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Professor Vivienne Harpwood

Emerita Professor

School of Law and Politics

0.18, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

Vivienne Harpwood is an Emerita Professor at Cardiff University.  She was Course Director for more than 20 years of the Legal Aspects of Medical Practice (LLM) degree, the first Masters’degree of its kind, established in 1987. During her time in Cardiff University she published books and numerous articles on medical law and tort, and she continues as editor of Butterworth's Medico-Legal Reports. She was founding editor of the journal “Medical Law International”, and has given invited lectures on medical law and ethics to healthcare professionals in the UK and overseas.  Vivienne served on the UK Government's NHS Complaints Review Committee, whose recommendations in 1994 formed the basis of modern NHS Complaints Systems in all four UK jurisdictions. She was also a member of the Silicone Gel Breast Implant Review Group.  She chaired the Wales Cancer Research UK Governance Board and was a member of the Wales DNAR-CPR Core Group.She presented oral evidence to the Welsh Government's Health and Social Care Committee during the passage of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill 2013,and was a member of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 Expert Reference Group.  More recently Vivienne has participated as a panel member in the webinar discussion series of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics Programme “In the Wake of COVID-19”.  She has practised as a barrister, and has given many media interviews on legal topics and ethical issues.  After a long career as a legal academic Vivienne has held a number of posts in NHS Wales culminating in her current appointment as Chair of Powys Teaching Health Board and Chair of Welsh Health Specialised Services. She also chairs the Welsh NHS Confederation.

Speaking engagements

May 2014 Medico-Legal Issues in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Risk management and Medico-Legal Issues in Women's Healthcare, London ROyal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
September 2011 Developments in UK Law for overseas students Pearson Conference on Law, Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
May 2005 Communication issues in healthcare Patient Communication, Nottingham
November 2004 New dilemmas in Informed Consent Consent to Medical Treatment, Nottingham
October 2003 Ethical issues in data protection International Cancer Registries, Cardiff
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