Medical ethics

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6 CPD credits

  • Virtual
  • Virtual

We are offering this as a full-day virtual course.

An understanding of biomedical ethics and the way we provide care is fundamental to the practice of medicine but, as we adjust our practices following the pandemic, ethical issues come to the fore for whole populations not just for practitioners.

This course explores how new ways of working may affect the provision of care in the future, especially balancing ethical conflicts between the promotion of health and management of illness, and other topical issues including:

  • Slippery slopes and ethical culture.
  • Balancing justice and autonomy.
  • Physician-assisted dying.
  • Ethics of leadership and the principle of stewardship.
  • Making informed consent and patients' capacity to make decisions.

Who should attend?

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

Approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK for 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits.


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 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.

Tuesday 4 October 2022, 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