Medical ethics

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6 CPD credits applied for

  • Virtual

We will not be running face to face courses until further notice. When the situation changes we will update our website. In the meantime we are offering this as a virtual course.

Explore medical ethics, and ethical culture and change in and after a pandemic. This interactive course will exercise your ethical thinking and provide the opportunity for debate and discussion.

Course content 

  • The principles of medical ethics and how ethical standards might change.
  • Balancing justice and autonomy during and after a pandemic.
  • The ethics of physician-assisted dying.
  • The ethics of leadership and the principle of stewardship.
  • Population health management.

Who should attend?

  • Consultants/specialists
  • GPs
  • Hospital doctors
  • Training grade doctors (GPST1-4 and ST1-8)
  • Foundation doctors (F2 only) 


Mike Roddis

Dr Mike Roddis


Director, MJ Roddis Associates Ltd.

Mike, a former pathologist, has worked as a medical director in the NHS and in the independent healthcare sector. He now works with NHS trusts and others to help them improve the performance of doctors. In particular, he works with individuals to improve their interpersonal and professional skills, and with teams of clinicians who seek help to improve their performance. He is an experienced investigator of conduct and capability issues in consultants, works as a consultancy adviser to the Royal College of Pathologists and sits on the advisory board of CORESS (a confidential reporting system for surgery).

Claire McLaughlan

Claire McLaughlan

RN, LLB (Hons), MA (Health Professional Education)

MJ Roddis Associates Ltd.

Now an independent consultant, Claire originally trained as an intensive care nurse and healthcare professional educator. More latterly, she studied law and qualified as a barrister. As a former associate director of the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), Claire has a particular interest in remediation, re-skilling and rehabilitation of individual healthcare professionals and the dynamics, culture and communication within teams. Before joining NCAS, Claire was head of fitness to practise at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Dr Kathryn Leask

Dr Kathryn Leask BSc (Hons) MBChB (Hons) LLB MA MRCPCH FFFLM MRCPathME DMedEth

MDU medico-legal adviser

Kathryn has been a medico-legal adviser with the MDU since 2007 and is a team leader, trainer and mentor in the medical advisory department. Before joining the MDU, she worked in paediatrics gaining her MRCPCH in 2002 and did her specialty training in clinical genetics. She has an MA in Health Care Ethics and Law, a Bachelor of Law and a Professional Doctorate in Medical Ethics. She is also a fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and has previously been an examiner and deputy chief examiner for the faculty. Kathryn is currently a member of the faculty’s training and education subcommittee and a member of the Royal College of Pathologists (medical examiner).

Dr Samantha Bell


MDU medico-legal adviser

Dr Samantha Bell studied medicine at Guy's Hospital Medical School and qualified in 1992. After gaining MRCP she went on to train as a GP, gaining MRCGP in 2003. She obtained an LLM in Health Care Ethics and Law in 2015. She worked as a GP principal in Hertfordshire before joining the MDU as a medico-legal adviser in 2015.

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Virtual

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  • GP, East Croydon
  • 11 March 2020 3:30PM

Interesting and interactive course. Small group. Good overview of key ethical issues in medicine. Stimulated thought and discussion.

Thank you for what was a very interesting and valuable day

  • Registrar, Stockport
  • 11 March 2020 3:24PM

I genuinely got a lot from this course. Many courses are done purely for the cpd points - this was not one of them and I will recommend it to colleagues

  • Consultant, Jersey
  • 29 January 2020 4:30PM

This is a very useful course that focuses this mind on ethical decision making.

  • Hospital Doctor, Swindon
  • 29 January 2020 4:25PM

informative and engaging. Gives you a good foundation on medical ethics along with interesting case discussions

  • GP, Altrincham
  • 29 July 2019 5:10PM

Excellent and well structured.

  • Consultant, Doncaster
  • 29 July 2019 5:09PM

Really excellent course. Interactive, thought provoking, relevant to practice. Right amount of academic and legal background balanced with clinical context and real life choices/pressures.

  • Consultant, Oldham
  • 29 July 2019 5:07PM

It was a well presented, interesting course, covering ethical philosophy to cases. Definitely worth a days study leave.

  • Hospital Doctor, Lincoln
  • 20 February 2019 9:12AM

Essential subject preferably taken early in substantive post. Enjoyable , thought provoking and professionally presented.

  • Consultant, Guys and St Thomas'
  • 20 February 2019 9:09AM

enjoyable day. interesting. comprehensive coverage of general ethical principles applied to a wide range of settings

  • GP, Derbyshire
  • 20 February 2019 9:07AM

Very stimulating

Good diverse range of topics covered

  • Hospital Doctor, Southport
  • 8 January 2019 10:57AM

Well organised course. Highlighted the important issues in medical ethics. Small group discussions very useful

  • GP, High Wycombe
  • 8 January 2019 10:56AM

Clear and practical presentation in a vast field and managed to make me feel more confident at the end of the day