IME annual conference
2012 conference: Stories and narratives - their role in teaching and learning medical ethics and law
Lewis W Headley Lectures
Lewis W Headley Lectures
In 2008, the son and daughters of the late Lewis W Headley gifted £15,000 to the Institute of Medical Ethics, to endow an annual public lecture to commemorate their father's interest in medical ethics.
Lewis W Headley was born in Ashford Kent in 1914. He ran the family wholesale grocery business from 1933 till 1980. He was born into a Quaker family, was educated at Leighton Park School (a Quaker school in Reading) and remained an active Quaker until his death in 2006.
The first and second lectures were delivered at the 3rd (2009) and 4th (2010) annual conferences on medical ethics and law organised by the Institute of Medical Ethics and the British Medical Association.
The first lecture, on 'Establishing a Core Curriculum in Medical Ethics and Law: a Dean's View', was delivered by Professor Sam Leinster. The second lecture, on 'Humanity and Dignity in the Practice and Teaching of Medicine' was delivered by Baroness Julia Neuberger.
The following is an extract from the Lewis W Headley Quaker Testimony:
"As a conscientious citizen of Ashford, he served as chairman of the Ashford Chamber of Trade and as President of the Rotary Club, and was a member of the Council of Ashford School from 1947 until 2000. He was connected with local hospitals and the National Health Service from 1948 to 1998 in various capacities, notably as chairman of the Community Health Council and as a member of the William Harvey Hospital project team. He was chairman, too, of the South East Kent Research Ethics Committee, where he is remembered as being always calm, fair, courteous and dignified, and completely undaunted by medical jargon. He also gave blood on 88 occasions, until he was forced to retire at the age of 65."
The following was written shortly after Lewis' death, by the Hon. Jenefer Dean
"Lewis had for many years been connected with the William Harvey Hospital and was well known and highly respected. When the first local research and Medical Ethics Committee was set up, Lewis was the obvious choice to be their lay member. Some years later it was felt that there should also be a lay woman and Lewis very kindly put my name forward. We had met through Stour Music and my work at the Ashford Citizens Advice Bureau. The meetings were very agreeable because they were held over a sandwich lunch so as to not waste too much of the doctors' valuable time. They were a distinguished gathering of medical and nursing experts and the meeting were often joined by other interesting doctors presenting their protocols to the committee. I remember Lewis telling me to listen carefully to what the doctors said to each other.
"Not long after I joined the committee, Lewis was made Chairman. He was completely undaunted by the medical complications of some of the protocols and arguments and was brilliant at making jargon ridden doctors speak in plain language. He and I were sometimes brave enough to stand against projects the doctors wanted. Lewis felt it was vital that he and I stood up for the patient's feelings. He eventually retired at the age of 86 (a record for the NHS). I made him a cake for his last meeting which was joined by lots of former colleagues. They all admired him. He was always calm, fair, courteous and dignified. He was a very dear and impressive man."
2014 Education Conference - Ethical Practice: What Money Cannot Buy
Ethical Practice: What Money cannot BUY
The 8th IME Education Conference, will take place in London on Friday 7th February 2014 at Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ
9.30 Coffee and Registration
10.15 Ethics in practice- She wants to go home!
An exploration, using both film and role play, of: capacity; care of vulnerable adults; fitness for discharge; the role of the multidisciplinary team; inter-professional working, and the duties of the discharging doctor. Materials to deliver a similar session in your own institution will be made available at the event.
This house believes that market forces in the NHS are incompatible with virtuous practice.
As well as exploring this important issue, we hope this session will also encourage regions to consider the use of debate in teaching medical ethics and encouraging local participation in the IME student debating competition.
12.30- 13.00 The Mark Brennan Prize, sponsored by The Medical Defence Union.
Six of the best: Student and foundation doctor poster presentations
Professor Jonathan Glover: A human feel for people
Jonathan Glover has written several books on ethics, including Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century and Causing Death and Saving Lives. He chaired a European Commission Working Party on Assisted Reproduction. He is interested in questions raised by the Human Genome Project. He is currently interested in a number of issues in global ethics and in ethical issues in psychiatry.
Professor Glover is also a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.
15.00 Incentives and health care
This series of workshops aims to look at the ethical dimensions of incentives in health care. Each group will summarise their discussions and these will be posted on the IME website.
- Workshop 1: Egg, sperm and embryo sharing: choice or no choice?
- Workshop 2: Payments by performance: the good the bad and the ugly.
- Workshop 3: ‘Incentivised compassion’: is it possible?
- Workshop 4: Flu vaccines in front line health care workers: exception; routine; required?
- Workshop 5: Targets in health care and the Liverpool Care Pathway.
- Workshop 6: What would make you sell your organs?
- Workshop 7: Making it to the top: the ethics of career development.
- Workshop 8: ‘Paying’ patients: can it be justified?
16.15 IME: What money can buy.
A roundup of the day’s events, an update on membership benefits, and a regional review, and the awarding of the Mark Brennan Prize.