Seminar: Current Legal Challenges for the NHS

10 November 2016

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016  6.00pm – 7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DD

Topics to be covered include:

  • NHS consultations – general principles
  • Public sector equality duty – potential pitfalls
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans – the future of the NHS

RSVP TO peter.campbell [AT]

Event: Have professionalism and trust in the NHS been destroyed by regulation?​

11 April 2015

Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 18.30

Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London.

Join hosts Professor Stephen Challacombe (Guy’s, Dentistry, 1968) and Diana Garnham (War Studies, 1979) and a leading panel of experts for an evening of debate and discussion. The panel will discuss the effect of regulations on trust and professionalism within the NHS and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and review your stance on the subject.

The panel includes:

Professor Sir Cyril Chantler (Guy’s, Medicine, 1963) who has held many senior positions in medical organisations including NHS trusts, the General Medical Council and the King’s Fund. He is also a past Principal of UMDS.

Ms Joanna Glynn QC who has expertise in professional regulation relating to healthcare and worked with the Royal Society as a member of the Review Panel of Neuroscience and the Law, published in 2011.

Baroness Onora O’Neill, a philosopher focussing on the roles of trust and accountability in public life, a crossbench member of the House of Lords and Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE (St Thomas’, Medicine, 1978), Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the Care Quality Commission. He held many positions at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital before becoming the Government’s ‘Cancer Tsar’ from 1999-2012.

A reception will follow immediately after the event.

This event is free and open to all but you must book a place here.

Workshop: Old Markets, New Markets: Health Law after the 2012 Act

7 June 2013

Date & Venue

27 June 2013
School of Law Sheffield, UK

Workshop Summary

  • 30 specialist speakers and discussants
  • Access to papers and resources
  • Time to network and share your research
  • Lunch and refreshments included


Panel 1: International experiences of markets in health

Panel 2: Markets and market failures – a more domestic perspective

Panel 3: Impact on vulnerable groups

Panel 4: Capacity building post the 2011 Report (Innovation, Health and Wealth) and 2012 Act

Panel 5: Medical malpractice in a post-2012 context

Book your place on-line today

Standard Rate – £75.00 | Student Rate – £50.00

Radio: Unmasking Medicine: Ian Kennedy’s Reith Lectures 1980

15 July 2011

As part of the Reith Lectures Archive, BBC Radio 4 has made available for free download the six Reith Lectures given by the founder of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy entitled Unmasking Medicine. From the iTunes Store, simply search for ‘Reith Kennedy’ (the episodes are free to download), or you can download them from the BBC website by right-clicking on the links below:

RLA: 1980 1. The Rhetoric of Medicine

Wed, 5 Nov 80

29 mins

British academic lawyer, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his first Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores the concepts of modern medicine.

RLA: 1980 2. The New Magicians

Wed, 12 Nov 80

29 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his second Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He compiles a list of the inappropriate directions that modern medicine has taken and explains why he believes modern medicine has taken the wrong path.

RLA: 1980 3. Suffer the Little Children

Wed, 19 Nov 80

30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his third Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores how to make the National Health Service more efficient and gives his own conceptual blueprint of how he believes it should work.

RLA: 1980 4. If I Were You, Mrs B

Wed, 26 Nov 80

30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his fourth Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He debates whether doctors are trained enough to make the right judgements on moral and ethical decisions.

RLA: 1980 5. The Doors of Mental Illness

Wed, 3 Dec 80

30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his fifth Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores the concepts of mental illness and demonstrates the shaky ground that it rests on.

RLA: 1980 6. Let’s Kill All the Lawyers

Wed, 10 Dec 80

30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his final Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explains how consumerism sets standards, measures performances and provides sanctions for the medical profession.”

Lecture: Fairness in end of life care – quality or quantity or both?

31 May 2011

The Age UK and Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London Annual Lecture in memory of David Hobman

Monday 20 June 2011

The Great Hall, Strand Campus, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2

The lecture will begin at 1800 hours and light refreshments will be available from 1730 hours.

Speaker: Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay is a consultant in palliative medicine at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and team leader for the chronic pain management programme.  She is also a Professor of Palliative Care Medicine at Cardiff University.  Baroness Finlay is a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and was President of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2006-2008. She was a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill and chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dying Well.

A wine reception will follow the lecture.  If you would like to attend, please email gerontology [at]

Radio: organ shortage

23 March 2011

File on 4, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 27 March 2011 at 5pm (40 minutes), available now via the iPlayer or as a podcast

“Is the NHS doing enough to combat the crisis in organ donations for transplants? Allan Urry examines the challenge of ensuring more suitable donors are available at a time when those waiting for life saving operations are increasing. Surgeons are reporting worse outcomes for some patients, as poorer quality organs have to be used because of chronic shortages. This comes despite a big drive by the Department of Health to improve availability. But, are opportunities to recover more organs being missed because of the way doctors manage the care of patients who are close to death?”

TV: 23 Week Babies: The Price of Life

7 March 2011

Wednesday 9 March 2011, 21:00-22:00 on BBC Two, available after broadcast via the iPlayer

“Babies born four months early – in the 23rd week of pregnancy – exist on the very edge of life. A few go on to become the ‘miracle babies’ of glossy magazines, but most die. Award-winning director Adam Wishart has unprecedented access to the babies born in such extreme prematurity on a Birmingham neonatal unit, and asks the difficult question: is it always right to keep them alive?”