Specialty Director in Ethics and Law
BSc., MBBS, PGDipLaw, MRCPsych, PhD
Tel: 01223 768264
Elizabeth qualified from Imperial College London in 1996 (having taken an intercalated BSc in Neurosciences). She trained as a Psychiatrist in Manchester and Cambridge, and has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both General Adult Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Psychiatry. Her practitioner role is now as a Medical Member of the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) and she is also a member of the University of Cambridge Psychology REC.
Elizabeth took periods out of her clinical training to complete a Post-graduate Diploma (conversion course) with the College of Law, MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London and a PhD supervised by Prof. Tony Holland and Dr Isabel Clare (Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge).
Legal issues connected to consent to treatment and mental capacity; Empirical Ethics in Psychiatry; Medical education (particularly ethics and professionalism education.
Current projects include: Mental Health Law Reform in Hong Kong (with Dr Daisy Cheung, Hong Kong University and Dr Mikey Dunn, Oxford University), International Perspectives on Restrictions to Liberty in the treatment of Prader Willi Syndrome, and the Future Care Study (PI Dr Stephen Barclay, PHPC, University of Cambridge).
Since 2008, Elizabeth has been running the Ethics and Law component of the Clinical Course, one of the vertical themes that integrate the three stages of the course. She has recently also taken on the role of co-ordinating the Professional Skills curricula within the Clinical Course. She became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.
Elizabeth is Component Co-chair for the SAQ Paper of the Final MB Examination, which examines Ethics, Law and Public Health. She is also an external examiner for the Masters programme in Mental Health, Ethics and Law at King’s College, London and a member of the steering committee for a graduate student at Regina University, Saskatchewan.
Fistein, E. (2016) ‘Mental Health’ in Medical Ethics, Law & Communication Skills at a Glance ed. Davey, P., Rathmell, A., Dunn, M., Foster, C. & Salisbury, H. Wiley-Blackwell.
Fistein, E.C., Clare, I.C.H., Redley, M. Holland, A.J. (2016) ‘Tensions between policy and practice: a qualitative analysis of decisions regarding compulsory admission to psychiatric hospital’ International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 46: 50-57.
Fistein, E. and Malloy, D.C. (2014) ‘Patient first: ethics and ontology of nursing care’ Annals of Nursing and Practice 1(3): 1013.
Jacob, R. and Fistein, E. C. (2013) ‘Clinical ambiguities in the assessment of capacity’ in Mental Capacity Legislation: Principles & Practice eds. Jacob, R., Gunn, M. & Holland A.J. Royal College of Psychiatrists: London.
Fistein, E.C. (2012) ‘Conceptions of the good and the Mental Capacity Act’ in Autonomy and Mental Health ed. Radoilska, L. Oxford University Press (International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry): Oxford.
Fistein, E. and Quilligan, S. (2012) ‘In the lion’s den? Experiences of interaction with research ethics committees’. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38 (4):224-227.
Fistein, E., Bhamani, A., Sobani, Z.A., Baqir, M., Bham, N.S., and Beg, M.A. (2012) ‘Mental health in the wake of flooding in Pakistan: an ongoing humanitarian crisis’ Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, 22(1):66-68.
Donaldson, T.M., Fistein, E.C., Dunn, M. (2010) ‘Case-based seminars in medical ethics education: how medical students define and discuss moral problems’ Journal of Medical Ethics, 36(12):816-820.
Fistein, E.C., Holland, A.J., Clare, I.C.H., Gunn, M.J. (2009) ‘A comparison of mental health legislation from diverse Commonwealth jurisdictions’ International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 32: 147-155.
Fistein, E., Holland, T., Clare, I. (2007) ‘Comparison of mental health legislation for involuntary treatments across the Commonwealth’ BMC Psychiatry, 7(Suppl 1):S43 (19 December 2007).