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UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator: rapid evidence, guidance, and critical analysis to inform policy

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Cian O'Donovan
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Host institution
University of Oxford
Team members
University of Oxford: Professors Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu; University of Bristol:Professor John Coggon; University of Edinburgh: Dr Sarah Chanand Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley; University College London: Dr Melanie Smallman and Professor James Wilson and Dr. Cian O'Donovan Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Hugh Whittal
Funding information (if funded)
UKRI grant number: AH/V013947/1.
Project Summary

The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator harnesses and mobilises the UK’s internationally renowned expertise in ethics research. Four major UK universities and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics form the collaborative which has received £1.4M funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the UK Research and Innovation rapid response to covid.

The Accelerator provides rapid evidence, guidance, and critical analysis to inform policy and help improve decisionmaking. It also supports, informs and promotes public debate around key ethical challenges, and ensures that ethical thinking is embedded at the core of future pandemic preparedness.

The Accelerator covers a variety of policy domains, and has recently authored several outputs relating to social care.

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Recent outputs

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Making older people visible: solving the denominator problem in care home data
In the UK today, the government does not understand who is in care homes, where they are and for what duration of time. Critical details about the population of people in care homes is missing or is not accurate. The aim of this Rapid Ethics Review is to: 1. Highlight state-of-the-art research on the reasons for these problems in care home data. 2. Show how ethical arguments are critical in helping decision-makers understand the values and issuesat play in designing better data infrastructures, andthe urgency with which these infrastructures must berolled out. Paying attention to these concerns and underlying values will help decision-makers responsible and accountable for care homes plot a route forward.


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UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator: rapid evidence, guidance, and critical analysis to inform policy