Job: Teaching Fellow in Medical Ethics

7 August 2017
The main purpose of the Teaching Fellow position is to contribute to the delivery of modules on the MA in Medical Ethics and Law and MSc in Mental Health, Ethics and Law at King’s College London. This role particularly involves expertise in mental health ethics. 

The position is within the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Dickson Poon School of Law.  The Centre was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and is an international leader in research and teaching within the field. 

The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £32,958- £39,324 per annum, plus £2,623 per annum London Allowance. 

This post is a full-time, fixed term contract for 6 months, to start at the beginning of January 2018.

Interviews will be in the week commencing: 4/09/2017.

Closing date for applications: 27th August 2017 
Job pack including person specification and application process:

Inquires to:

The Centre

The Centre of Medical Law and Ethics in the Dickson Poon School of Law was the first centre of its kind in the United Kingdom and is an international leader in research and teaching within the field. It runs a long-standing and highly acclaimed MA in Medical Ethics and Law, and jointly with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience the centre also now offers an MSc in Mental Health, Ethics and Law.

Members of the centre have a record of attracting competitive research grants and making an impact on policy debate and development, regulation and clinical practice through their research. With colleagues in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, centre members have recently secured a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award on Mental Health and Justice. This collaboration across a number institutions is generating a vibrant research community, and the Teaching Fellow will have the opportunity engage with its activities.

The Programmes

The Medical Ethics and Law MA is designed for medical and legal professionals as well as graduates from any relevant discipline, and involves the study of ethical and legal questions raised by medical practice and science.

Further information is available here:

The Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc is a strongly interdisciplinary programme designed to investigate the interface between mental health, ethics and law at a theoretical level, and to engage directly with the dilemmas and experience of illness encountered in practice. The programme aims to develop the skills necessary to analyse and critique law, practice and policy in relation to mental health, equipping graduates to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy.

Further information is available here:

Please see the links below for supporting information about the School and Centre:

Job: Legal Consultant at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Amsterdam

31 July 2017

AHF Europe runs the Checkpoint Amsterdam, a service that provides rapids HIV testing and counselling. The WHO recommends the use of lay testers or non-medical staff in HIV rapid testing in community based settings; currently in the Netherlands there is no specific framework to support the use of lay testers. We are looking for a professional with a background in health law or policy to conduct a thorough review of the current legal framework in the Netherlands related to provision of HIV/AIDS testing services and finger prick techniques. The aim of this is to identify and propose a compliant legal structure for AHF, draft documentation and a step plan to introduce and perform in the Netherlands community based rapid testing for HIV/AIDS. There may also be the need for a report analysing the relative pieces of legislation and documents of European Union, UN, WHO, etc, which would support the conclusions of his legal research. The Work Product should have the level of professionalism, detail and quality that will allow AHF to make publications, press conferences, implement changes in its activities, based on the conclusions of the legal research as performed by the Consultant. We are looking for a candidate who speaks English and Dutch and is available for approximately 2 months to complete the review and related reports. It is important for the candidate to be able to work independently and meet the deadline agreed upon. A Master’s degree in Law and experience in the field is a must. PhD in legal studies in a relevant field will be considered an advantage. This will be a paid assignment. If you are interested in this, please send a one page cover letter and your CV to Alena Davies alena.davies [at]

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a Los Angeles-based global non-profit provider of HIV prevention services, testing, and healthcare for HIV patients. AHF provides medical care and services in 38 countries worldwide. AHF Europe, part of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is a provider of user oriented HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care services across Europe in partnership with government and non-government organisations, and advocates for access to these services for all in need. With more than 50, 000 patients in care in Russia, Ukraine, and Estonia and a total of 613,000 people tested (2013-2016) across Europe, AHF Europe is the largest HIV testing and treatment service provider in Europe.

Job: Policy officer at the HFEA

31 July 2017

Policy Officer
Fixed term contract (maternity cover)

Location: London

Salary: £25,000 plus benefits

Closing dates for applicants: 04/08/2017

We are looking for a fixed-term, full time Policy Officer to support a wide range of policy-related work. A key part of this will be to support Policy Managers in managing stakeholder groups and in carrying out reviews of HFEA policy, which can involve drafting committee papers, analysing consultation responses and giving policy advice. You will be working on various areas of policy, including on reducing multiple births, sperm and egg donation and fertility preservation. The successful candidate will also be responsible for dealing with patient, public and sector enquiries relating to all our policy areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who can work effectively as part of a team, and who has good written and verbal communication skills – including an ability to handle sensitive patient enquiries. You should be able to demonstrate experience of project management and of working with a variety of stakeholders. You should also have the skills required to undertake literature searches, be confident at analysing information, and have the ability to summarise and identify key points from a wide range of evidence.

