About this event

  • Date and time Wed 12 Jun 2019 from 9:00am to 5:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Medicine and Society, General Practice with Primary Healthcare

This event will highlight and discuss perennial problems of 21st century healthcare: morale and self-care, moral distress sustainable goals and practical wisdom. Expert speakers and workshop leaders will examine the ethics of survival and flourishing as a practitioner, educator, policymaker or patient. This will enable inter-professional learning with speakers from academic, educational, practice and patient advocacy backgrounds.

This meeting is 8th Primary Care Ethics conference to be run by the GP & PHC Section and the Open Section at the RSM.

The day is suitable for all with a professional healthcare roles, including academics, educators, practitioners and patients.

As this is the 8th Primary Care Ethics Conference, the meeting will also be of interest to (and a networking opportunity for) those with an academic, educational or clinical interest in the ethics of primary healthcare.

Topics include:

  • The ethics of surviving and flourishing in the healthcare setting
  • Learn about a variety of moral and ethical support strategies, from self-reflection to attending conferences
  • Learn about moral distress, moral exploitation, and activism in the healthcare workplace
  • Learn about the potential for clinicians and patients having shared goals
  • How to access ethics support

Bursary funding

Bursary funding has been applied for, to cover the delegate fee of medical students and medical trainees. This will be offered to those whose abstracts are accepted on a first come/served basis according to the date of an accepted submission. In the event that a poster has multiple authors we will offer a maximum of two places per poster.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Andrew Papanikitas, Senior Clinical Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Session one

Chair: Dr Paquita de Zulueta, President, Open Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Professional self-awareness in four not-so easy questions

Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Moral distress

Dr Siân Rees, Director, Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience, Oxford Academic Health Science Network and Fellow, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break with poster exhibition

Session two

Flourishing and activating - not mutually exclusive for us or our patients

Anya De Longh, Patient Editor, The British Medical Journal

Workshop rotation one
  1. What does practical wisdom look like?
    Mervyn Conroy, Phronesis Group, University of Birmingham

  2. Ethics support in primary care: People, processes and precepts
    Professor Edward Peile, Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick
Lunch and poster exhibition
Workshop rotation two
  1. Ethics at the interface between interprofessional teams
    Dr Siân Rees and Dr John Spicer, Head of Primary Care Education and Development, Health Education England, South London

  2. What is a flourishing practice for practitioners and patients?
    Mr John Norton, Lay Partner, North West London Lay Partners Advisory Group
The ethics of saying ‘no’. An exploration of moral exploitation and boundaries

Dr Joshua Parker, GPST1 and Education Fellow in Ethics and Law, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break with poster exhibition

Session three

Chair: Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Prize for best primary care ethics poster, and elevator pitch from prize winner
Should doctors be political?

Dr Helen Salisbury, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Communication Skills, University of Oxford and Columnist, British Medical Journal

Situated learning and the Genethics Club

Professor Michael Parker and Professor Anneke Lucassen, The Genethics Club Steering Group

The ethics of survival and flourishing – what now?

A panel discussion with workshop leads sharing key insights from the workshop

Closing remarks and close of meeting
Drinks reception

All delegates are welcome


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

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