The Edge Hill University Unit of the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics is an interdisciplinary unit of enhancement, engagement and collaborative research within the Edge Hill University Medical School.


About Us

About Us

UNESCOThe Edge Hill Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics was set up in 2019 in the newly established Medical School. We are a multi-disciplinary unit for colleagues across the University, working together to enhance bioethics teaching and research through a shared commitment and appreciation of the role of bioethics within the provision of healthcare.

Bioethics has increasingly replaced the term ‘medical ethics’ which tended to primarily focus on ethics in the practice of medicine, without considering the wider multidisciplinary scope of ethics in healthcare. Bioethics involves meaningful and critical engagement in ethical dilemmas and debates within the provision of healthcare, professional practice and the advancement of life sciences and biotechnology. Bioethics is a form of moral philosophy which embraces a wide range of disciplines, including clinical and health sciences, philosophy, law, theology, social and political sciences, history of medicine and the contributions from the regulatory agencies for each of the professions.

The Edge Hill University Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics aims to promote the understanding and contribution of bioethics through collaboration that draws from the diverse expertise within the University. In doing so we aim to enhance and innovate teaching and research experience for colleagues, students and the wider community. A crucial aspect is our ongoing commitment to establish relationships with other international UNESCO Bioethics Units, building on and developing new partnerships with Edge Hill University. Our membership team includes academics within the University, legal practitioners and clinicians with a range of expertise in the field of and allied to bioethics.

In collaboration with UNESCO, we are committed to ensuring all our graduates receive the highest level of educational engagement and further opportunities to explore the ethical nature of their practice. We welcome all opportunities to discuss how we can use our understanding of bioethics to support the provision of health care through education and development of professional practice.

Unit Engagement with FHSCM Bioethics Education

Unit Engagement with FHSCM Bioethics Education

In 2019, Edge Hill University established the Medical School within the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, and members of the Unit lead on ethical, legal and professionalism themes within the following programmes:
•   MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year
•   MBChB (commencing September 2020)
•   MSc Physician Associate
•   Master of Surgery (MCh) and Master of Medicine (MMed)

All members of the Unit support the delivery of ethical and legal teaching, whether across the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine or within their discipline specific programmes and modules. Covering the following programmes:
•   BSc Operating Department Practice
•   BSc Paramedic Practice
•   BSc Nursing
•   BSc Midwifery
•   MSc Midwifery
•   BA Social Work
•   BSc Behavioural Analysis and Intervention
•   MSc Advanced Practice
•   MA Clinical Education
•   MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing
•   MSc Surgical Care Practice
•   Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)

Members of the Unit also lead and deliver the following specialist postgraduate modules:
•   HEA3218 – Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Health
•   HEA4195 – Ethics, The Law and Decision-Making
•   HEA4220 – Promoting Professionalism & Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice
•   HEA9085 – Mental Health Law and Ethics

Unit Themes

Unit Themes

1.  Bioethics Education

Advancing bioethics in professional education through innovation and collaboration:

  • Supporting bioethical teaching and the theme of bioethics within the Faculty
  • Simulation
  • Virtual reality / immersive technology
  • Student engagement with bioethics
  • Development of educational resources
  • Learning from Service Users

2.  Bioethics in Professional Practice

Critical engagement with ethical issues which arise in the context of professional practice and identity:

  • Professional wellbeing
  • Complex decision making
  • Professional regulation
  • The relationship between law, bioethics and professional practice
  • Conscientious objection
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity as a moral obligation
  • Ethics, behaviour and communication
  • Religion, spirituality and health care

3.  Contemporary Bioethics in Healthcare Delivery

The development of bioethical research which pragmatically engages with ongoing and current ethical challenges in the provision of healthcare. This theme will focus on areas of expertise drawn from the Executive Committee:

  • Sex and gender care
  • Sexual health care
  • Radiology-diagnostics and screening
  • Ageing
  • End of life care
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioural management and restrictive practice
  • Reproductive medicine, pregnancy and health care
  • Mental health care and resources
  • Pre-hospital and emergency care
  • Children

Partnerships and Collaborations

Partnerships and Collaborations

  1.  Mersey Deanery – Anaesthetic ST Training
  2.  Professionals Together – HEE West Midlands GP FY1 Training
  3. Society for Education in Anesthetics UK
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