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Christians in health and social care: ethics and practice - Glasgow

Date: Saturday 2nd September 2023

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Eyre Hall, Archdiocese of Glasgow, 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JY

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A day of reflection and professional development organised by St Mary’s University and the Christian Medical Fellowship.

Are you looking for an opportunity to meet people motivated by their faith to care for others? Would you like to explore the unique contribution that faith makes to the health and social care sector? Are you interested in learning about the ethical challenges work in this sector may bring?

This is the first in a series of three events. This is the event held in Glasgow.


10am - Welcome and introduction

10.30am - Session 1: Conscience in health and social care

This session will examine challenges to freedom of conscience that have arisen in recent times for those working in health and social care as well as problems that are on the horizon. The speakers will explore how Christians might respond to these challenges.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Anne Williams, General Practitioner, Glasgow
  • Dr Gillian Wright, Our Duty of Care
  • Dr Mark Pickering, Christian Medical Fellowship.

11.30am - Break

Midday - Session 2: Caring for ourselves and for our relationship with God

Health and social care can be physically and mentally demanding. The speakers will help us understand how to respond to the vocation to care whilst ensuring that our own needs and our relationship with God are not neglected.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Dermot Grenham, Medical and Dental Defence Union
  • Fr Dan Fitzpatrick, Parish Priest, St. John the Baptist, Port Glasgow
  • Dr Colin Barrett, St. Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

1pm - Lunch

1.45pm - St Mary’s University presentation on MA in Bioethics and Medical Law

2pm - Session 3: Our calling to care

The speakers will lead a discussion on how we should live our Christian calling to care in our daily work in the health and social care sectors.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Philip Booth, St Mary’s University and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
  • Dr Ed McGuigan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and Trustee of St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney.

Further speakers to be confirmed.

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