Biography

Rob is a Professor of Medical Law and Deputy Head of the UEA Law School.  He is the module leader for both Medical Law and Company Law on the undergraduate programme.  In 2017, Rob was invited to join the editorial board of Sage's prestigious Medical Law International.  Equally, in 2015, Rob was invited to join the editorial board of OUP's esteemed Medical Law Review, the leading journal in medical law.  He also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Professional Negligence and the Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.  In 2014 Rob was nominated for a UEA Excellence in Engagement Award, and in 2010 Rob won one of the prestigious UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards, which recognises and celebrates outstanding teaching. This was awarded in recognition of his teaching on three popular final year modules: Law and Medicine, Company Law and Media Entertainment & Sports Law. Colleagues and students alike have been impressed with Rob's enthusiasm, innovation and ability to engage and motivate his classes. His on-going concern and support for the welfare of students is also shown in the active role he plays as adviser to students.  In his spare time Rob swims, cycles and plays amateur football.  He is a keen supporter of Manchester United and also enjoys watching cricket, rugby and boxing.

 

Career History

2015 - Present: Professor of Medical Law, UEA Law School.

2007 – 2015: Reader in Medical Law, UEA Law School.  

2005 – 2007: Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University.

2002 – 2005: Research Student and Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University.

Academic Background

2010 PG Cert Higher Education Practice, UEA.

2006 PhD, ‘The Law and Practice of Consent to Medical Intervention’, Sheffield Hallam University.

2002 LLB (Hons), Sheffield Hallam University.

All Publications

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Heywood, R.

(2017)

Live or Let Die?: Fine Margins Between Life and Death in a Brain-Dead Pregnancy,

in Medical Law Review

article no. fwx026

Full Text UEA Repository

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(Published)


Heywood, R., Miola, J.

(2017)

The changing face of pre-operative medical disclosure: Placing the patient at the heart of the matter,

in Law Quarterly Review

133

(Apr)

pp. 296-321

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Heywood, R., Mullock, A.

(2016)

The value of life in English law: revered but not sacred?,

in Legal Studies

36

(4)

pp. 658–682

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Heywood, R.

(2016)

Ethical Judgment: Chester v Afshar [2005] 1 AC 134,

in Ethical Judgments : Re-Writing Medical Law.

Hart Publishing

pp. 172-180

ISBN 9781849465793

UEA Repository

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Heywood, R., Mullock, A.

(2016)

The Value of Human Life in Healthcare Law: Life versus Death in the Hands of the Judiciary,

in Pioneering Healthcare Law : Essays in Honour of Margaret Brazier.

Routledge

pp. 43-54

ISBN 978-1-138-86109-1, 978-1-315-71610-7

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Heywood, R.

(2015)

Litigating Labour: Condoning Unreasonable Risk Taking in Childbirth?,

in Common Law World Review

44

(1)

pp. 28-50

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Heywood, R.

(2015)

Revisiting Advance Decision Making Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005: A Tale of Mixed Messages,

in Medical Law Review

23

(1)

pp. 81-102

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Heywood, R.

(2015)

R.I.P. Sidaway: Patient-Oriented Disclosure - A Standard Worth Waiting For?,

in Medical Law Review

23

(3)

pp. 455-466

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Heywood, R.

(2014)

Hillsborough: Legal Culpability in the Aftermath of the Findings of the Independent Panel,

in Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly

65

(1)

pp. 101 - 119

UEA Repository

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Heywood, R.

(2014)

Publication Review: Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law Volume 1, The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict: Walking the Tightrope by Amel Alghrani, Rebecca Bennett and Suzanne Ost’ (2013),

in Medical Law Review

22

(3)

pp. 441-450

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Heywood, R.

(2014)

Moving on From Bland: The Evolution of the Law and Minimally Conscious Patients,

in Medical Law Review

22

(4)

pp. 548-571

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Heywood, R.

(2012)

Withdrawal of treatment from minimally conscious patients,

in Clinical Ethics

7

(1)

pp. 10-16

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Heywood, R.

(2012)

Parents and medical professionals: Conflict, cooperation and best interests,

in Medical Law Review

20

(1)

pp. 29-44

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Heywood, R.

(2011)

Negligent Antenatal Disclosure and Management of Labour,

in Medical Law Review

19

(1)

pp. 140-149

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Heywood, R.

(2011)

Publication review: Autonomy, consent and the law,

in Medical Law Review

19

(1)

pp. 150-155

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

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Heywood, R.

(2010)

Clarity on Assisted Suicide,

in Legal Quarterly Review

126

pp. 5-8

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Heywood, R.

