Call for posters and booking open for 3rd Primary Health Care Ethics Conference Feb 20th London

The call for abstracts is open for the 3rd UK Primary Care Ethics Conference: Primary Care Ethics – The Ordinary and the Extraordinary, on February 20th 2013 at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St W1G 0AE, London

Link for programme and booking and more information is availlable from

The theme this year is, "The ordinary and the extraordinary." Highlights include a look at the management of rare illnesses at the strategic and clinical levels, issues of extraordinary medication or extraordinary use of medication in primary care prescibing, the ethical vocabulary of primary care, and whether moral questions in primary perforce concern the extraordinary situations that can arise. Masterclasses offered this year include 'Primary care ethics in academic writing' and 'An interdisciplinary approavh to shared decsionmaking and shared values'. The event is recommended to anyone with an academic interest in the field of primary healthcare, whether as an object or subject of study.


As part of the 3rd annual primary care ethics conference: Primary care ethics - the ordinary and the extraordinary there will be a session at which participants can present their work and ideas in the form of a poster. Posters may deal with any issues within the field of primary care ethics. They may focus on clinical practice, on teaching and personal development, or on research (e.g. humanities, empirical or philosophical) within this field. Posters on undramatic issues of values and moral choices common in primary care but which normally receive little attention in the medical ethics literature are particularly welcome. Posters on other aspects of the philosophy of medicine relevant to primary care such as epistemology and ontology are also welcome.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, outlining the nature and purpose of poster presentations. Abstracts should include the title of the poster, the names of presenting and other authors, and their professional role and affiliation. They do not have to follow the traditional format of introduction, method, results, conclusions, but they should however be clearly structured and make clear the issue or issues which will considered, the approach to be taken, and the conclusions drawn from its study.

Posters should be no bigger than A1 in size. It is encouraged that posters are professionally printed and in colour where appropriate. Those presenting posters must be available on Wednesday 20 February 2013 and asked to ensure that their posters are in place by 12.30 pm. Presenters are asked to be near their poster to be able discuss their poster with participants for at least half of this period.

The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 4 January 2013. For an abstract submission form please email

Full Programme

9.30 am Registration, tea and coffee

10.10 am Welcome

Dr David Misselbrook, Senior Ethics Adviser, British Journal of General Practice

10.15 am Ordinary or extraordinary? The 10 most important words in a vocabulary of primary care ethics

Professor Roger Higgs, Emeritus Professor of Primary Care, King’s College London and Dr Peter Toon, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London


10.55 am Rare illnesses and issues in resource allocation

Dr Mark Sheehan, Ethox Centre, Oxford University

11.25 am Rare illnesses and issues in the primary care consultation

Dr Imran Rafi, Clinical Champion for Rare Illnesses, Royal College of General Practitioners

11.55 am Tea and coffee break. An opportunity to view posters


11.45 am

A. Teaching and learning ethics in primary care. Chair: Dr John Spicer, Head of General Practice School, London Postgraduate Deanery & Dr Rhona Knight, RCGP Ethics Committee

B. Patients, clinicians, and healthcare: Interdisciplinary approaches to shared values; shared evidence; and shared decisions

C. Primary care ethics and writing for publication in academic literature. Chair: Professor Roger Jones, Editor,  British Journal of General Practice and  Dr David Misselbrook, Senior Ethics  Adviser, British Journal of General Practice

1.15 pm Lunch  An opportunity to view posters


Chair: Dr Peter Toon, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London Medical School

2.15 pm A semi-social use of antibiotics

Dr Tim Harries, Salaried GP, London

2.45 pm Bromocriptine to suppress lactation for cosmetic purposes

Dr Lucy McDonnell, Salaried GP, London


3.15 pm Moral challenges in primary care -ordinary or extraordinary?

Professor David Haslam, President, British Medical Association

3.55 pm Key themes of the day and closing remarks

Dr Andrew Papanikitas, Council Member, Section of General Practice with Primary Health Care and President, Open Section, Royal Society of Medicine

4.25 pm Completion of evaluation forms

5.00pm Close of meeting

Interested in this area but can't make it on the day? Join the discussion on LinkedIn. Find 'Primary Care Ethics' (closed group) and ask to join

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