Medical Ethics, Consent, Capacity & End Of Life Care Conference


Recent Cases Explored

Key Updates For Healthcare Professionals On –

Consent, Capacity, Ethics, DNAR, Deprivation of Liberty and Advance Healthcare Directives

Date:  Thursday 30th November

Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Key Topics To Be Discussed Include;

  • Healthcare & Medical Ethics
  • The Four Principles method of ethical decision-making in healthcare
  • Ethical decision making in end-of-life care
  • Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Orders
  • Advance Care Planning: Advance Healthcare Directives
  • Informed Consent
  • Consent in Vulnerable Adults & those with Mental Health Issues
  • Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 – Draft guidelines from the HSE
  • Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Hague Convention on International Protection of Adults
  • Basic principles of consent particularly with Children / adolescents

 The law in regards to caring for vulnerable adults, adolescents, end of life care patients and children is rapidly changing and evolving in Ireland and It is important that all healthcare and legal professionals operating in the medical profession fully understand recent developments in relation to Consent, Capacity, Ethics and Advance Healthcare Directives.

This one day conference will provide an important opportunity for delegates to hear from leading experts in this space, network and discuss important current developments you need to note going forward. This conference will also provide you with the opportunity to exchange ideas hear of recent cases that are setting a precedent going forward and listen to others who are working in this area, their experiences and come away with best methods to implement for patients going forward.

This is a must attend event for all professionals working in Irelands healthcare services or the legal system surrounding it.

Some organisations registered  to attend include; Department of Health, Health Service Executive, HSE Cregg Services, Charter Medical Group, Leopardstown Park Hospital, Tallaght Hospital, CORU, St. John’s House, Myhomecare, Ronan Daly Jermyn, Kennedys, Beacon Family Practice, National Treasury Management Agency, Medisec Ireland, Stanford Woods Care Centre Ltd. , Hayes Solicitors, Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors, St. John Solicitors, Newbrook Nursing Home, Iona Institute, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, Simpson’s Hospital, Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services, Regional Ambulance Office, Waterford Institute of Technology, Orpen Franks Solicitors, Central Remedial Clinic, University Hosptial Kerry, St .Patrick’s Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Carlton Clinic, just to name a few.


CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the Early Bird Rate of €335.00 + VAT (Normal rate €435.00 + VAT)


CMG have had to bring the Early Bird Rate date forward due to limited Early Bird Rate limited seats available, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment


Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4pm





Jack Nagle, CEO, Alpha Healthcare


Healthcare & Medical Ethics

  • Approaches to ethical dilemmas
  • Ethical reasoning skills
  • The Four Principles method of ethical decision-making in healthcare
  • The BMA’s approach to medical ethics
  • The Principle of Double Effect
  • Case studies

Speaker: Dr. Noreen O’Carroll, M.A., H. Dip.Ed., Ph.D., DPMSA, Lecturer in Medical Ethics, RCSI


Ethical decision-making in end-of-life care

  • The ethical foundations of consent
  • Principles of shared decision-making in end-of-life care
  • A decision-making tool for building clinical ethics capacity in Irish health professionals
  • Application of the tool to a case involving a DNA-CPR order

Speaker: Louise Campbell, Lecturer, NUI Galway


Advance Care Planning: Advance Healthcare Directives

  • What is an Advance Healthcare Directive?
  • Distinction between treatment refusal and treatment request
  • Applicability of an Advance Healthcare Directive
  • Is there any liability if an Advance Healthcare Directive is not followed?
  • What to do if there is not an advanced care plan in place and someone gets a stroke or other sudden illness

Speaker: Deirdre Shanagher, Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation


Informed Consent

  • Why is consent important?
  • What is informed consent?
  • Refusal of consent for adults with capacity
  • Underpinning principles
  • Disclosure of information – who, what, when and why?
  • Importance of good communication
  • Is consent always necessary?
  • Documentation of consent

Speaker: Dr Andrea Mulligan, Barrister-at-Law, Law Library/Trinity College Dublin


Consent in Vulnerable Adults & those with Mental Health Issues

Vulnerable Adults

  • What is a vulnerable adult?
  • In what circumstances are they unable to provide legal consent?
  • How does the practitioner resolve such a challenge?
  • Proposals for Reform

Adults with mental health issues

  • Rights based approach
  • The interaction of consent & capacity  with the Mental Health Act 2001
  • Proposals for Reform

Speaker: Ciara Johnson, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library – Lecturer in law, St. Angela’s College, Sligo


Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015


  • Draft guidelines from the HSE
  • How it is to be defined and assessed
  • The functional approach to decision making capacity
  • Presuming and maximising decision making capacity
  • Principles that will apply in relation to any intervention where capacity is in question
  • Declarations as to Capacity
  • Categories of decision-making
  • Functions of the Decision Support Service
  • Review of Wards of Court

Enduring Power of Attorney

  • Formalities for the execution of an Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Suitability of a person to be an attorney
  • Scope of authority under an Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Registration and reporting requirements
  • Functions of the Court in relation to an Enduring Power of Attorney

Hague Convention on International Protection of Adults

Speaker: Mary Kirwan, Barrister & Lecturer, RCSI


Consent & children / adolescents

  • Basic principles of consent particularly with Children / adolescents
  • The Gillick competence test and the Irish position
  • Refusal of treatment by Under 16s
  • Parents refusal of treatment of children
  • Where parents differ on treatment
  • Minor’s consent to psychiatric treatment

Speaker: Asim A. Sheikh, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library


Who Should Attend?


This event will be of real interest to all healthcare professionals who deal with vulnerable adults, children, adolescents, obstetrics including social workers, Midwifes, nurses, directors of nursing, GP’s, Ward managers, carers, legal representatives and those who deal with end of life care to name just a few




EARLY BIRD RATE €335 + VAT per Person – (Closing Friday 6th October) Normal Rate @ €435 + VAT.


Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment


CMG Events Conference Discount

  • 15% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.


The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 


Why Should I Attend?


There are many reasons why you should attend this event, but here’s our top 3 for you to consider.

  • Get the most up to date information on medical ethics, consent, capacity and end of life care, plus hear recent cases setting a precedent for the future
  • Meet with experts and experienced professionals on this topic and ask important questions relevant to your organisation progress
  • Network & build new relationships with like-minded professional in your sector – You will be among other thought leaders who share your views


6 structured CPD Points


There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service


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