This report describes the findings of an assessment of the current provision of clinical ethics support services in the UK. The objectives of the study were to:
- identify any ethics support services relating to clinical practice currently provided for health professionals working in the UK
- investigate the perceived need for such a service among senior managers and clinicians within the health service
- place the UK experience broadly within an international context
- make recommendations on how clinical ethics support could be developed in the UK.
The report recommends the further development of a national network of clinical ethics support services to share information, provide education and support the design of specific initiatives to develop models of best practice appropriate to the roles of different trusts, including the new primary care trusts.
Slowther A (2001) Clinical ethics support in the UK: a review of the current position and likely development. Research report. Nuffield Trust.