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Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals

  • Start: 14 November @ 9:00 am
  • End: 15 November @ 5:00 pm
  • De Vere Oxford Thames Hotel
  • CPD accredited: 7 hours per day
  • £450 - £895 + VAT

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Benefits of Inspire Expert Witness Training

  • Expertise specifically in the medico-legal sector means that we are able to provide the most relevant training for medical professionals.
  • Inspire MediLaw is delighted to announce that we will be working in collaboration with the GMC who will provide an hour’s session at our Expert Witness Training
  • Marketing of your expertise to our network of lawyers along with networking and speaking opportunities.
  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring by our experienced lawyers and medical experts to develop your skills as an expert witness.
  • Administrative support for 12 months by experienced practice managers to get your CV, T&Cs and reports in a format lawyers like to see.
  • Comprehensive course materials for easy future reference.
  • CPD accreditation.

(All the benefits above are included in the cost of the course)


Programme

Day One – Prepare
Dr Chris Danbury, Consultant Intensive Care Physician & Expert Witness

  • Practicalities of setting up a medico-legal practice
  • CPR 35 and PD 35 – Understanding your duties as an expert witness, standards and protocols
  • The law relating to clinical negligence
  • Recent case law and the practicalities for you as an expert witness
  • The roles of various players – client, claims management company, claimant solicitor, barrister, judge and other witnesses
  • What to expect from instructing parties
  • Identifying the issues that need to be addressed in your report
  • Examination and discussion of sample reports – good and bad
  • Preparing, structuring and writing your medical report to successfully argue your conclusion
  • The use of research and supporting information to explain your conclusion
  • Terms of engagement and how to get paid
  • Developing your practice and winning instructions
  • Q & A

Day Two (morning) – Practice
Paul Sankey, Partner at Enable Law and Clinical Negligence Solicitor

  • Understand what lawyers are looking for and the language they use
  • Consent post-Montgomery
  • Understanding the issues of proportionality
  • The cost process and how it impacts on your fees
  • Outline of Fixed Costs and how this may impact on medico-legal work
  • Use of medical records
  • NICE Guidelines and the legal effect
  • Part 35 – Questions and joint statements
  • Joint statements – agreeing an agenda and preparing for the meeting with your opposing expert
  • Areas of agreement and disagreement
  • Minutes of joint meeting
  • Attending Expert’s meetings
  • Concurrent evidence – hot tubbing
  • Q&A

Day Two (afternoon) – Perform
Dr Simon Fox QC, Clinical Negligence Barrister at No5 Chambers

  • Making sure your report is prepared for trial
  • Civil Procedure Rules you need to know about
  • Preparing for the witness box
  • Pretrial conferences
  • Courtroom procedure
  • Courtroom etiquette
  • Examination in Chief
  • Cross Examination
  • Questions from the Judge
  • Concurrent evidence – hot tubbing
  • When things go wrong
  • Role play
  • Q&A

Day Two (afternoon) – GMC Session
Rachel Woodall, Regional Liaison Advisor, General Medical Council

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

Speakers

All of our trainers are from our Advisory Panel and are practicing Medical Expert Witnesses, Healthcare Lawyers/Healthcare Barristers and are highly experienced in the Clinical Negligence field.


Event Details

Inspire MediLaw’s comprehensive two-day expert witness training course will provide medical professionals of all specialities with the essential knowledge, confidence and support needed to succeed in medico-legal practice.

  • Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 November 2018, 9am-5.00pm
  • £895+VAT to include additional benefits
  • Individual days available: Day 1 Prepare – £450 +VAT | Day 2 Practice & Perform – £450 +VAT
  • CPD hours 7 per day
  • De Vere Oxford Thames Hotel, Oxford.
  • Introductory offers available
De Vere Oxford Thames Hotel
Henley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 4GX United Kingdom
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Phone:
01865 565628
Website:
https://www.phcompany.com/de-vere/oxford-thames/

Directions

Close to the heart of Oxford, on the banks of the River Thames, lies De Vere Oxford Thames. With a history dating back to the Middle Ages, the hotels surroundings have an intriguing story to tell. Originally headquarters of the Knights Templar, the house and its lands have been owned by notable religious figures, lords, and even kings throughout the centuries.

Rail
Radley and Oxford railway stations are closest to De Vere Oxford Thames. Oxford is about a 10-minute taxi ride away, while Radley is closer to a 15-minute drive.

Road
At  De Vere Oxford Thames, guests enjoy ample on-site parking available at the hotel—free of charge.

Air
Birmingham Airport and Heathrow Airport have direct transport links into Oxford. Train service from Birmingham takes approximately one hour, while bus service from Heathrow takes about 90 minutes, with a taxi taking 55 minutes.