About this event

  • Date and time Wed 12 Jun 2019 from 9:00am to 5:10pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Open, 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

Call for abstracts: Are guidelines the answer to good medical practice?

As part of the conference, “The ethics of survival and flourishing in 21st Century Healthcare,” there will be a session at which participants can present their work and ideas in the form of a poster presentation.  

Posters may deal with any issues within the field of primary care ethics. They may focus on clinical practice, on teaching and personal development, or on research (empirical or philosophical) within this field.   Posters focusing on the main theme of the day are also particularly welcome and these need not necessarily be restricted to primary healthcare, though they should have implications that transcend professional boundaries. The best poster presenter will be invited to give a short oral presentation.  

Poster abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should include the title of the poster, the names of presenting and other authors, and their professional role and affiliation. They do not have to follow the traditional format of introduction, method, results, conclusions, but should make clear the issue or issues which will considered,  the approach to be  taken, and the conclusions  drawn from its study.  Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the conference organising committee. Abstracts accepted for posters will be notified by email by March 15th 2019 

Posters should be A0 in size and portrait orientation. Posters should ideally be printed. At least one poster presenter must be available on the day and are asked to ensure that their posters are in place as early as possible - no later than 12.30pm. Presenters are asked to be near their poster to be able discuss their poster with participants for at least half of the lunchtime period.  

The deadline for submissions is Monday 1 April 2019.

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Standard pricing available until 11 June 2019.

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.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Trainee RSM Retired Fellow RSM Student
£84.00 £60.00 £60.00 £60.00 £36.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
£140.00 £100.00 £100.00 £60.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session one

Dr Paquita De Zulueta

Professional self-awareness in four not-so easy questions

Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Moral distress

Dr Sian Rees, Co-Director, Oxford Empathy Programme

Tea and coffee break with poster exhibition

Session two

Dr Selena Knight, King's College London

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 and the primary care curriculum
    Dr Selena Knight

  3. Ethics support in primary care
    Professor Edward Peile, Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick
Lunch and poster exhibition
Workshop rotation two
  1. Ethics at the interface between interprofessional teams
    Dr Sian Rees

  2. Inside the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Ethics Committee

  3. What is a flourishing practice for practitioners and patients?
The ethics of saying ‘no’. An exploration of moral exploitation and boundaries

Dr Joshua Parker, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break with poster exhibition

Session three

Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Prize for best primary care ethics poster, and elevator pitch from prize winner
Political activism, a medical duty or a civic right?

Dr Helen Salisbury, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Communication Skills, University of Oxford

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

Networking dinner

For those who have booked


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

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