Human Dignity at the Heart of Healthcare

About the conference

In the context of an ever more complex healthcare system facing constant financial challenges, this conference investigated the core values that should guide those working in the field. Fr Joseph Evans set out afresh the basics of Christian anthropology.

Dr Mike Delany shared his experiences as a GP trying to do his best for his patients amidst the moral maze of contemporary life. Judith Raper addressed the special challenges faced in the care of the very sick and terminally ill.

As ever these speakers stimulated great discussions and potential for positive change in the care of all patients.


A strong message emerged from the conference that dignity of the patient must be protected at all times and this must inform all medical practice. While there are many ethical challenges facing the healthcare professional today, it is well worth the effort and the sacrifice to strive to protect the dignity of the person.

Event Speakers

Dr Noel Russell - Chair

Dr Noel Russell - Chair

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Economics at Manchester University

Dr Noel Russell studied at National University of Ireland (UCD and UCG) before undertaking research work at Cornell University leading to a PhD. He has been at Manchester since 1979, apart from short visits to university and government organisations in the UK, USA, Italy and Australia.

Fr Joseph Evans - Speaker

Fr Joseph Evans - Speaker

Chaplain of Greygarth Hall

Fr Joseph Evans was ordained in 2001. He was the Catholic chaplain of Kings College London from 2007 to 2017 and is now chaplain to Greygarth Hall, a student residence in Manchester. He completed doctoral studies in Sacred Scripture, worked as a journalist and is a frequent contributor to the media.

Dr Mike Delaney - Speaker

Dr Mike Delaney - Speaker

SRN, MB, BS, MA Bioethics

Dr Mike Delaney trained as a nurse in the 1970s and went on to study medicine at University College London.

He has been a GP for more than twenty years.

Dr Judith Raper - Speaker

Dr Judith Raper - Speaker

BSc, MBChB, PgD (Ethics) FRCP

Dr Judith Raper has been a consultant in palliative medicine since 2011. She works in a hospice and also within the community setting across South Warwickshire. Her special interests include caring for those living with motor neuron disease. A keen educator, she has spoken at retreats for healthcare professionals at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria.

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About Cliff Farrand

I am founder of a web development company called Webformity. I work with lots of commercial clients and specialise in developing school websites. A former lecturer in Information technology and more recently Head of global web services for Promethean. I enjoy walking and recently undertook the hobby of photography. I am married to Yvonne and have a daughter called Natasha.