About this event

  • Date and time Wed 4 Mar 2020 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare

Medical ethics is part of both the formal (MRCGP/GMC) curriculum and the informal (what clinicians should know) curriculum. It is tested in examinations and in daily practice, and a sensitive topic for work placed based assessment and appraisal. The move to inter-professional working means that ethical skills are relevant to the entire practice team. Dr Papanikitas and Dr Spicer have been teaching ethics to GPs and other healthcare professionals for over 10 years. They are authors of the BMA Medical Book Award Winning Handbook of Primary Care Ethics.

Course Aims: To raise awareness of ethics in training curricula and medical practice and to offer key knowledge and skills in ethics for medical trainees
Course Objectives: The course-day will cover
• Recognition of an ethical issue in practice
• Ethics in the training Curriculum/for Revalidation
• Main approaches to ethical reasoning
• Inter-professional ethics
• Case analysis and safe reflection as well as sources of ethics support

The course is intended to be interactive and will be taught and facilitated by both tutors. Delegates are asked to bring with them practice-relevant (clinical or non-clinical) issues and scenarios that they would like to reflect on with facilitation. Trainees from non GP specialities who wish to address ethics in their professional life and training portfolio are also welcome.

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Key speakers

Dr John Spicer

Dr John Spicer


Speaker's biography

Dr John Spicer is a General Practitioner in Croydon. He is an experienced provider and commissioner of medical education: a past head of school for HEE South London and a past lecturer in medical ethics at St George’s medical School. He currently serves on the RCGP ethics committee and teaches ethics and communication skills to medical students and qualified doctors. He has written many chapters and papers and several books on medical ethics focusing on the Primary Care and Educational Settings, not least the BMA award winning Handbook of Primary Care Ethics.

Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Dr Andrew Papanikitas


Speaker's biography

Andrew Papanikitas is the current president of the RSM General Practice and Primary Healthcare Section.  He is currently a GP in central Oxford and teaches at the University of Oxford. He serves as a deputy-chair on the Royal College of General Practitioners’ ethics committee. 

He has written several books and chapters themes relating to both clinical examinations and to medical ethics, including the ‘Crash course in medical ethics and sociology.’ He peer-reviews for several journals. Dr Papanikitas’ PhD thesis, “From the classroom to the clinic: ethics education and general practice” explores ethics education in UK general practice. In January 2014 he was appointed director for the Society of Apothecaries’ Diploma Course in philosophy and ethics of healthcare - the UK's first postgraduate course in Bioethics. His last two books, on Primary care Ethics, and Marketisation and Healthcare won (respectively) best in category and commendation at the BMA medical book awards.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Engaging with medical ethics: A refresher

Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President, General Practice and Primary Healthcare Section, The Royal Society of Medicine, Honorary Tutor in General Practice, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford and Director, WSAL Course in Philosophy and Ethics

Ethics and the trainee curriculum

Dr John Spicer, General Practitioner, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Mapping learning needs: What are the ethical issues encountered in everyday practice?

Dr Andrew Papanikitas and Dr John Spicer

Tea and coffee break
The society in which we practice: Contractarianism and healthcare

Dr Andrew Papanikitas and Dr John Spicer

Case analysis and safe reflection

Dr Andrew Papanikitas and Dr John Spicer

Tea and coffee break
Inter-professional ethics

Dr John Spicer

Professionalism and self reflection

Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Sources of support: Final discussion
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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