Withholding and Withdrawing Treatment from Patients in a Vegetative or Minimally Conscious State

Friday 9 May 2014 10am-5pm followed by drinks reception

University of York

A joint conference
York Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre and
Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association

We are pleased to welcome as our Keynote Speaker Mr Justice (Sir Jonathan) Baker of the High Court Family Division who has presided over a number of highly influential cases in the Court of Protection and will reflect on his judgment in the first case of withdrawal relating to a patient diagnosed as ‘minimally conscious’: W v M and Ors [2011] EWHC 2443 (Fam). The Journal of Medical Ethics has published a number of articles discussing this judgment, which was also widely covered in the media.

There will also be talks from a range of experts covering the ethical, clinical, philosophical, economic, and sociological perspectives of withdrawing treatment from vegetative and minimally conscious patients.

Speakers will include:

  • Mr Justice (Sir Jonathan) Baker (Keynote Speaker)

  • Professor Penney Lewis, Centre for Medical Law and Ethics, Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London

  • Professor Derick Wade, Consultant in Neurological Rehabilitation, Oxford Centre for Enablement

  • Professor Celia Kitzinger, Director of the York Chronic Disorders of Consciousness (CDoC) Research Centre, Sociology Department, University of York

  • Dr Stephen Holland, CDoC Research Centre, Philosophy Department, University of York

  • Professor Simon Halliday, CDoC Research Centre, Law School, University of York

  • Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Director of the Cardiff Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, University of Cardiff

    An application is pending for accreditation from the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. Established practising solicitors and barristers will be able to count this towards their unaccredited CPD allowance.

    Free to CoPPA members and staff and students at the University of York and £30 to others.

    To register (places are limited – register soon to avoid disappointment): Click here for booking form

    Send the form to: Professor Celia Kitzinger, York Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, Department of Sociology, University of York YO10 5DD or email celia.kitzinger@york.ac.uk

    Location: The Lakehouse, Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East Campus, University of York. For directions go to: www.york.ac.uk/hub/directions

    Acknowledgement: This conference is part-funded by the Wellcome Trust [ref: 097829/Z/11/A] through the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2) at the University of York.