Healthcare Workplace Ethics Challenge

Join students from a range of health care professions to explore new perspectives on contemporary ethical challenges for the health care workplace in this dynamic and interactive workshop.

The Healthcare WPE Challenge is one of the Ethical Grand Challenge options for final year students.  Participants will work with students and leading healthcare practitioners from a range of healthcare professions, to explore ethical challenges beyond those covered in most health care focused programmes. You will also gain valuable experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams, and learn new perspectives on ethical practice from the range of healthcare practitioners taking part.

Student feedback on the Healthcare Workplace Ethics Challenge Workshop

In 2017-18 Healthcare WPE Challenge workshops take place on:

  • Friday 23 February 2018, 09:30-12:00, The Whitworth Hall
  • Friday 02 March 2018, 09:30-12:00, The Whitworth Hall

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Key Facts About The Healthcare Workplace Ethics Challenge

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 on patient care of diagnostic overshadowing. 

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 and 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 final year 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).

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

How can I sign up?

The workshop is completely free for final year students at the University of Manchester.

The programmes with students taking part include: Dentistry, Medicine (pre-final year), Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Optometry and Speech and Language Therapy.

If you are a student in one of the programmes listed above you will receive an email from your programme with joining instructions.

If you are a final year student on a programme other than those listed abovebut would like to participate, please sign up now to take part

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.


The Workplace Ethics Challenge is only accessible to final year undergraduate students at the University of Manchester.   

What do other students say about the workshop?

Students that have taken part in the Healthcare WPE 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.

“It enabled me to reflect on ethical issues from other perspectives, including safeguarding, capacity, confidentiality, etc. other than my own” (Student feedback 2015)

 “The case studies were interesting and the planning of the workshop was outstanding” (Student feedback 2015)

“Working with other students from other disciplines really gives you an insight into the role of others and highlights need for understanding of ethical challenges which affect multi-disciplinary team.” (Student Feedback 2016)

 “I liked the use of scenarios as it really made me think, what would I do in this situation? (Student Feedback 2016)

Who helped create the workshop?

The Healthcare Workplace Ethics Challenge is one of a developing suite of 'Workplace Ethics Challenges' offered to 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