Job: Research Associate in negligence, Cambridge

31 May 2019

An excellent opportunity has arisen to work at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, on a two year collaborative research project involving the Faculty’s Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Science and THIS Institute.

 

Specifically, applications are invited for a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to conduct research on the law of negligence and communicating differential diagnosis to patients.

The project will investigate and critically evaluate the scope of a physician’s legal duties to record and communicate the uncertainty that is inherent in the process of developing a patient’s ‘differential diagnosis’. The aim of the project is not only to clarify how the law shapes the development and communication of differential diagnoses, but also assess whether and how the law in this area should be reformed.

The position requires a degree in law, with expertise in tort law. In addition, it requires a doctoral degree or equivalent work experience.

The funds for this post are available for two years from the start date.


Job: Lecturer in Bio Law at Brunel

13 March 2019

College of Business Arts & Social Sciences

Brunel Law School

Full Time
Closing Date 04/04/2019
Ref No 1349

Job Description

Division of Private and Commercial Law                                   

Salary: H3 – £39,511 – £50,843 per annum including London Allowance

Brunel University London is a research-intensive University ranked among the UK’s top 50 and London’s top 10 universities in the Complete University Guide 2018.  The University has a global reputation for combining academic excellence with the practical entrepreneurial and imaginative approach of its namesake, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It is an exciting time to be part of our team as it is going through a significant and exciting transformation.

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Bio Law in the Division of Private and Commercial in the Brunel Law School. Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in Bio Law. The appointments are being made to consolidate further the School’s strong research and teaching profile.

The successful candidate will have a strong research and publications record suitable for submission for the REF2021, and will be able to demonstrate coherent future research plans as well as the potential for obtaining external funding. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue research related to areas such as social and ethical dimensions of Bio Law and health care, bioethics, medical law and AI and health care.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching of Private Law foundation subjects (Tort, Contract, Land or Trust) at the undergraduate levels, to contribute to other undergraduate or postgraduate teaching as the need arises, to be able to demonstrate coherent future teaching plans and to undertake administrative duties within the School. Candidates must already hold a PhD or be able to evidence that they are very close to completing their PhD.

The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in at least one of the College research centres, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and Global Lives, or a University Research Institute.

The position is tenable as soon as possible, or from 1 September 2019.

Closing Date: 4 April 2019

Interviews will be held on 4 June 2019. 

The recruitment process involves a presentation, formal interview, and meeting with staff members.
For further information about this post, or to discuss it informally, please contact Dr Christian Heitsch, Head, Division of Private and Commercial Law – Christian.Heitsch [at] brunel.ac.uk

Radio: Test Case on Debbie Purdy and assisted suicide

27 February 2019

Two related programmes on BBC Radio 4, available now on BBC Sounds until 28 March 2019

Test Case: Debbie Purdy

Debbie Purdy was a journalist who fell in love with a Cuban jazz musician, just as she discovered that she had primary progressive MS. Years later, their love led to a legal challenge in the House of Lords. Debbie was asking for the law to be clarified. If her condition meant she needed an assisted death, would her husband be likely to be prosecuted? Debbie’s book “It’s Not Because I Want To Die”, a gutsy account of love, life and facing death, is dramatised by Joy Wilkinson, and features the music of Debbie’s husband, Omar Puente.

Test Case: The Legacy of Debbie Purdy

So what became of Debbie Purdy and her husband Omar, who inspired her case? Why did Debbie’s legal battle, which happened 10 years ago, have such an impact? Deborah Bowman discusses these questions with the people who were there: her husband, Omar Puente, her solicitor, Saimo Chahal, and Lord Falconer, the barrister and Labour peer who campaigned on the issue in Parliament.


Conference: Human rights in end of life care: putting theory into practice

26 February 2019

27th June 2019, 09.30-15.30

Bush House, Lecture Theatre 1, King’s College London, Aldwych, London

The conference will hear from expert speakers on human rights legal cases and how they are using a human rights framework in end of life care, as well as offering a chance to hear and reflect on in-practice outcomes and experiences, from the perspective of the end of life care practitioner, and most importantly, the service-user.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Sanchita Hosali, Director, British Institute of Human Rights
Tor Butler-Cole, Barrister and Trustee of Compassion in Dying (and MA Medical Ethics & Law alumna)
Richard Harding, Herbert Dunhill Chair & Director of the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care
Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Cardiff University, Coma & Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre

Tickets are free, and on a first come, first served basis.


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: 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.