Biography

Philippa Kemp is reading for a DPhil in Law under the supervision of Dr Imogen Goold (Faculty of Law). Her thesis assesses the suitability of the regulations applying to foetal tissue use in research in England.

Philippa is the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Medical Law and Ethics and the co-convenor for the Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group.

Philippa obtained her Law LLB and Law, Medicine and Healthcare LLM from the University of Liverpool. She also works in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford as part of the Clinical Coordination and Governance team, managing the regulatory and ethical compliance of the portfolio of cardiovascular research studies and trials.

Publications

Recent additions

  • P Kemp, 'Case note: An Onerous Standard of Care in History Taking (FB v Princess Alexandra Hospital)' (2019) 7 Legal Issues Journal 135 [Case Note]
    In a recent case of appeal against Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, the Court of Appeal was wrong to find that Dr Rushd breached the standard of care for taking a history in _FB v Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust_ \[2017] EWCA Civ 334. An analysis of the court’s judgment shows that the court has failed to test the standard of care for taking a history against the measure of reasonableness. The application of the measure of reasonableness demonstrates that Dr Rushd did provide a reasonable standard of care. Although the court was right to uphold _Wilsher v Essex AHA_ \[1987] 1 QB 730 because junior doctors should not be held to a lower standard, this does not justify the Court of Appeal setting the standard of care higher than is expected by a reasonable standard. To uphold this precedent places an onerous burden on GPs.

Case Note (1)

P Kemp, 'Case note: An Onerous Standard of Care in History Taking (FB v Princess Alexandra Hospital)' (2019) 7 Legal Issues Journal 135 [Case Note]
In a recent case of appeal against Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, the Court of Appeal was wrong to find that Dr Rushd breached the standard of care for taking a history in _FB v Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust_ \[2017] EWCA Civ 334. An analysis of the court’s judgment shows that the court has failed to test the standard of care for taking a history against the measure of reasonableness. The application of the measure of reasonableness demonstrates that Dr Rushd did provide a reasonable standard of care. Although the court was right to uphold _Wilsher v Essex AHA_ \[1987] 1 QB 730 because junior doctors should not be held to a lower standard, this does not justify the Court of Appeal setting the standard of care higher than is expected by a reasonable standard. To uphold this precedent places an onerous burden on GPs.

Research programmes

Research Interests

Medical law and ethics, family law, surrogacy law, regulation of scientific research, regulation of artificial reproductive technology (ART)

Research projects