Workplace Ethics Challenge - Healthcare

How might unconscious bias affect how you support colleagues in the workplace? How might it impact on patient care? How can you limit the impacts of your own, or others’ bias in the workplace?

Join students from a range of healthcare programmes to explore the impacts of unconscious bias on patient care and discrimination in the workplace. Interactive scenarios will explore ethical challenges beyond those covered in most healthcare focused programmes. You will gain valuable experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams, and learn new perspectives on ethical practice from the range of healthcare practitioners taking part.

Workplace Ethics Challenge - Healthcare

  • Friday 16 February 2024, 10am-12noon
  • Friday 23 February 2024, 10am-12noon

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“I liked the use of scenarios as it really made me think, what would I do in this situation?" (Student Feedback)

Key Facts About The Workplace Ethics Challenge - Healthcare

What is the workshop about?

Interactive case studies will explore the impacts of unconscious bias on peer-peer discrimination in the workplace, and the impacts of diagnostic overshadowing on patient care. 

These are aspects of ethical practice common to all healthcare workplaces that aren’t covered in most healthcare programmes. 

You will be challenged to consider your own ethical practice in the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to draw on your own experience to contribute to discussion and debate with a diverse group of healthcare practitioners.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for you if you are planning to work in a healthcare profession and has been developed in partnership with practitioners from a range of healthcare professions.

You might also find the workshop interesting if you’re interested in working or volunteering with vulnerable adults or people with disabilities, in a support, advocacy or caring roles.

The workshop is available to year 3+ undergraduate students at The University of Manchester only.

What will I get out of it?

The workshop offers an opportunity to challenge yourself, learn about the impacts of unconscious bias in healthcare settings, and explore your own ethical decision making, in a constructive learning environment, supported by real-world practitioners.

Taking part will also improve your employability by providing you with insights and experiences you can draw on in job applications and interviews. You will also gain valuable experience of working, and making decisions, in multi-disciplinary groups.

Attendance at the workshop will be listed on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).

For students who began the First Year of their undergraduate studies in September 2016 or later, completing a Workplace Ethics Challenge also counts towards the Stellify Award.

How can I sign up?

If you are a final year student in one of the programmes listed below you have been pre-registered and will receive an email from your programme with joining instructions towards the start of Semester 2.

  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Audiology (first year students)
  • Speech & Language Therapy

If you are a year 3+ undergraduate student on a programme other than those listed aboveand would like to participate, you can sign up using the link at the top of this page.

Once you've registered, look out for a confirmation email from to let you that you have a place. The email will also provide further details and joining instructions.

What do other students say about the workshop?

Students that have taken part in the Healthcare Workplace Ethics Challenge workshop tell us they are more aware of their ethical responsibilities in the workplace after taking part (84%*), and that working in groups with students from other courses has given them insights into the ethical challenges facing health care professions other than their own (86%*).

*Feedback from over 500 students.

“Working with other students from other disciplines really gives you an insight into the role of others and highlights the need for understanding of ethical challenges which affect multi-disciplinary teams.”

 “The case studies were interesting and the planning of the workshop was outstanding.” 

 “I liked the use of scenarios as it really made me think, what would I do in this situation?”

“Interesting topics that challenged the way I think.” 

“Really interesting topics covered, good discussion and good to hear the perspectives of different professionals.”

“Fantastic stimulating scenarios, good interprofessional working.”

“I like that this workshop has allowed me to think out of the box and not make assumptions about anything.”

“Very open and casual environment, felt 'safe' to speak my mind.”

“I like how different students from different professions come to discuss their views and ideas, got me thinking of how I can expand my knowledge.”

“Very thought provoking and forced you to think about the challenges you'll come across as a future health care professional and the importance of being aware of your actions.”

Who helped create the workshop?

The workshop is one of a suite of Workplace Ethics Challenges offered to Year 3 - Final Year undergraduate students as part of The University of Manchester's Ethical Grand Challenges programme.

This workshop has been developed in partnership with leading academics and practitioners from a range of healthcare professions, and leading researchers in equality workplace, including:

Professor Chris Cutts:  Director of the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education 

Dr Christine Rogers:  Reader in Psychology & Deputy Associate Dean for Student Experience

Professor Helge Hoel: Professor in Organisational Behaviour & Director of the University of Manchester Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC),, Alliance Manchester Business School

Fiona Kevan: Director of UG Education, Speech & Language Therapy & Audiology

Karen Barker: Senior Lecturer, Midwifery, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Dr Ruth Bromley: Lead for Ethics & Law, School of Medical Sciences

Dr Victoria Silkstone: Lead, Community Based Practice, Pharmacy