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 in your practice.
Your employer will gain from this as you bring your enhanced skills back to your workplace, helping patient directly and also indirectly as you transfer knowledge and skills to your colleagues.
Our Advanced Course on Ethics seeks to build on the Ethics course that the APM runs - but attendance at the APM course is not required to attend the conference. 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 the subjects being different every 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
Chair: Professor Derek Willis
Derek Willis is Medical Director at Severn Hospice (Shropshire and Midwales) 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 rep on the WMCares research collaborative.
He is currently Treasurer of the APM and is on their Ethics Committee.
1. Dr Idris Baker, Chair, Ethics committee, Association for Palliative Medicine
‘Fluid and artificial feeding guidelines – problems & strengths’
2. Professor Derek Willis, Vice-chair, Ethics Committee, Association for Palliative Medicine
‘Whose responsibility is it to know what is true in scientific papers?’
3. Professor Dominic Wilkinson, Director of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
‘What is a good death?’
4. Nigel Warburton, freelance philosopher, podcaster and writer
5. Dr June Jones is 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. She 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.
‘Spirit-level ethics in palliative care’
Advanced Ethics in Palliative and End of Life Care
Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS
3rd April 2020
CPD Reference: 130342
Friday 3rd April 2020
Chairs: Dr Mary Miller & Professor Derek Willis
08:15 Registration (coffee/tea)
09:00 Personal Identity Nigel Warburton
10:15 Fluid and artificial feeding guidelines – problems & strengths Idris Baker
12:00 Whose responsibility is it to know what is true in scientific papers? Derek Willis
14:15 Spirit-level ethics in palliative care June Jones
15:30 What is a good death? Dominic Wilkinson
The conference aims to build your knowledge and skills in the field of ethics and aims to 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 to 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