Centre for Health, Law and Society Annual Symposium

11 February 2021, 1.45 PM - 11 February 2021, 4.45 PM

Candour and Healthcare

The Centre for Health, Law and Society Annual Symposium will take place on Thursday 11th February 2021 between 13:45-16:45 (via Zoom).

The duty of health care professionals to be open and honest with patients who have suffered medical harm is a fundamental part of ethical care. However, despite the importance of honesty in therapeutic relationships, it has been conspicuous by its absence in key ethical codes and has only relatively recently become a professional and statutory requirement for professionals and providers of care. This symposium brings together a range of experts who will examine the rationale, extent and effectiveness of these duties of candour and discuss how they impact patient care, professional wellbeing and interact with the medico-legal environment.   


13:45 – 14:00 – Introduction to the Centre for Health, Law and Society and to the symposium by Oliver Quick, Reader in Law, University of Bristol.

14:00 – 15:00 – Key note address by Gabriel Scally - Visiting Professor of Public Health at the University of Bristol. President of Epidemiology & Public Health section, Royal Society of Medicine and Member of Independent SAGE.

15:05 – 16:30 – Panel discussion featuring:

Annie Sorbie - Deputy Director of the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, University of Edinburgh.

Joanna Lloyd – Partner, Clinical Risk, Bevan Brittan LLP, Bristol.

Linda Kenney – Director of Peer Support Programs at the Betsy Lehman Centre for Patient Safety, Boston, Massachusetts.

16:35 – 16:45 – Closing remarks – Oliver Quick

Further Information

To register for this event, please visit Eventbrite.

All registered attendees will be emailed the joining link for Zoom before 11th February. 

For more information about this event, please contact Paige Spicer.


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