With fantastic online CPD provision now growing, why bother with face-to-face events?

  • Published: August 06, 2020
  • Author: Caren Scott, Managing Director, Inspire MediLaw

Inspire MediLaw provide training for experts in medico-legal practice only. We focus on the role of the medical expert in clinical negligence claims, emphasising how crucial it is to be an outstanding expert in this field in order to ensure justice is done for both claimant and defendant parties. Our training faculty have a wealth of specialist knowledge to share with our delegates, and we encourage experts to keep in touch and use our support services for future queries or training needs.

We know that, for some, the convenience of completing a tailored training module around regular commitments is preferable to taking time out of an already busy schedule to attend an in person event.

Online Expert Witness Training

Our online training programme for medical experts provides comprehensive, tailored medicolegal CPD.  Module content includes lectures, practical examples, written exercises, MCQs, and interactive feedback sessions.

The feedback from those who have undertaken these modules speaks volumes as to the quality and benefit of using this method of learning.

“I really enjoyed the modules and found it to be very interactive taking the same case through from report writing to trial with simulated meeting of experts and conference with counsel.  The option to get face to face feedback on my report was hugely beneficial along with the ability to ‘ask an expert’ on other practicalities around becoming a medicolegal expert.  I found the speakers very good and their expertise in the field was evident, making my understanding of the more complex legal bits easier than I had thought it would be!”
Dr Gavin Tunnard, Emergency Medicine Consultant 

“I really enjoyed the course and did not feel it was less worthy for being online. The content was excellent and it has given me confidence in my fledgling medico legal practice.  The session at the end with Isabel was very useful and she gave me about 40 minutes of her time which was great.  Thanks again”
Mr Robert Mason, Consultant Urologist

“Thanks Caren.  I really enjoyed the workshop; the talks and materials have been really helpful”.
Mr Nick Peterson, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

In Person Expert Witness Training 

At Inspire MediLaw, we believe in the importance of personal interactions in building professional relationships.  Conversations over coffee, and engaging in discussion around a table with peers, is a great way to build your medicolegal network and also enables us to identify, and provide support for, the specific needs of individuals undergoing our training.

Our two day Expert Witness training is facilitated by experienced medical experts and lawyers.  They outline the litigation process and highlight areas where expert involvement is key.  Through discussion and practical exercises, delegates get to grips with the legal tests applied in establishing a clinical negligence claim, and understand how to participate in litigation with integrity, objectivity and excellence.

Attending in person allows you to have your questions addressed immediately, in the context in which they arise, by experienced professionals.  You are encouraged to share your knowledge and experiences with others on the course, and to benefit from the same.  Opportunities to network over coffee or mealtimes cements that connection between you and our training faculty, and introduces you to a range of well established medico-legal practitioners.

A recent delegate sent us his reflections on attending our two day Expert Witness Training in Oxford.  Here’s what he had to say:

“I had undertaken a small number of medico-legal reports throughout my 20-year consultant career, and prepared a small number of joint expert statements, but had no medico-legal court experience. I wanted to obtain more formal training in this area, to benchmark my current practice against the expected standards and to get a better understanding of the expectations of an expert in the court situation.

The breadth of clinical and medicolegal experience among those of us attending the 2-day course made for interesting and informative exchanges during coffee breaks and meals. The relaxed setting and highly approachable team delivering the training made for an interactive learning experience that, as well as being comprehensive, was readily adaptable to meet the individual requirements of the attendees. 

Paul Sankey gave a very informative overview of the legal journey of a claim, and the solicitors expectations of an expert. I picked up a number of useful pointers that were going to enhance the quality of my medicolegal reports in the future, and it was only at this point that I became aware of where in the timeline of a claim the joint experts statement is prepared. I had no idea that I had been that close to appearing in court as an expert in previous cases!

It can often be very difficult to assess the benefits of training courses such as this one, but only 2 weeks later I had to attend a County Court, as the claimant’s expert in a case that I had “inherited” at a late stage in proceedings, following the retirement of the expert who had initially been instructed. I was able to approach this with a greater understanding, and much less trepidation, than would have previously been the case.

 I was fortunate to be able to consolidate the knowledge and skills acquired at the training course in this manner, and strongly believe that the training has made me a better expert, equipping me with a better knowledge and understanding of my role in the process, that should enable me to produce reports that more accurately meet the requirements of the Court.”

KR Woodburn 179Mr Ken Woodburn, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Find out more about our online and in person Expert Witness Training

We are delighted to support you in your medico-legal expert practice and look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Caren Scott, Managing Director, for details of our events and services for medicolegal experts.

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