(2010)

Non-delegable duties and hospitals,

in Journal of Professional Negligence

26

pp. 49-55

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Heywood, R.

(2010)

Prosecutorial guidelines on assisted suicide,

in King's Law Journal

21

(3)

pp. 425-443

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Heywood, R.

(2010)

Saving costs in clinical negligence: The Jackson report recommendations,

in Journal of Professional Negligence

26

pp. 124-139

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Heywood, R., Macaskill, A., Williams, K.

(2010)

Informed consent in hospital practice: health professionals perspectives and legal reflections,

in Medical Law Review

18

(2)

pp. 152-184

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Key Research Interests

Rob’s research focuses mainly on medical law, with a particular interest in informed consent and clinical negligence. He also has an interest in mental capacity and best interests, assisted suicide, end-of-life decision making and advance decision making.  Rob has published in a range of specialist law journals including the Medical Law Review, the Journal of Professional Negligence, Medical Law International, the Tort Law Review, the Medico-Legal Journal and the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law. Rob has also published articles in general law journals such as Legal Studies, the Law Quarterly Review, the Cambridge Law Journal, the Common Law World Review and Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly.

Rob sits on the editorial board of OUP's esteemed Medical Law Review, and also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Professional Negligence and the Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.

Rob would be willing to supervise students in the following areas:
Consent
Information Disclosure
Mental Capacity
Mental Health
End of Life Decision Making
Advance Decisions
Clinical Negligence
Company Directors
Corporate Manslaughter
Organ Transplantation

Teaching Interests

In addition to the courses I am module leader for, I have teaching interests in:

Sports Law; Torts.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Medical Law in England I, II, and III - Deutsche Richterakademie, Trier, Germany. Teaching the German Judicial Academy English Law in December 2011 and June 2011.
  • January 2013 invited to review the main output for the AHRC joint research project between Manchester, Birmingham and Lancaster focusing on the impact of the criminal law on medicine. The review will appear in Medical Law Review.
  • November 2012 invited to submit written evidence: Choice at the End of Life All Party Parliamentary Group - Safeguarding Choice Assisted Dying Bill Consultation.
  • February 2012: ‘Withdrawal of Treatment from Patients in a Minimally Conscious State.’ Invited seminar paper at the University of Manchester.
  • December 2011 Key Note Speaker: ‘The Logic of Bolitho.’ The Norfolk and Norwich Med-Chi Society Dinner in conjunction with The Norfolk and Norwich Medical Legal Society.
  • February 2011 Key Note Speaker: ‘Developing Legal Attitudes: Debbie Purdy's Case and the DPP's Prosecuting Policy for Cases of Assisted Suicide.’ The Norfolk and Norwich Med-Chi Society Dinner in conjunction with The Norfolk and Norwich Medical Legal Society.
  • November 2010 - Medical Law and Ethics in the Media Spotlight. Two day conference at the British Academy.
  • November 2009 - Good, Bad or Indifferent? Medicine and the Criminal Process. Two day academic conference at the University of Manchester.
  • Sept 2009 - Invited paper: ‘Consent and Clinical Negligence.’ The Norfolk and Norwich Medical Legal Society.
  • May 2008 - The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow Annual Conference on Clinical Negligence. Work cited by David Body of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, the individual who represented Patrick Bolitho.
  • June 2006 - Law, Informed Consent & the NHS. A paper given for the visit of the President of the GMC, Professor Sir Graeme Catto, Tameside & Glossop PC Trust.
  • March 2006 - The Law and Informed Consent. A paper given at the Annual Conference of the Tameside & Glossop PC Trust entitled ‘Patient Centred Health & Patient Accessed Electronic Health Records.’
  • June 2005 - The First Annual Sports Law Conference. Two day conference attended at the University of Central Lancashire.
  • Dec 2003 - The Legal and Ethical Issues of Consent in the NHS. A paper given at the Annual Meeting of the Tameside & Glossop PC Trust.

Professional Activities

  • Legal Issues in Clinical Practice / Advanced Legal Issues in Clinical Practice / Contemporary Dilemmas in Healthcare Law. CPD Accredited Courses, UEA Research and Enterprise Centre.
  • Clinical Negligence in Nursing. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Norwich University Teaching Hospital.

Key Responsibilities

Deputy Head of UEA Law School;

Committee Member of the UEA G-Rec Ethics Committee;

Committee Member of the Norfolk and Norwich Medico-Legal Society;

Assistant Director of UG Admissions;

UG Outreach Team.