HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Madrid, Spain or Virtually from your home or work.
Heather Hanna, Speaker at Neonatology Conferences
Imperial College London, United Kingdom


Pediatric Practice often presents us with ethical dilemmas which may be very nuanced. As practitioners we need to have an excellent understanding of ethics and ethical frameworks and an appreciation of how these considerations may color our decision-making process as we practice personalized family-centered care. We may see some of the ethical concepts in very different terms, colored by our previous experience, level of knowledge and education, cultural, religious and societal contexts and we must appreciate that other members of the multi-disciplinary team, parents and care-takers, legal representatives and society may differ in their approach for the same cases. This requires us to have some methodology that takes all of these aspects into account, together with legal considerations, when we make ethical decisions with our young patients and their families. This workshop will therefore explore these areas, giving participants practical and useful tools to help to guide and inform discussions to enable us to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients, under very challenging circumstances indeed.

Audience Take Away

  • An exploration of the range of understanding and approaches to ethical terms
  • An understanding of the challenges of ethical decision making, via the mechanism of a case study
  • An insight into the use of ethical decision-making tools and practice in the use of one of these
  • A discussion on the multidisciplinary approaches to ethical decision making


Mrs. Heather Hanna studied at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London qualifying as a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in 1989. She also qualified as an RN in the State of Washington, practicing there for 3 years in Infant Intensive Care Unit and then as a Research Nurse at Children’s Hospital, Seattle. Her career was mostly spent in Neonatal Intensive Care before she moved into Research at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington where she also obtained her MSc in Allergy (dist.) from Imperial College London, before her move into Medical Education, obtaining her MEd from Imperial College. She currently works as a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow both with Undergraduates (in the Medical Ethics and Law Team) and Postgraduates (on the online Applied Paediatrics MSc course), both at Imperial College London.