Friday, 28 June 2013

Interview on Research Integrity Concordat

Dr Sorcha Uí Chonnachtaigh, PEAK, School of Law, was recently interviewed for Sunday Sequence (BBC Radio NI) about the recent launch of the UK Concordat for Research Integrity.

The Concordat follows the recent imprisonment of a researcher, Steven Eaton, for faking data on anti-cancer drugs and the announcement that retractions in scientific journals are likely to exceed 500 for 2013.

The Concordat, supported by the top HE research funding bodies, focuses on embedding and supporting a culture of research integrity, monitoring mechanisms, and transparent and robust processes for dealing with allegations of misconduct.

Launch of MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care

Anthony Wrigley, John Ellershaw and Stephen Mason
Members of the Centre for Professional Ethics and the School of Law attended a launch event for the MA and Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care last week. Under its previous name, The Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care, the course, taught in association with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, has for twenty years offered a unique educational programme to Palliative Care doctors, nurses, social workers, lawyers, and others associated with end of life care. The course is regularly updated to reflect changing practice and professional requirements, and has been relaunched under a new name to better reflect its current structure and content.

The invited audience, including alumni from the course and senior palliative care practitioners, listened to presentations by Course Director Dr Anthony Wrigley, MCPCIL Director Professor John Ellershaw and MCPCIL Research & Development Lead Dr Stephen Mason on the history and development of the programme, current ethical challenges in palliative care, and the challenges of teaching practitioners to integrate ethics into their everyday practice.

Members of the audience talked warmly of their own experiences on the programme and the importance of ethical thinking for palliative care.

Information about the course can be obtained from