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Liverpool Hope Ethical Network

8th July 2010

A week ago Maurice Price attended a three day conference and workshops of practioners from across caring professions.  Hosted at Liverpool Hope University it brought together people from medicine, universities, carers, prisons, community mental health services and supported housing. 

Maurice says, “It was really refreshing to be able to discuss issues that cross so many fields and to see how others are addressing the similar problems from a different perspective.  For example in medicine they are currently coming to terms with the notion of Autonomy. This is the right of patients to make decisions about their medical care without their health care provider trying to influence the decision. Patient autonomy does allow for health care providers to educate the patient but does not allow the health care provider to make the decision for the patient.

The issues are similar to the ones we face around Personalisation.  This is where the “client” structures their own care and support in the community...advised by the professionals they work with.

For both sectors this means a real change in how we look at the relationship with those that use services; moving away from people having to find the service that is the most acceptable “fit” for them to ones where they are built round them.  Obviously we all “sign up” to this but making it happen in practice can be a bit harder.

One of the best outcomes of the conference was Professor Bart McGettrick from the University has set up a network of professionals to be able to call on each other to discuss and explore the ethical issues that our work throws up.  I’m looking forward to this having a real, lasting and positive impact on our work at Anchor House.”

Prof Bart McGettrick, Dean of Education at Liverpool Hope University
Prof Bart McGettrick, Dean of Education at Liverpool Hope University

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