Philosophy in Residence Programme

An innovative collaboration between the NHS and the University of Liverpool


NHS Research & Development North West (NHS R&D NW) is pleased to announce the commencement of a new and creative collaboration with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool called :

The Philosophy Department team, consisting of Dr Panayiota Vassilopoulou, Dr Rachael Wiseman, and Professor Michael Hauskeller, will take up a 12-month residency with NHS R&D NW, commencing on 1st November 2018.

The aim of the residency is to bring philosophical reasoning to some of the key agendas in health and social care by creating opportunities for questioning, critical discussion and rational argument.

Throughout the year there will be a series of events from small workshops to larger conference style days where healthcare professionals, health and care researchers, NHS managers and policymakers can connect with the philosophers. They will explore through rational investigation the truths and principles underpinning the NHS culture and the way it works both at an individual level and at a corporate level.

The first event, “Is there ever a right time to die?” took place on 18 January  2019, at the Friends Meeting House in Liverpool. To read the report from the event, please click here.

The second catalyst style event ‘Making sense of pain‘ will take place on 26th June 2019, at Federation House in Manchester City Centre. To read more about this event, please click here, if you have an interest in the topic and would like to attend, please contact Leanne by clicking here

Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool, says: “This unique and innovative Residency between the University’s Department of Philosophy and NHS leaders will create an opportunity to think deeply about some of the most important questions of our time: how and when should we be allowed to die, what does good health mean, and how should the NHS allocate scarce resources and manage competing demands on its services. Every one of us has a stake in these issues and we hope through this project to help to prepare the NHS for the future.”

Professor Stuart Eglin, CEO NHS R&D NW, says: “I am delighted to host this residency with my team and hope that this is the beginning of a new way of thinking about the future of health and care research.”


All enquires to:-

Gillian Southgate,

Director of Collaboration,


1stfloor, Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4FB.



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