Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 posted in Inspire News

First Inspire MediLaw Annual Conference for Medical Experts

Inspire MediLaw are excited to announce details of their first Annual Conference for Medical Expert Witnesses.  The conference will be held in Oxford on Tuesday 4 December and will be accredited for 6 CPD hours.

The conference will be a great opportunity for medical professionals to network, meet our legal speakers, share experiences of being an expert witness, get the latest updates on case law and new test cases and take part in a panel discussion on working together with your lawyer.  We are often told by medical professionals that they get little feedback from the lawyers who instruct them and this is a good opportunity to feed that back to some of the leading lawyers in the clinical negligence sector.

There is also an opportunity to take part in a parallel session on witness familiarisation training in Oxford’s Mock Court room with Dr Simon Fox QC.  The training will be for a maximum of six delegates and give you the techniques required to deal with questioning under cross examination with confidence.

View programme here

Expert Witness Training

We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the General Medical Council on our Expert Witness Training.  From September 2018 our courses will include a short workshop session which will be delivered by Rachel Woodall, GMC Regional Liaison Adviser.

Rachel is a solicitor and has worked at the GMC since 2010, first in Fitness to Practice and later in the Regional Liaison Service engaging with doctors and delivering sessions on the GMC and guidance in areas such as consent, end of life care, raising concerns and Duty of Candour.  She previously worked in defendant clinical negligence, as well as advising on general medico-legal queries and on coroners’ inquests.

The GMC session will cover:

The GMC’s professional guidance on ‘Acting as a witness in legal proceedings’ to understand what is professionally expected of doctors acting as an expert witness

  • The ‘should do’ and ‘musts’ around keys areas in preparing reports, giving opinions, acting within competence and confidentiality
  • How do the GMC use experts in fitness to practice matters?
  • How can doctors become an expert instructed by the GMC and what guidance is available on this?

We have been very pleased with the feedback we have received from the medical professionals attending our expert witness training and the momentum Inspire MediLaw is building.  We are a team that have worked in medicine and law for many years and are all passionate about medical law.  We are committed to providing the best expert witness training course for medical professionals and to offer something special for medical professionals who are interested in this rewarding area of practice.  We hope we have inspired some, if not all, of the Medical Professionals who have attended the training to start medico-legal practices.

We have a few places left on our September 20/21 and November 14/15 courses in Oxford. For further details or to book a place visit the website.  Our 2019 Expert Witness Training courses will added to the website in the near future.

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