Clinical Ethics Training Day – One Day Course


Clinical Ethics Consultation 2020

As part of our remit to offer support for clinical ethics support services, the Centre for Ethics in Medicine is planning to run a clinical ethics support training day.

NOTICE: IN light of the Covid-19 outbeak, the clincial ethics day planned for 19th March has been postponed for the duration of the pandemic. 

The one-day event will consist of seminars covering aspects of clinical ethics consultation and discussion of case studies. The course will focus on methods of clinical ethics consultation, supplemented with teaching on ethical theory. Focusing on a single case, in the morning we will describe several frameworks for case discussion, giving worked examples, before moving on to an overview of ethical theory. The overview will revisit the case under discussion and indicate what these theories may bring to the table, as well as considering what current understanding of moral psychology may tell us about the limitations of theory. A lecture by CEM’s Jonathan Ives on moral distress will consider the impact of practice on clinicians.

In the afternoon, you will work in facilitated groups using the frameworks and theories you have learned about on exemplar cases, most drawn from practice, including some that have been submitted by local committees, before returning for an interactive discussion of the cases with a panel drawn from CEM faculty.  The emphasis is on equipping ethics committee members with opportunities to improve their skills. A two course lunch is provided, together with regular refreshments.

The course costs £200.

For any enquires, please contact Dr Giles Birchley (

This course will help you to

  • Critically engage with some topical debates in clinical ethics
  • Develop your awareness and understanding of ethical theories
  • Use theory to gain insights into difficult cases
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