCs are required to provide support, knowledge and mentoring to other colleagues and will sometimes be required to travel to offsite meetings and/or other MPS offices.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advising members by telephone and in correspondence, about a wide variety of medicolegal and ethical issues affecting their professional practice. This can include, but is not limited to: disciplinary, inquests and regulatory investigations, or a combination of one or more of these.
  • Investigating and evaluating cases affecting members where there may be a wide spectrum of potential risk to members’ professional standing. Making regular case-handling decisions, such as when to instruct legal advisers, taking into account the requirements of the individual case and member, in an effective and efficient manner.
  • To work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and to contribute to achieving team targets; to ensure cases are handled effectively and efficiently by making good use of the resources available within the team by showing leadership and support to other members of the team, and the organisation as a whole.
  • Attending meetings  as part of the handling of the handling of individual cases, supporting and counselling members, and working collaboratively with Legal Advisers
  • Representing members’ interest in a wide variety of circumstances.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • The job holder is required to have both graduate and, ideally, post graduate medical degrees and/or diplomas and to be fully registered (and licensed where appropriate ) with a recognised regulator (e.g. GMC, HPCSA)
  • Post graduate experience in clinical medicine.
  • A clear understanding of the legal and ethical principles that apply in relation to medical practice in the United Kingdom
  • A degree in Medical/Healthcare Ethics and Law is desirable, but not essential.
  • Demonstrable presentation and coaching skills

Voluntary position: Animals in Science Committee

17 January 2019

Do you want to play a key role in advising the government on a range of issues relating to the welfare of animals used in research?

If so, this is an exceptional opportunity to deliver reports and policy advice to ensure that government is best placed to maintain the highest standards in the welfare of animals used in research.

The Animals in Science Committee (ASC) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office to provide independent advice to the Government on the use of animals in scientific procedures, advise the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Bodies on good practice, and exchange information with other national bodies within the European Union.

We are seeking six new members with expertise in veterinary science, neuroscience, industry (pharmaceutical/toxicology), animal technology/welfare/3Rs and legal expertise (regulatory). The successful candidates will possess excellent communication and influencing skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to evaluate complex issues to reach a consensus.

This will be a three year appointment with the possibility of re-appointment. Applications are due on 28 January 2019.


Seminar: The Salvation Agenda: The Politics of Medical Humanitarianism During Zimbabwe’s Cholera Outbreak 2008/09

2 January 2019

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 5.30 – 7.00pm, Lecture Theatre, St Cross College, University of Oxford.

Speaker: Assoc. Professor Simukai Chigudu (Associate Professor of African Politics, Oxford Department of International Development)

Abstract: This paper examines the humanitarian politics of responding to Zimbabwe’s catastrophic cholera outbreak of 2008/09, the worst in African history. It demonstrates how humanitarian relief operations are riven by competing claims to leadership, authority and legitimacy but often converge on the ineluctable logic of saving lives – ‘the salvation agenda’. Nevertheless, the paper contends that the exigency of saving lives in this case did not, and could not, address the background political and socio-economic conditions that led to the epidemic. Thus, the paper explores the possibilities, pitfalls and paradoxes of the salvation agenda and mounts a novel critique of how the humanitarian industrial complex operates in Africa.

For further details and online booking please see https://bookwhen.com/uehiro

Enquiries to rachel.gaminiratne[at]philosophy.ox.ac.uk


Job: Post-doctoral research fellow in the Laws of Social Reproduction at KCL

18 December 2018

Research Associate, Laws of Social Reproduction

King’s College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Location: London
Salary: £37,412
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th December 2018
Closes: 13th January 2019
Job Ref: R6/FFL/2517/18-RN
 The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £37,412 per annum, inclusive of £3,223 per annum London Allowance.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a large-scale European Research Council funded project titled ‘Laws of Social Reproduction’. The project undertakes a comparison of the law’s regulation of five sectors of women’s labour including sex work, erotic dancing, commercial surrogacy, paid domestic work and unpaid domestic work.

The post-doctoral research associate (PDRA)’s main responsibilities are to conduct literature review across relevant disciplines, conduct qualitative research in India, analyse the field work data using suitable software, organise a major national level workshop involving numerous stakeholders including academics, activists and policy-makers, publish academic outputs and disseminate the research findings of the project.

Prior field work experience in India essential; field work experience in at least one of the five sectors of reproductive labour listed above is highly desirable. Proven research skills essential. Applications from doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in law, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, medical ethics and feminist economics are welcome.

The selection process will include a panel interview and a presentation.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact: Professor Prabha Kotiswaran, Prabha.kotiswaran [AT] kcl.ac.uk

To apply, please register with the King’s College London application portal and complete your application online. When applying, in the ‘Upload supporting documents’ section, please attach a personal statement to tell us why you are suitable for the role.

Please enclose writing sample relevant to the themes of the research project.