Within the Faculty of Medicine I am Head of Ethics and Law for Undergraduate Medicine and the Medical Ethics and Law domain lead within the Professional Values and Behaviour Domain in the new undergraduate medical curriculum. I am also the Module 2 lead for The Humanities, Philosophy and Law BSc and co-lead a new final Year Biomedicine and Biomedical Sciences short module: Ethics of Medical Research.
Ethics and Law are taught in every year of undergraduate medicine and we aim to build on students' learning in successive years and integrate the topics with the rest of their clinical learning. With the new curriculum we have increased our emphasis on experiential learning and team working and we have introduced co-production approaches. These provide students with experience in working with people with long term health conditions and help embed learning about respect, autonomy, dignity, social justice, diversity and inclusivity and quality health care.
Partnership working in education has the potential to transform how our students understand social accountability and social responsibility and recognise the essential role of service users in finding solutions to complex problems in healthcare. Our Year 2 students undertake an Interdisciplinary Co-design workshop where they work with over 200 architecture and design students from the University of Westminster in small interdisciplinary groups to redesign health care spaces for people with dementia and neurodevelopmental conditions. This teaching initiative was the winner of Undergraduate ASME (Association for Study of Medical Education), General Medical Excellent Education Award 2019. The 2021 workshop is showcased here.
The Humanities, Philosophy and Law BSc provides students with an opportunity to explore issues relating to the body, the mind and death through the disciplines of law, ethics, philosophy and the humanities.
In May 2011 I was elected Chair of the Institute of Medical Ethics (IME), a charitable, membership organisation aimed at promoting the teaching, research and dialogue in medical ethics and their application to improve in clinical practice. I co-chair the management committee for the Journal of Medical Ethics and Medical Humanities which the Institute co-owns. The IME provides grants for medical students to support electives, internships and intercalated degrees in issues related to medical ethics and recently published a consensus statement on the core content of learning for medical ethics and law in the medical school curriculum.
I am also a Consultant Endocrinologist at LNWUH NHS Trust. In 2017, I secured a £900k grant from NHS England for the North West London Diabetes Foot Project to sustainably improve diabetes foot care services. Diabetes is the major cause of amputations in high income countries, with a major impact on quality of life and survival and costs the NHS approximately £1billion in England and Wales alone.
et al., 2022, Evaluation of the North West London Diabetes Foot Care Transformation Project: a mixed-methods evaluation, International Journal of Integrated Care, Vol:22, ISSN:1568-4156, Pages:1-9
et al., 2019, Guest editorial: a tribute to the Very Reverend Edward Shotter (FCMME), Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol:45, ISSN:0306-6800, Pages:629-630
et al., 2019, The cost of diabetic foot ulcers and amputations to the National Health Service in England, Diabetic Medicine, Vol:36, ISSN:0742-3071, Pages:995-1002
Kong WM, Knight S, 2017, Bridging the education-action gap: a near-peer case-based undergraduate ethics teaching programme, Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol:43, ISSN:0306-6800, Pages:692-696
et al., Forum Theatre:An effective method of combined communication and ethics teaching in UG clinical medical students, Transform MedEd 2022