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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: Virtual

Educational Credits: Reapplying to RCP as prior approval was for 6 points.


OxCERPCs first ever webcast!
The production will facilitate interactive discussion between facilitators and audience as well as the opportunity to write questions.


Confirmed Speakers:

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


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
08:30 Welcome and introduction
08:40 What is a good death? Professor Dominic Wilkinson
09:30 Break
09:35 Whose responsibility is it to know what is true in scientific papers? Professor Derek Willis
10:25 Coffee break
10.45 Fluid and artificial feeding guidelines – problems and strengths Dr Idris Baker
11:25 Break
11:30 Case presentation followed by panel discussion Dr Mary Miller and panel
12:30 Wrap up and feedback
12:45 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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