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

Registration for the conference is free, but compulsory. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understandings-of-advance-decision-making-an-interdisciplinary-conference-tickets-33922111950. Bursaries will be available to fund travel and accommodation costs for PhD students – please email S.Halliday[at]leeds.ac.uk 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).

Speakers

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).

Organisation

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.

 


Conference: The Abortion Act: A Promise Fulfilled?

13 July 2017

24 October 2017 – 25 October 2017
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Pl, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RG

Tickets and information

The passing of the 1967 Abortion Act was a landmark moment for our reproductive rights, achieved at the vanguard of a wave of liberalising change across the western world, and directly inspiring reform in a number of other countries.

But fifty years later, how well does the Act serve women today?

In the week of the Act’s fiftieth anniversary, this two-day conference will examine its impact, its shortcomings, and the extent to which its liberal proponents’ hopes have been realised.  Contributors including leading health care professionals, academics, policymakers, politicians, campaigners and service providers will address a range of important socio-legal, historical, political and clinical practice-based questions.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Universities of Bristol, Kent, and Leeds, and bpas, with generous funding from Wellcome.  It will be hosted by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Job: Research Assistant/Associate (Law) – Newcastle University – Institute of Health & Society

10 July 2017

Research Assistant/Associate (Law) – A76493R
Newcastle University – Institute of Health & Society
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 6th July 2017
Closes: 13th July 2017
Job Ref: 147248
Salary: Research Assistant – £26,829 – £28,452; Research Associate – £29,301 – £38,183

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and highly motivated part time legal researcher (0.5 FTE) to help develop a new project on economic, social and cultural rights in UK law. The Institute is committed to social justice, fairness and Health for All. Much of our work addresses the causes of poverty, inequalities in health and the social determinants of health. Our research is interdisciplinary and grounded in a Right to Health approach. We work within a public health and primary care paradigm so that our research and teaching must be relevant to the communities we serve, locally, nationally, and internationally.

You will have an Undergraduate and Master’s degree in law. A PhD in law or a related discipline is required for appointment at Associate level.

You should be able to demonstrate an interest in human rights, both legally and in the wider policy context, nationally and internationally, as well as expertise and analytical ability in economic, social and cultural rights.

The Institute of Health & Society is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students. Applications for part time/flexible working will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.

The post is available immediately and is tenable for 3 years.

Informal enquiries may be made to Peter Roderick (email: peter.roderick [at] ncl.ac.uk).


Job: Health & Welfare/Court of Protection Solicitor, NHS Wales

7 July 2017

We are looking for a talented and committed solicitor to work predominantly within our Complex Patient Team which deals with disputes in some of the most complex and sensitive clinical scenarios.

The Team advises and represents the NHS in Wales in the Court of Protection which includes cases involving Serious Medical Treatment and Deprivation of Liberty. The Team also advises on Mental Health legislation and works closely with our Inquest team in cases involving death in detention.

This is a genuinely rare opportunity to join a team that works closely with its clients at the front line of clinical practice where legal and ethical problems are common.

You will be part of an experienced team that offers exciting opportunities not available elsewhere in Wales.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post

Closing date – 6th August 2017

For further details / informal visits contact:
Gavin Knox [KCL MA MEL alumnus]
02920 903713


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] upce.cz. Please state the name of the position in the e-mail subject.

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