June 2021 Newsletter

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This second edition of the bimonthly UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator newsletter highlights our recent outputs and plans for the coming weeks.

Our recent work

The Accelerator collaborative has produced numerous outputs over the last two months including Rapid Ethics Reviews, academic publications, opinion pieces and blogs.

Rapid Ethics Reviews

We have published four Rapid Ethics Reviews, one of our key outputs, since mid-May:


Blogs and opinion pieces

Consultation responses

We responded to the Department of Health and Social Care consultation on mandatory vaccination in care homes with responses from the Prioritisation workstream and joint response from the Data use and Public values, transparency and governance workstreams.

We also submitted a response to the joint inquiry by the Science and Technology and Health Select Committee: Coronavirus: lesson’s learned which is available on our website.

Media outputs

The Science Media Centre hosted a briefing with journalists on 24 May. We issued a series of thought pieces on living and dying with covid from each of our workstreams:

Coverage included an article in the Daily Telegraph in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). See our media release for more information.

Other media coverage included Dominic Wilkinson from the Prioritisation workstream being quoted regarding their piece on childhood vaccination in The GuardianHuffington PostThe IndependentBBC NewsThe MirrorThe Express, and an appearance on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland. Sarah Chan was also featured on BBC Radio Wales.

New advisory group

We have established an Advisory Group with a diverse and high-profile membership, which will meet for the first time on 1 July. The group role is to:

  • support expansion of the Accelerator’s network nationally and internationally
  • help expand our reach, impact and relevance, particularly in policy and wider society
  • identify and facilitate new relationships to people and institutions, and
  • support sustainability and extension of the Accelerator’s activities beyond the life of the initial 18 months grant

The members are: 

  • Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive of National Voices, the leading coalition of health and social care charities in England
  • Victoria Butler-Cole QC, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers specialising in health and social care law, and member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics
  • Professor Edward Harcourt, Director of research strategy and innovation at the Arts Humanities Research Council, and fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford
  • Adam Hedgecoe, Professor at the School of Social Sciences, University of Cardiff
  • Sheuli Porkess, Director Actaros Consultancy, Chair Policy & Communications Group at Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, former Director Research, Medical and Innovation at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Gurch Randhawa, Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire
  • Jackie Leach Scully, Professor of Bioethics at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and disability activist
  • Hetan Shah, Chief Executive of the British Academy, a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Deputy Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute
  • James Watson O’Neill, Chief Executive of the deaf health charity, SignHealth

Work with us

We issued our first paid commissioning call which closed for proposals on 11 June. There will be more to come so please keep a look out on our website and on Twitter.

We are also keen to collaborate with colleagues from the national and international ethics community on our outputs. Please contact us with your ideas on pandemicethics@psych.ox.ac.uk.

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