Medical ethics

Future dates for this course will be announced.

6 CPD credits*

As you are aware the UK government has indicated that everyone in the UK should avoid non-essential travel and contact and we are following this advice. After careful consideration we have decided to cancel all face to face courses until the end of 2020. When the situation changes we will update our website.

This course is for doctors who want to improve their understanding of the principles of bioethics and the philosophical principles underlying them.

Topics covered include:

  • the Georgetown mantra and the underlying philosophy of bioethics including utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics and slippery slope ethics
  • how ethical principles change with time and across cultural boundaries
  • doctors as moral arbiters
  • the decline of medical paternalism and rise of patient autonomy
  • conflicting ethical demands placed on medical leaders
  • conflicts between individual autonomy and justice in relation to health resources and treatment dilemmas
  • moral attitudes to end of life care.

In addition to didactic teaching, delegates will be encouraged to discuss the topics covered and related case studies.

This course complements the Medical law course. They are on consecutive days to make it easier for you to attend both courses if you would like to.

Who should attend?

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

*This course has been 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 Sissy Frank

Dr Sissy Frank BA JD MD MRCGP

MDU medico-legal adviser

Sissy trained in law in the US graduating from Stanford University in 1990. She then changed careers and trained in medicine, obtaining an MD from Harvard Medical School in 1998 and completing her residency in paediatrics in 2001. She came to England in 2001 and completed further training in general practice, receiving her MRCGP in 2006. Before becoming a medico-legal adviser she worked as a GP partner in Kent.

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).


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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

  • GP - London
  • 26 March 2018 4:46PM

Well organised. Informative

  • Consultant - Oxford
  • 14 March 2018 4:17PM

Comprehensive, interactive and informative