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Published: 10 April 2020

Online course to help health and social care staff make ethical decisions during Covid-19 pandemic

By Natasha Meredith

Continuing its support of NHS and other care staff during the current pandemic the University of Surrey is now offering a free online course on ethical decision-making in care settings to all caregivers, care assistants and nurses. The course is also likely to be of interest to those on the receiving end of care and their families.

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The four week course, which is available from 20th April, will explore ethical issues that arise in daily care and learn the best practices for reflecting on and making ethical decisions. Participants will also examine ethical frameworks, including human rights, virtue ethics and the ‘Four Principles’ of healthcare ethics: non-maleficence, beneficence, justice, and respect for autonomy.

Ann Gallagher, Professor of Ethics and Care at the School of Health Sciences explains:

“During the current pandemic, health and social care staff across the globe have to make challenging decisions about the care and treatment people receive. As resources are stretched, it is important that decisions are made ethically. We need to offer support and guidance to health and social care staff as to how this should be done. This course will be a stepping stone on the way to developing confidence in how to do this and give staff the tools they need to make decisions during this difficult time.

More information on the course and instructions on how to sign up can be found here.

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