Neurosciences Specialist Group - Healthcare Ethics and Law: Application to Dietetics

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Join Samantha Parry, Neurosciences Specialist Group chair and speaker Abigail Pearson for your next webinar.

This webinar will cover key medical legislation in England and Wales and the ethical questions it can raise in clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH). Particular focus will be given to professional guidelines for adult patients with neurological conditions, and ethical analysis of key medicolegal cases that have define the law in CANH. We will consider possible future medicolegal complications  for dietitians such as nutrigenomics and increased accountability within ACP roles, to encourage policy and professional development within dietetics using advanced legal skills.

The webinar will be hosted on MS Teams.

Speaker Information 

Abigail Pearson, Senior Specialist Dietitian, Barts Health NHS Trust

Abigail has worked within the NHS and private healthcare industries as a clinical dietitian for 12 years and is currently employed by Barts Health NHS Trust as a home enteral tube feeding dietitian within the community setting of central London.

Abigail studied for a BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at the London Metropolitan University, and since qualifying has worked within a variety of environments within inner London NHS hospitals, community settings and private outpatient posts, that have shaped her specialist interest in nutrition support.

Abigail’s ambition to increase the profile of dietetics during difficult cases involving the initiation and discontinuation of enteral tube feeding, led her to seek formal education into the law that governs healthcare within England and Wales, that could be completed alongside keeping her full time NHS role. Abigail completed the part-time distance learning course, LLM (Masters in Law) Healthcare Ethics and Law from the University of Manchester over 2 years during the pandemic, and will share how she has applied these learnings to her role as a dietitian in the NHS.


Free for members of Neurosciences Specialist Group only


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