Anscombe Bioethics
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The Ethics Forum is one format for the Anscombe Centre's outreach to healthcare professionals in training and at university. Active in the 1980's, these sessions were revived in 2007. The forum provides a chance for junior healthcare professionals and students to explore and discuss Catholic healthcare ethics.

Previous meetings

In 2014 the Centre provided a course of 6 lecture/discussions to medical and healthcare students in London. For more information about these lectures, please contact

In 2013 the Ethics Forum focussed on one larger event: On Wednesday 28th November the London Ethics Forum returned with a new format - two speakers, refreshments and food and a new venue - Newman House on Gower Street (The Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of London).
Bishop John Sherrington and Professor David Albert Jones delivered short presentations, lead discussion and were available for questions from a lively crowd of participants. The topic of their papers were the medical care of those with learning difficulties, and how human dignity relates to how we should care for those with disabilities.

The meetings in 2011/2012 were:
Wednesday 23rd November 2011 - Dr Clare Walker (President of the Catholic Medial Association(UK))

Wednesday 22nd February 2012 - Dr Mike Delany on Medical Training and Catholic Ethics

Wednesday 25th April 2012 - Ira Winter on Fertility and Napro technology


The dates for the 2010/2011 ethics forum were -

Tuesday 9th November 2010- Dr David Albert Jones (Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre) An Introduction to Medical Ethics

Tuesday 18th January 2011- Dr John Curran (Consultant Anaesthetist) on Ethics in Anaesthetics

Tuesday 15th February 2011- Dr Adrian Treloar (Consultant Psychiatrist) on Miracles: A medical perspective

Tuesday 8th March 2011- Dr Anna Vella (Dr Vella holds a senior medical post at the Substance Misuse Unit run by Sedqa and specializes in care for pregnant women with a substance misuse problems and women who are sex workers. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta in the various faculties teaching on Addiction. ) “The ethical issues around confining drug addicted pregnant women for the sake of their unborn child”

Tuesday 5th April 2011- Rev. Dr Stephen Wang (Dean of Studies at Allen Hall, and Chaplain to the Catholic Medical Association UK) “Treating the patient or loving the person: How we respond to human vulnerability” 

The 2009/2010 forum events were: Tuesday 27th October 2009 Challenging ethics - Dr Anthony Towey

(Saturday 7th November 2009 Day conference in Vaughan House, organised by Dr Charlie O’Donnell & Dr Mike Delany -‘So you want to be a good Catholic doctor?’ For more information, please contact Mike on


Term 2 Tuesday 19th January 2010 Dilemmas in healthcare: some case scenarios - Dr Luke Howard

Tuesday 16th February 2010 Abortion, legal and illegal - Dr Michael Jarmulowicz

Tuesday 2nd March 2010 Ethics in bioscience - Professor Nicanor Austriaco OP

Tuesday 20th Apri 2010l What is the right response to suffering in palliative care? Stephen Cole (RTH) ORH

Tuesday 25th May 2010 Crisis pregnancy counselling - Sr Andrea Fraile


The aim of the Ethics Forum is to understand the Church’s teaching, and explore ways in which we can present it sympathetically to patients, colleagues and managers.

If you would like any more information about these meetings, please contact Stephen Barrie at