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Medical Treatment Decisions: Law & Ethics

Friday 16 Sep 2022


This course will offer an overview of the legal and ethical framework for decisions about medical treatment, both for adults and children, those who can make their own decision, and those who cannot, and how to tell the difference. It takes a practical approach to how to resolve and, better yet, to avoid disputes.

Decisions about medical treatment can be about life and death, such as withdrawal of treatment or (not) providing CPR. Or about quality of life, liberty and independence, which can be just as important. But the legal (and ethical) framework around these decisions is often misunderstood, leading to distress and disputes at the very worst of times. We have seen this in a few very high-profile cases, but there will have been untold others in private

By the end of this masterclass, delegates will be confident about;

  • The ethical framework underpinning medical treatment decisions
  • The lawful basis for restricting the options available for treatment
  • The law on consent for adults who can make their own decision, and the importance of good communication
  • The approach to establishing whether a patient cannot make their own decision, and how to act lawfully in their best interests
  • How to apply these concepts in controversial situations like DNACPR decisions
  • How children gain competence to make their own decisions and the role of parental responsibility
  • How to manage uncertainty and disputes, and the role of the court
  • The practicalities of preparing or giving evidence for court

Who should attend? Any clinicians or managers in healthcare, & any lawyers regularly involved in disputes about medical treatment, whether acting for NHS or independent sector providers or for patients / families. 

Facilitated by:

Mr Ben Troke LLB, LLM

Hill Dickinson LLP

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Fee Options

Virtual Training



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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