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Health Law to be Focus of New Partnership

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The University of Worcester has teamed up with the Worcester Medico-Legal Society to develop a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between the law and healthcare.

Worcester Medico-Legal Society (WMLS) brings together medical, healthcare and legal professionals to provide a forum for discussion on areas of common interest and to increase appreciation of each other’s view points on medico legal matters.

The University and WMLS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable academics and practitioners of both healthcare and law to work together and advance understanding within what can sometimes be a complex and confusing legal framework.

Dr Helen Taylor, who teaches health law at the University, is a non-practising barrister and joined the Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society (WMLS) early in 2014.

“The Society has a membership drawn from the legal, medical and health professions, and each year a series of lectures with a medio-legal focus is organised,” she said. “After I had attended the first lecture, I was struck by the diverse range of knowledge and expertise in the room, and saw the huge potential for this forum to add to what I was delivering in my legal teaching at the University of Worcester. “

Dr Taylor added: “The Memorandum of Understanding between the University and WMLS sets out an agreement for the University and WMLS to collaborate in a range of areas including teaching, research and writing. Members of the WMLS would be supported in the achievement of registered lecturer status and would be able to contribute to University teaching.”

The first collaborative event will be a conference at the University of Worcester on July 2nd 2015, titled “In whose best interests? Determining best interests in health and social care”, which has secured nationally acclaimed experts in the field of Mental Capacity Law.

To find out more about this event please contact Esther Dobson on e.dobson@worc.ac.uk or by telephone at 01905 542711.