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UKCEN 17th Annual Conference: Liverpool Medical Institute 14th June 2017

Liverpool Medical Institution

UKCEN 17th Annual Conference: Liverpool Medical Insitution 14th June 2017



Family Matters - making decisions with and for patients



UKCEN Annual Conference

Liverpool Medical Institution,  Wednesday 14th June 2017

Family matters – making decisions with and for patients


Session title



Arrival and registration


Welcome and Introduction

Dr Karen Le Ball, Consultant Geriatrician, Chair UKCEN

John Bridson, Clinical Ethicist, RLBUHT,* Conference Organiser


What place liberty – depriving or caring?


Mr Alex Ruck Keene

Barrister and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at King’s College London


Challenges for families and clinicians when making decisions with children on the cusp of adulthood 

Dr Paul Baines, Paediatric Intensivist & Clinical Ethics Lead, Alder Hey Children’s NHSFT


Coffee and poster viewing


Family attitudes to organ donation following the introduction of deemed consent in Wales

Dr Leah McLaughlin, Principal Investigator, ‘Organ Donation Study’, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University & Wales Kidney Research Unit, Cardiff University.


Lunch and poster viewing




Seminar set 1


Criminalisation of HIV transmission – do we owe it to the partner?


Dr Mark Lawton

Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, RLBUHT

Transitioning medical care: relinquishing responsibility for decision-making to your child


Dr Vicky Thornton

Director of Nursing Studies, University of Liverpool

Families, ‘futility’ and best interests in critical care


Dr Lawrence McCrossan

Consultant Intensivist, RLBUHT



Seminar set 2


Dementia and feeding – are ‘ethics’ and families in sync?


Dr Neil Carmichael Consultant Geriatrician, Chair RLBUHT CEC

Safeguarding Young People with Learning Disabilities and Autism


Mrs Karen Bates Assistant Chief Nurse, Safeguarding, RLBUHT

Mrs Serena Jones

Learning Disabilities Liaison Nurse, RLBUHT

Is it right to allow families to override deceased patients’ consent to donate


Paula Rea

Specialist Nurse – Organ Donation, NHSBT


Coffee and poster viewing


Making decisions for the vegetative or minimally conscious patient – the positioning of the family in court judgements and clinical practice

Prof Richard Huxtable, Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol

Prof Jenny Kitzinger, Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, Cardiff University


Poster Award and Closing Remarks



*RLBUHT – Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust



Pre conference workshop:

The pre-conference workshop will be on the 13th June in the afternoon.  The theme will be 'Clinical Ethics Frameworks'. Programme to follow.


Pre conference dinner:

Please note there will be a pre-conference dinner on the evening of 13th June 2017 at the Liverpool Medical Institution at 7.30pm. Cost will be £35 per person.



Travelling to Liverpool: http://www.lmi.org.uk/ConferenceFacilities/HowToFindUs.aspx



Accommodation is not included in the conference fees - please visit http://www.visitliverpool.com/accommodation for further information and booking of hotels in Liverpool.


The conference flyer can be found here.

A downloadable version of the preliminary programme can be found here.             

Lay Nurse and Allied Professional Bursaries     
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Call for Abstracts and form
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Student Bursary Application Form
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Liverpool Medical Institution

114 Mount Pleasant


L3 5SR



Standard Conference Fee £90

Student reduced fee  £50

IME members rate £50

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