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Introduction to Inquests (clinicians as factual witnesses)

  • 20 January 2020
  • Virtual via live stream (Zoom)
  • 9:45 am - 4:30 pm
  • CPD accredited: 5.5 hours
  • £375 + VAT

Delegate places

Invitation to delegates to attend Inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court on 21st January

Delegates are welcome to attend an Inquest at the Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court on the day after the training.  For more details, see below.

09.45 Registration
10.00 Inquest Overview – A Lawyer’s Perspective
An introduction to the legislation and procedures; stages of an Inquest process; the role of the clinician: from certifying a death through to giving factual evidence to the Coroner; professional/disciplinary outcomes and litigation.
Isabel Bathurst
Solicitor Consultant
11.30 Refreshments
11.45 Inquest Overview – The Court’s Perspective
Explanation of the processes from the Coroner’s Court perspective, including advice about appearing in Court and information about support available for factual witnesses.
Beth Whaley
Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court Officer
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Inquest Overview – A Clinician’s Perspective
Insight from a factual witness: practicalities of being involved in the Inquest process, advice on how to prepare and participate in the process fully.
Dr Chris Danbury
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital
14.00 Writing your statement to the Coroner: Tips and Techniques
Practical session: content and tone of a witness statement.
Dr Chris Danbury
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital
15.00 Refreshments
15.15 Giving Evidence at the Inquest: Tips & Techniques
Interactive workshop addressing giving evidence to the Coroner, including how to prepare for being questioned by a barrister or family members.
Dr Chris Danbury
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital
16.00 Summing Up
Review of the days content, open forum for questions and feedback
Dr Chris Danbury
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Course Overview

This course is designed to familiarise clinicians with the Inquest process, and the procedure in the Coroner’s Court.

Note: this is an introduction to Inquests for those who want to know more about Inquest processes generally, or who are providing evidence as a factual witness. The course is not aimed at clinicians providing expert evidence to the Coroner.

The opening session will provide an overview of the Inquest process from a legal perspective, covering issues such as: what triggers an Inquest; the Coroner’s remit; the role of the clinician, from certifying a death to giving evidence to the Coroner.  The session will close with a discussion of what happens after the Coroner’s verdict.  In some cases there may be professional implications, such as disciplinary proceedings or clinical negligence proceedings.

The Coroner’s Court Officer from the Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court will introduce delegates to Court processes and highlight the support available for witnesses of fact throughout the Inquest process.  This session will close with a Q&A

The post-lunch sessions will be delivered and facilitated by an experienced factual witness.  Dr Danbury will talk through the practicalities of being involved in an Inquest process, offering guidance on seeking support and how to comply with the requirements of the Court.

The afternoon includes interactive sessions to give delegates the opportunity to learn how to structure their factual witness evidence, both written and oral.  Please do not bring any paperwork to these sessions relating to open Inquests.

Invitation to delegates to attend Inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court

Delegates are welcome to attend an Inquest at the Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court on the day after the training.

21 January, 10am: Inquest in to the death of  a care home resident who died in hospital following a fall. There is one witness from the care home giving evidence in person.

21 January, 11am: Inquest into the death of a gentleman who died post-operatively following elective surgery to replace a heart valve. There is a cardiologist giving evidence in person.

Please let us know in advance if you would like to attend either or both of these.  We will liaise with the Coroner’s Court to ensure you are expected in the public gallery.
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Event Details

  • Monday 20 January 2020, 9.45am-4.30pm
  • CPD accredted – 5.5 hours
  • Malmaison, Oxford
  • £375 +VAT

Note: this training course is not aimed at clinicians providing expert evidence to the Coroner. It is an introduction to Inquests for those who want to know more about Inquest processes generally, or who are providing evidence as a factual witness.

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