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Key Updates For Healthcare Professionals on: Consent, Capacity, Ethics, DNAR, Deprivation of Liberty and Advance Healthcare Directives

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 30th November 2017

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.

6 Structured CPD Points

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 Ireland’s healthcare services or the legal system surrounding it.

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.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson:
Jack Nagle, CEO, Alpha Healthcare


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

  • Ethical reasoning in healthcare
  • The Four Principles method for ethical decision-making
  • The BMA’s approach to ethical problems
  • The Principle of Double Effect and end-of-life care decisions
  • Ethical practice in healthcare


Ethical decision-making in end-of-life care
Speaker: Louise Campbell, Lecturer, NUI Galway

  • 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


Advance Care Planning: Advance Healthcare Directives
Speaker: Deirdre Shanagher, Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation

  • 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?


Tea and coffee break and chance to network


Informed Consent
Speaker: Anita Finucane, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • 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


Consent in Vulnerable Adults & those with Mental Health Issues
Speaker: Ciara Johnson, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library – Lecturer in law, St. Angela’s College, Sligo

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


Lunch and chance to network


Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015
Speaker: Mary Kirwan, Barrister & Lecturer, RCSI


  • 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


Consent & children / adolescents
Speaker: Asim A. Sheikh, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • 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


Q&A Session


Conference Close

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

Dr. Jack Nagle

Dr. Jack Nagle

CEO, Alpha Healthcare

Jack is the founder and CEO of Alpha Healthcare, an Irish company dedicated to providing business and management support to clinicians and healthcare professionals in Ireland and the UK.

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The company specialises in healthcare systems development and redesign, benchmarking and healthcare business and change management. Alpha has worked with more than 100 care centres, the HSE and the Department of Health.

Our sister company, Alpha Primary Care (APC) in the UK has worked in practices in Manchester, Newcastle and London and with the NHS. The company has supported practices in London, with a combined list of 350,000 patients, with registration and compliance to the Care Quality Commission’s standards and in setting up Quality Management Systems.

Jack has a keen interest in all healthcare system related matters and a particular interest in Total Quality Management, Quality Management Systems and implementing Kaizen events and change management in healthcare. He is a Non-Executive Director of the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Noreen O'Carroll

Noreen O’Carroll

M.A., H. Dip.Ed., Ph.D., DPMSA, Lecturer in Medical Ethics, RCSI

Noreen O’Carroll is a Lecturer in Medical Ethics (part-time) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and she was a visiting lecturer at RCSI Medical University of Bahrain on the MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law degree course over three years.

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She was also a co­leader of healthcare ethics workshops for Consultants from Salmaniya Medical Complex and the Bahrain Defence Force Military Hospital in Bahrain. Her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in philosophy and ethics were at University College Dublin and the University of Helsinki, Finland (NUI: PhD, 1991). She undertook studies in healthcare ethics and the philosophy of medicine at the Society of Apothecaries, London (DPMSA, 2012). Previous lectureships include teaching philosophy at Maynooth University, the Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy and All Hallows College. Noreen is a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s (RIA) Ethical, Political, Legal & Philosophical Studies Committee.

Mary Kirwan

Mary Kirwan

Barrister-at-Law, Lecturer in RCSI

Mary is a barrister and lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

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She teaches medical law on the undergraduate and postgraduate Ethics programme in the RCSI.

She is a dissertation director for the MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law course and provides training seminars in hospitals on medico/legal issues.
Mary Kirwan is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Galway and the Honorable Society of Kings Inns.

Mary is also a winner of the Law Society of Ireland Justice Media Award for her writing on current legal topics. She has written extensively in the area of law, including a weekly legal column in the Irish Independent, and is a frequent legal contributor in national and local broadcast media, including RTE’s Prime Time.

Mary is currently a member of a number of committees including a Research Ethics Committee, an Ethics Committee and an Advisory Panel.
Mary provides expert legal advice to various organisations on a voluntary basis and previously worked with the Legal Aid Board.

Deirdre Shanagher

Deirdre Shanagher

Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation

Deirdre is currently working with the Irish Hospice Foundation as a Development Officer.

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She is a registered general nurse who has worked with older people as a nurse and nurse manager. Deirdre obtained a BSc (Cur) general nursing in 2006, an MSc Gerontological nursing in 2011 and European Certificate in Palliative Dementia Care in 2014. Deirdre has served on the board of Care Alliance Ireland since 2014 and chairs the research sub-committee of that board. Her work with the Irish Hospice Foundation centres around advance care planning, the Palliative Care for All and Primary Palliative Care Programmes as well as supporting other projects linked to the healthcare team.

The Irish Hospice Foundation:
The Irish Hospice Foundation was set up in 1986 to fund and develop specific hospice services. Since then our work has expanded to address the needs of people dying in hospitals, at home and in other care settings. We work to provide equity in access to palliative care services for all patients with life limiting illness. We also promote discussion of a broad range of issues related to dying, death and bereavement, in order to identify what matters most to Irish people at the end of life and how best to address their concerns. The mission of the Irish Hospice Foundation is to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life.

Louise Campbell

Dr. Louise Campbell

lecturer in medical ethics, NUI Galway

Louise Campbell is a lecturer in medical ethics in the School of Medicine, NUI Galway, and director of Clinical Ethics Ireland, an education service which provides training in clinical and research ethics for registered health professionals.

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She has a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Essex and a post-doctoral qualification in clinical and organisational ethics from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include clinical ethics consultation and end-of-life care.

Ciara Johnson

Ciara Johnson

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

Ciara is a practising barrister working mainly in the area of civil law.

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Ciara graduated from University College Dublin with an honours BCL and went on to complete her LLM in Trinity College Dublin. Subsequently, she was called to the Bar and practises in general civil law with a special interest in Childcare, Mental Health and Education law. She is an accredited mediator. Ciara has authored modules and lectured, tutored and assessed students on the post-graduate Diploma/MA degree programme ‘Education and the Law’ in St. Angela’s College, Sligo/NUIG and is currently Academic Director of the programme. She has also been a guest lecturer in DCU for undergraduate students and has lectured on the DCU IoE CPD programme to qualified teachers and school management. Ciara’s lecturing topics cover a wide range of legal areas and cases relevant to school personnel including Management Bodies, Boards of Management, Senior Management, Teachers and other school personnel. Ciara will be delivering a presentation entitled “Consent in Vulnerable Adults & those with Mental Health Issues”.

Asim A. Sheikh

Asim A. Sheikh

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Asim A. Sheikh is a practising barrister specialising in clinical  negligence and medical/healthcare law.

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He is also part-time Lecturer in  Legal Medicine, at Forensic and Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and Medical Science, UCD. He practices, lectures and has published widely on aspects of  medical law. He also lectures in the RCSI and occasionally in TCD and the  Law Society. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Bioethics  and is Editor of the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Booking rate €350.00 + VAT

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. 

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