03 May 2019

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) was pleased to support and take part in the 6th Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law.

The conference topic was Caring for Critically ill Children in the Glare of Digital Media, with speakers including Katie Glossop QC who represented Great Ormond Street Hospital in relation to the Charlie Gard litigation in 2017, and Dr Peter Wilson, a contributor to the Channel 4 documentary "My Dying Child".

The conference explored the challenges presented by social media in cases involving critically ill children. Key themes included parents' use of platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to campaign for experimental treatments or to oppose medical decisions, such as a move to palliative or end of life care, and the resulting privacy and moral distress issues affecting medical professionals.

WBD partner, Mark Gleeson, drew on more than 20 years' experience as a data law specialist to examine the complex legislative and regulatory framework applicable to healthcare information management and decision-making. Legal Director, Malcolm Dowden, focused on specific issues relating to the handling of "special category" and "sensitive" personal information under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK's Data Protection Act 2018.

Healthcare is a highly complex and regulated industry, and WBD offers advice, strategy and representation to a broad range of public and private clients including major health and social care providers, financial institutions and other key stakeholders. The firm's involvement in the conference reflects its understanding of the financial and regulatory pressures being placed on health and social care providers in the UK’s ever-changing healthcare sector, WBD currently advises private health and social care providers, NHS Trusts, CCGs and other NHS organisations, such as NHS Digital.