Given the varied nature of this role, good time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks effectively, is key. You will be educated to degree level (or be educated or have experience to an equivalent level) with good IT skills.

This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in supporting the Policy team to help ensure that everyone in the UK affected by assisted reproduction receives high quality care. You will have the chance to make a real and tangible difference to our work and the lives of patients. For more information about the work we do, please visit our website.

Please visit NHS Jobs to apply for this position

Job: Post-doc in Mental Health & Justice

27 July 2017

York Law School, in collaboration with King’s College London. 

Full-time position, 2.2 years.

Closing date for applications: 25th August 2017.

We wish to appoint a fixed-term full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on the ‘Enabling legal capacity through decision making support’ work stream within the ‘Mental Health and Justice’ Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award project.  Based in York Law School, you will work with Matt Matravers and Jillian Craigie (King’s College, London) on moral and legal questions that surround the idea that respecting persons means respecting their (expressed) preferences in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

Further details and candidate brief here.

Job: Early Career Fellow in Bioethics at University of Edinburgh 

25 July 2017

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Law
Salary: £32,004 to £38,183
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 18th July 2017
Closes: 15th August 2017
Job Ref: 040561

Applications are invited for an Early Career Fellow in the School of Law in the field of Bioethics with a particular focus on the areas of biotechnology regulation and/or bioethics of human data and samples.

The successful candidate will be expected to make an excellent contribute to the teaching programme of the School of Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level and the ability to teach bioethics to both undergraduates and postgraduates is essential. They will also have a record of achievement in and well-developed future plans for their research. They should have either completed a PhD (or be very close to completion of one) or be able to demonstrate comparable research experience and excellent potential. They will provide clear evidence of the ability to produce written work of high quality and to communicate that work through conferences, presentations and by other means.

The duties of appointees include research, teaching and administration as specified in the contract of the University of Edinburgh and as agreed by the Head of School.

This is a full-time (35 hours per week), fixed term post until September 2019.

Closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 15th August 2017.

Lecture: Richard Huxtable on ‘A Balance of Opposites? Ethics, Judges and Minimally Conscious Patients’

18 July 2017

2017 Institute of Medical Ethics Public Lecture

Tuesday September 26th, 2017, 17.00 for 17.45, followed by a drinks reception at 19.15.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BE

Richard Huxtable, Professor of Medical Ethics & Law, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol, will give a talk titled “‘A Balance of Opposites? Ethics, Judges and Minimally Conscious Patients’

This event is free but you must register.


Conference: European Understandings of Advance Decision-Making

14 July 2017

12th September, 2017, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

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


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.

Keynote speakers

Professor John Ellershaw (Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Liverpool)
Professor Rob Heywood (Professor of Medical Law, University of East Anglia).


Dr Louise Bramley, University of Nottingham: Negotiating care services with frailty: Implications for decision making and advance care panning.  Abstract

Astrid Gieselmann & Professor Jochen Vollmann, Ruhr Universität Bochum: How should advance directives be implemented in psychiatry? Clinicians’ attitudes toward different types of advance directives in psychiatric treatment in Germany.  Abstract

Dr Samantha Halliday, University of Leeds, & Professor Jean McHale, University of Birmingham: Basic care, advance decisions and the Burke effect. Abstract

Dr Ruth Horn: “Why should I question a patient’s wish?” A comparative study on physicians’ perspectives on their duties to respect advance directives.  Abstract

Gillian Loomes, University of York: Cripping the Crystal Ball: Exploring the Synergies and Tensions when Advance Care Planning and Disability Politics Meet.  Abstract

Dr Alicia Perez Blanco, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Madrid: Can advance care planning enhance decision-making at end-of-life in the Intensive Care Unit?  Abstract

Kevin De Sabbata, University of Leeds, Advance Directives, Dementia and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A new role for anticipated will.  Abstract

Professor Jo Samanta, De Montfort University: Advance decisions and Welfare LPAs: belt and braces for advance care planning?  Abstract

Dr Lucy Stephenson, Kings’ College London: Provision for Self-Binding Advance Directives Should be Included in Mental Health Act Reform.  Abstract

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.

Further information here.