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Human Rights in Medicine - Myth and Reality

Lay Advisory Committee, RCPE Conference Edinburgh

Date: Monday, 20 November 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


The purpose of this participative conference is to assert the importance of human rights; challenge the interpretation and practice in health and to consider how best to embed an understanding for the profession and patients.

The major difficulty is that the term Human Rights is used as though it were self-evident what it means. But it isn’t".

David Roberston, former Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland (The Scotsman, 19 June 2017)

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Provisional programme

10am Arrival and coffee

10.30am Welcome- Prof Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

10.40am Introduction to the conference- Maureen O'Neill, Chairperson

10.45am- Keynote speech- Professor Paul Hunt, Human Rights Centre, Essex University

11.30am Judith Robertson- Human Rights Commissioner Scotland

11.50am Conversation- senior legal expert with two trainee doctors on the significance of human rights in daily practice and training with questions from the audience 

12.45pm Lunch

1.30pm Panel Discussion- Different Perspectives

  • Remote and Rural: Dr Patrick Byrne (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh)
  • Prison - Palliative Care: Ms Kandyce Powell (Maine Hospice Council)
  • International Perspective: Prof Sunil Bhandari (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh)
  • Human Rights, Compassion, Medicine, and Healthcare: Mr Dermot Feenan (Law and Compassion Research Network)

2.45pm Roundtable discussion groups

3.45pm Plenary session: each table to report back on one key idea/recommendation that has emerged during the day. 

4.15pm Depart


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Online booking for this event closes on Thursday 16 November but places may still be available after that date - please contact the conference co-ordinator for further information.

Registration fee: £45

A limited number of concessionary places are available- please contact Lindsay Paterson l.paterson@rcpe.ac.uk for more information. 

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Further Info

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the Great Hall.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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