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


Find out more about the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Healthcare

“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 diagnostic overshadowing on patient care. 

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).

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

Sign up for students on other programmes is now closed.

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:


The Downs Syndrome Association and members of their Our Voice Networka network of hundreds of people who have Down’s syndrome who live in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Hijinxone of Europe’s leading inclusive theatre companies, creating outstanding performances with learning disabled and/or autistic artists on stage and on screen, for Wales and for the world.

Leading academics and practitioners from a range of healthcare professions and leading researchers in equality in the 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

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

Students from the University of Manchester gave written and verbal feedback and participated in focus groups to help shape the content of this workshop.