Conference: Regulating Healthcare: The NHS at 70

8 November 2017

Date: Friday 12 January 2018, 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: University of Liverpool London Campus, Finsbury Square

This one-day symposium explores the current challenges facing the NHS including: the role of competition, accountability, the cost of ‘lifestyle’ diseases and the capacity of public regulatory arrangements to ensure that services benefit patients.

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

Discussion: Distributive Justice

25 March 2013

Hippocrates’ Cave Discussion: Distributive Justice -The ethical challenges of health care practitioners

Wednesday 3rd April 2013, 8.00pm

The Kings Arms, 190 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9PN

This event is part of HIPPOCRATES’ CAVE, a pub philosophy group: A place to relax and idle in debate over a friendly drink, organised by David Munns. The event is for aspiring medical philosophers and ethicists.

Debate: NICE and infertility treatment

25 March 2013

You are invited to attend the Progress Educational Trust’s FREE public debate ‘NICE TRY…BUT IS ANYONE LISTENING?‘ at London’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Tuesday 16 April 2013. This event is taking place from 6.30pm-8pm, and is sponsored by the British Fertility Society.

The debate will see speakers including DR JAMES KINGSLAND (President of the National Association of Primary Care) and DR YACOUB KHALAF (Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Assisted Conception Unit) debate the key changes that have recently been made to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)’s Clinical Guideline on Fertility.

The provision of fertility services on the NHS has fallen short of the standards set by NICE’s original 2004 fertility guideline. The updated guideline expands the range of people who may be eligible for NHS-funded treatment, giving hope to those who may previously have been denied treatment on grounds including age or having a same-sex partner. These hopes may be dashed, however, if the current provision of fertility treatment does not improve.

This debate will consider the current levels of access to treatment in England, as well as the finer detail of the updated fertility guideline and what the future holds. If you should like to attend, please RSVP by email at sstarr [at]

In addition to being invited to attend the 16 April event, you are also invited to respond to an online poll about donor conception which forms part of its Wellcome Trust supported project ‘WHEN IT TAKES MORE THAN TWO’.

The poll contains six questions (all of which were suggested by audiences at the Progress Educational Trust’s last three public events) and takes only a few minutes to complete. All responses will be anonymous.

Summer School in Health Law and Ethics

23 March 2012

The Erasmus Observatory is proud to announce the Annual Summer School on Health Law and Ethics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In a two-week period, from 18th of June until 29th June 2012, various aspects of health law and ethics will be taught. The course is designed to enhance the preparation of health professionals confronted with legal and ethical issues. Phd and Master students in this field are also welcome to participate. The course focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects of health law and ethics.

The topics of this year are:
Week 1: Human Rights & Health, Essential Medicine, Bioethics and the Law
Week 2: Sexual & Reproductive health, Health Care Rationing and Global Health Law

Registration is open now!

Debates: inter-medical school debates on issues in medical ethics

15 March 2012
  • Should Somatic support be prolonged for a brain dead woman who is 23 weeks pregnant until the foetus can be safely delivered with a good chance of survival?
  • Should a 15 year old be allowed to refuse chemotherapy?
  • Should a non UK resident be provided with dialysis funded by the NHS?

Come and hear debates on these and other issues at the inaugural inter-medical school ethics debating competition on Wednesday 28th March, 5 – 7.30 in the Burroughs Room, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE.

The judging panel includes:

Dr Marika Davies, Medico-legal adviser, MPS, Dr Julian Sheather, Ethics Manager, Medical Ethics Department, British Medical Association and Dr David Misselbrook, Dean of Royal Society of Medicine

Refreshments kindly provided by Wellcome

RSVP: Dr Carolyn Johnston, Adviser Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London, carolyn.johnston [at]

Doctoral positions: Global effects of resource allocation, legal and cultural factors on end of life decision making in paediatric critical illness

27 January 2012

Dr David Inwald, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Intensive Care at Imperial College (and KCL MA Medical Ethics and Law alumnus), is looking for potential PhD students to investigate “Global effects of resource allocation, legal and cultural factors on end of life decision making in paediatric critical illness”. If interested please contact Dr Inwald at d.inwald [at]