In Professions We Trust: Fostering Virtuous Practitioners in Teaching, Law and Medicine



Blond, Philip, Antonacopoulou, Elena ORCID: 0000-0002-0872-7883 and Pabst, A
(2015) In Professions We Trust: Fostering Virtuous Practitioners in Teaching, Law and Medicine. [Report]

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Abstract

As featured on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, ResPublica today launches a profound vision for reaffirming and repurposing the professions in our latest report In Professions We Trust: Fostering virtuous practitioners in teaching, law and medicine. This report, produced in partnership with the Jubilee Centre, argues that the legal, medical, and teaching professions provide a vital link between public service and the wider common good. Yet this understanding of civic purpose is in crisis, and the professions too often have come to be seen as self-serving interest groups. The conception of professionalism founded on the performance of duties has been eroded, with transactionality, narrowing specialisation, and the meeting of imposed targets coming to characterise practice. The resultant loss of trust has been detrimental to both practitioners and users of services. We need to acknowledge the obligation of practitioners to serve the common good in order to return law, medicine, and teaching to their proper status as vocations. This entails calling practitioners to reconsider their sense of professional purpose, and allowing the rebuilding of relationships, in which the doctor, teacher, and lawyer knows and seeks to serve all the needs of their patient, student, or client. Through this restoration of trust, it will be possible to return responsibility to members of the professions. This report reasserts virtue as the hallmark of the professions and their practitioners. The continuous nature of the practice of virtue at every stage of professional life must be grasped, embedding a consideration of practical wisdom and reflective practice in both training and professional life. In this way, the professions will once again fulfil their calling as vocations that serve the good of all.

Item Type: Report
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 16:03
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2021 10:04
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2048988