Making Moral Sense

I work with national bodies, with public and private care organisations, and with individuals. I help people to think about what matters, to explore why they do what they do, and to change things for the better.

Clearer thinking in high places

I have led work for NHS England and brought new thinking into the Department of Health. I develop ethical guidance for Royal Colleges, and contribute to better regulation by working with the General Medical Council. I  help leading third-sector organisations such as National VoicesThe Health Foundation, Help the Hospices, and Compassion in Dying to do and to use research. Overseas, I have advised the Japan Society for Promotion of Science and the Saudi Arabian National Commission for Academic Accreditation.

Clearer thinking for public & private care providers

I work with care providers throughout the NHS, as well as in the not-for-profit and private sectors. Many commissions are confidential, but NHS clients include the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, the Central & North West London Trust (collaborating with Murray Anderson Wallace), and the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (working with colleagues at Healthcare Performance). I am particularly interested in end of life care, and have worked with a number of hospices including Trinity Hospice. For several years I chaired the mental health care provider Umbrella, before its merger with One Housing Group.

Clearer thinking with individuals

I work with individuals and groups who want to make moral sense of medicine. Restorative Review is my unique approach to supporting people who have experienced troubling events in care settings. It gives an opportunity to explore the powerful moral stories that are told when things go wrong and to examine the emotions – such as shame, anger, regret, sorrow, mistrust and fear – that accompany them. I offer masterclasses in the UK and overseas on the philosophy and practices of moral repair, often collaborating with Murray Anderson Wallace.