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A collection of educational resources for clinical ethics committees

This section includes a range of educational resources for clinical ethics committee. These resources can be downloaded and used as teaching materials for committee education where appropriate. Copyright lies with the Ethox Centre unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to use these materials with an appropriate acknowledgement to their source.

A practical guide for clinical ethics support (2004)

This guide, published in 2004, provides practical advice for developing clinical ethics committees. Sections include a description of the development of clinical ethics suppport in the UK; issues to consider in developing a committee (with examples of experience of existing clinical ethics committees);an introduction to ethical frameworks for decision-making; legal and professional guidelines; and links to patient organisations.

CEC Resource Packs
These resource packs provide a range of material that can be used by CECs in self directed training. The packs include some recommended reading, a case scenario and a summary of the ethical and legal issues relevant to the particular topic. The packs were developed in 2005 as part of a project supported by funding from the Department of Health.

Tools and Worksheets for Decision-Making



Understanding the Mental Capacity Act
This resource includes a number of linked materials focussing on key areas of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 that are relevant to CECs. There are sections with step by step guides to assessing capacity and best interests, and considering advance directives; information about lasting power of attorney and the role of Independant Mental Capacity Advocates. There is also a section exploring the ethical principles underpinning the Act and a synopsis of its relationship to the Mental Health Act. Each section can be read on line or downloaded as a pdf document.

Consensus statement on core competencies for clinical ethics committees
The UK Clinical Ethics Network have developed a consensus statement on core competencies for clinical ethics committees. The statement can be used by individual CECs to inform the development of an education and training programme for its members. The Network is currently looking at ways to develop a curriculum linked to the core competencies set out in this document.