After the Conference

Conference: reflections and next steps

Thank you once again to all of you – our brilliant and generous keynotes, our friends who use health services / patient leaders, our students, presenters and delegates, our tweeting social media community and our poet – for making our second ‘everyday ethics’ conference on 10th May 2016 another fascinating and memorable day.

Your feedback was much appreciated – you told us our keynotes Suzanne, Peter, Shereen and Jonathon were fantastic and excellent and framed the day superbly, and that Molly’s spoken word poetry was ‘extraordinary’. You enjoyed the parallel sessions and wanted more time to hear each other and discuss.

You’ve given us new ideas, offers of help and very practical suggestions – which we will be taking you up on. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference was valued and like last year, you wanted more time to talk and meet each other, and lists of twitter names and blogs. Fiona Harvey will be helping us (and you if you are interested) to learn to disseminate your work in all sorts of new ways.

You also wanted more direct involvement of people using services, including a keynote, and made offers of seminars and sub-group meetings. This is also suggested as a way of offering a more affordable alternative to the more formal, day-long conference. Again the feeling of ‘missing out’ makes us question the number of parallel sessions so let’s think about how we can combine the opportunities to present, with this sense of wanting to be involved in everything that’s happening throughout the day. We’re looking forward to some post-conference blogs too.

Stephan Caspar has once again been busy editing and producing films of keynotes and sessions. Thank you to everyone who agreed to be filmed, we hope you will use your video in your own work and find it useful as a way of sharing and disseminating your ideas. He has produced a great short video of the day here – please use and circulate – and you can see videos of the keynotes / sessions below, and find Jonathon’s blog here.

We’d like to know if you are interested in being involved with developing these and more resources – your blogs and webpages, books and papers – for teaching and training purposes. We are progressing the idea of a special journal issue and even a textbook for undergraduates so please let me know if you are interested (and emails to follow later).

So, we did it again and despite a couple of anxious times – which we now feel were a blessing! – we think together we excelled. We cannot thank you enough and welcome some reflective blogs to post. Two students, Lucy and Alistair, reported to the IME so here and here are their words to encourage you to get writing. And Jonathon suggested we look at ‘everyday error’ as a theme next year – could this be part of a broader theme of ethical judgement in complex practices? Views please!

Julie and team


Conference review: video


Recorded sessions

Keynote videos

Suzanne Shale
What’s the point of investigations? Everyday ethics after healthcare harm

Peter Beresford
Recalibrating research ethics: a service user perspective

Shereen Hussein
Ethical dimensions in the delivery of care by direct care workers: human rights and safeguarding aspects

Jonathon Tomlinson
Shame and Anxiety in Clinical Encounters (+ blog post)

Performance video

Molly Case (spoken word artist, writer and nurse)
A performance of poems from her collection

Session videos

Tula Brannelly
Ethics of care and everyday ethics for people with dementia
(Panel: The ethics of policy, research and practice)

Annabel Rule
Exploring the disconnection between policy recommendations and current experiences of discharge decision-making for older people
(Panel: The ethics of policy, research and practice)

Opeyemi Odejimi
Service users’ and carers’ involvement in health and social care education: Ethical considerations
(Panel: The ethics of policy, research and practice)

Alastair Morgan
Critical Values Based Practice: Challenging power in everyday mental health practice
(Panel: The ethics of co-production and networks in practice)

Gideon Calder
The Everyday Ethics of Co-production
(Panel: The ethics of co-production and networks in practice)


Students’ IME Conference Reports (on the 2015 Conference)

Lucy Michael, University of Leeds
Conference Report

Alistair Wardrope, University of Sheffield
Conference Report

(IME Successful 2015 Grants and Awards, here)