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Advanced Ethics in Palliative and End of Life Care

As healthcare practitioners, we are faced with ethical dilemmas and difficult decisions on a daily basis. What to do when there is a conflict between what the patient wishes to do and what their family thinks should be done? How do we navigate a difference in opinion in our team about what a good death looks like? We must examine facts, balance alternatives and think through complex issues.

This conference will provide you with an opportunity to build your confidence, will enhance your skills and help you to develop strategies for dealing with difficult situations. By considering, discussing and debating a number of ethical dilemmas with others, you will increase your knowledge and learn how best to apply this knowledge and your enhanced skills to your practice.

Your employer will gain from this as you bring your enhanced skills back to your workplace, helping patients directly and also indirectly as you transfer knowledge and skills to your colleagues.

Our Advanced Ethics course seeks to build on the ethics course run by the APM, although attendance at the APM course is not a requirement. This advanced course looks at philosophical topics relating to palliative medicine and examines ethical issues more widely. Accessible speakers from the clinical and academic world are asked to speak on a variety of topics – with different subjects each year.

Audience: Palliative care specialists (multi-disciplinary), healthcare practitioners with an interest in ethics, ethicists.

Location: St Anne's College, University of Oxford

Educational Credits: 6 CPD points


Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College, University of Oxford


Confirmed Speakers:

Dr Idris Baker Chair, Ethics Committee, Association for Palliative Medicine


Dr June Jones Head of the Edge Hill University Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Programme Lead of the Masters in Surgery at the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Edge Hill University
June Jones is moved from intensive care nursing into academic teaching and research to facilitate a focus on pragmatic ethics in healthcare education. Her specific interests involve the way in which cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs influence professional and patient interactions. She has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her innovative approach to teaching biomedical ethics. She has created interprofessional bioethics learning packages and video consultation materials which aid clinical communication and ethics.


Nigel Warburton Freelance philosopher, podcaster and writer


Professor Dominic Wilkinson Director of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford


Professor Derek Willis Vice-chair, Ethics Committee, Association for Palliative Medicine
Derek Willis is Medical Director at Severn Hospice (Shropshire and Mid Wales) and an Honorary Chair at the University of Chester in Bioethics and Palliative Medicine. At present he is working in partnership with Robert Jones Agnes Hunt Hospital and Muscular Dystrophy UK to explore what palliative medicine provision should be for adult patients with muscular dystrophies. He has been part of a governmental review at the House of Lords concerning this.
Derek is both GP and Physician trained and has worked in New Zealand, the Midlands and the North East. He teaches medical ethics at three universities and has a higher qualification as well as a research interest in the subject. He is academic representative on the WMCares research collaborative.
He is currently Treasurer of the APM and is on their Ethics Committee.

Course Programme

Friday 18th September 2020

Chairs: Dr Mary Miller and Professor Derek Willis
08:15 Registration (coffee/tea)
08:45 Welcome
09:00 Personal Identity - TBC
10:15 Fluid and artificial feeding guidelines – problems and strengths - Idris Baker
11:30 Coffee/tea
12:00 Whose responsibility is it to know what is true in scientific papers? - Derek Willis
13:15 Lunch
14:15 Spirit-level ethics in palliative care - TBC
15:30 What is a good death? - Dominic Wilkinson
16:45 End

Course Aims

The conference aims to build your knowledge and skills in the field of ethics and enable you to transfer your skills to clinical care


By attending the conference you will:

• Have an opportunity to enjoy learning with your colleagues
• Develop your ability to apply knowledge gained to the management of clinical issues with ethical complexities in your practice
• Develop knowledge and skills to impact and support the decisions considered by your patients and those they love
• Be supported to bring your learning back to your organisation
• Have an opportunity to network with your peers

Key benefits include:

• A high standard of professional knowledge
• Excellent teaching
• Time for questions, discussion and building your networks
• Support to set educational goals for the coming year
• Superb value for money
• Experienced and enthusiastic administrative staff
• Focus on participants, not profit – any surplus ploughed back into education

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