Central regional group

The Central regional group of ethics and law leads is made up of representatives from the following medical schools:

  • Birmingham
  • Cambridge
  • East Anglia
  • Keele
  • Leicester
  • Nottingham
  • Warwick

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About the group's work

To contact the regional group please email: contact@instituteofmedicalethics.org

About the group members

Birmingham - Dr June Jones

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Dr June Jones is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics at University of Birmingham. She is responsible for the ethics curriculum across all five years of the MBChB. She is also Professional Development lead and Equality and Diversity lead.

Her main academic interest is in religious and cultural beliefs in medical practice, especially the influence these have on professional values and behaviours. She is College Lead on Religious and Cultural Diversity, specialising in the support of medical students and doctors who wish to adhere to their religious obligations whilst studying and practicing in the clinical area. She has produced guidance documents for Muslim and Jewish students, and publishes widely on spirituality in medical practice and medical education. She is involved in a range of interfaith dialogue across the West Midlands and has worked with the Equalities Challenge Unit on guidance for Higher Education with regards to religious beliefs in higher education. She is a member of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Clinical Ethics Committee.

Her other interests include stem cell ethics. She is Ethics lead on a £3.3 million European Marie Curie Fellowship project (DECIDE) researching the use of adult stem cells in Leukaemia. She is a member of the Birmingham University Stem cell Steering Committee (BUSSC).


She has been a member of the Central Group for 8 years, hosting the annual regional student conference in 2012 

View June's full profile here - on the University of Birmingham's website

Contact June: j.jones.1@bham.ac.uk


Cambridge - Dr Elizabeth Fistein

Elizabeth qualified from Imperial College London in 1996. She chose to specialise in General Adult Psychiatry and trained in Manchester and Cambridge, taking periods out of training to complete a Post-graduate Diploma (conversion course) with the College of Law and MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London. She holds a Wellcome PhD Studentship and is working on an empirical ethics project investigating ethical, legal and clinical issues in involuntary psychiatric treatment. Her clinical interest is in severe and enduring mental illness. Since 2008, Elizabeth has been running the Ethics and Law component of the Clinical Course, one of the vertical themes that integrate the three stages of the course.

View Elizabeth's full profile here - on the University of Cambridge's website

Contact Elizabeth: ecf22@medschl.cam.ac.uk


East Anglia - Dr Anna Smajdor

Anna is a lecturer and researcher in biomedical ethics. Her research interests are focussed on the ethical implications of innovation and research in all areas of the biosciences, including: new reproductive technologies; research ethics and governance; justice and resource allocation. Her doctoral research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, was on the ethics of using artificial gametes in reproduction.

View Anna's full profile - on the University of East Anglia website

Contact Anna: A.Smajdor@uea.ac.uk


Keele -Dr Jonathan Hughes 

View Jonathan's profile here - on the Keele University website


Leicester - Dr Rhona Knight

Rhona Knight is a portfolio GP based in Leicester. She is a senior clinical educator at Leicester University, and is the clinical lead in the Royal College of General Practitioners' Health for Healthcare Professionals pilot programme. As a GP she has been involved in teaching practical medical ethics for many years, including the ethics of communication and of the consultation, which are intrinsic to the daily work of medical professionals. She has an interest in making medical ethics accessible to non-specialist audiences. She is a member of the RCGP ethics committee, and is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, where she also chairs the Reaching out to Young People group, which aims to engage young people in bioethics both within and out of the curriculum.

Contact Rhona: rk89@le.ac.uk


Warwick - Dr Anne-Marie Slowther

Anne Slowther is Associate Professor of Clinical Ethics at Medical School and an Associate Fellow of the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. At Warwick she leads the teaching of medical ethics and law in the MBChB and Masters programmes. Her research interests include evaluation of clinical ethics services, ethical decision making in primary care, and consent to research in vulnerable populations. Anne qualified from Manchester University and completed a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law at King's College London and a DPhil in medical ethics at the University of Oxford. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the UK Clinical Ethics Network and also a practicing GP in Coventry.

View Anne-Marie's full profile - on the University of Warwick website

Contact Anne-Marie: A-M.Slowther@warwick.ac.uk