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Course details

  • Duration:  5 weeks - 
    including live online sessions
  • Fees:
    - £400
  • Venue: Online
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This course will help you to develop a systematic understanding of medical law and ethics as applied to paediatric practice, with a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in the field.  

This will be fully online and participants will have access to asynchronous and synchronous sessions.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate ethical dilemmas encountered in paediatric practice
  • Critically assess these dilemmas using an approach based in both Law and ethics
  • Propose possible solutions to such problems through debate and discussion

Course structure & delivery

The course is run online over 5 consecutive weeks and you are expected to conduct  7 - 10 hours per week of guided and self-directed asynchronous learning, which also incorporates group work online. There are also planned synchronous sessions during the module to discuss ideas, present group and individual work and to facilitate further learning.

This fully online course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform, where you will experience active learning, as well as weekly online tasks and related activities for you to complete individually or in small groups. These learning tasks will cover the cutting edge of issues in law and ethics in paediatrics. This is supported by case-based learning and practical guidance. 

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) hosts guidance and support with resources and tasks that you can study at your own pace within the suggested parameters. The VLE supports your learning journey and helps you to connect with other students for networking, community building and active co-construction of your learning.

Online sessions
The synchronous online sessions will be delivered on the following dates*:

Friday, 4 March: 9.00 – 11.00
Live session theme: Philosophy club - Duty, utility, rights or virtue. How ought I to act?

Friday, 11 March: 9.00-11.00
Live session theme: Child protection, discussion case studies, students present case studies

Friday, 18 March: 9.00 – 11.00
Live session theme: Panel Discussion - anonymised cases presented by students for the panel to discuss

Friday, 25 March: 9.00 – 11.00
Live session theme: Ethics Committee and Debate re: limitations to treatment in Paediatrics

Friday, 1 April: Time tbc 
Live session theme Coroner’s Court

*NB dates/times may be subject to change

Who should attend?

Open to doctors, nurses, students of medicine or law.

Benefits of attending

The course will enhance your understanding of the ethical and legal principles of treating children. It includes the concepts of autonomy/capacity/best interests and negligence, as well as covering the topics of confidentiality and consent, child protection and The Children Act 1989, research ethics in children, end of life decision making and limitations to treatment and conflict resolution – a practical approach. It also looks at aspects of child death including the role of the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), death certification and post mortem examinations, the Coroner's role and Inquests.