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Introduction to Inquests

  • 4 June 2019
  • Malmaison Oxford
  • 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • CPD accredited: 6.5 hours
  • £375.00 + VAT

Delegate places

08.45 Registration
09.00 Inquest Overview
A summary of the process, focusing on the role of the clinician: from certifying a death through to giving factual evidence to the Coroner.
10.20 Refreshments
10.40 Visit to Oxford Coroner’s Court to observe a medical Inquest
14.00 Lunch
14.45 Q&A with the Assistant Coroner for Oxfordshire
Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp, Assistant Coroner
Beth Whaley, Coroner’s Court Officer
15.30 Writing your statement to the Coroner: Tips and Techniques
16.00 Refreshments
16.15 The Coroner has given their verdict. What next?
Considering professional/disciplinary outcomes, clinical negligence litigation.
Case law update
17.00 Close

Course Overview

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

The first session will provide an overview: what triggers an Inquest; the Coroner’s remit; and the role of the clinician throughout, from certifying a death to giving evidence to the Coroner.

Delegates will observe a medical Inquest at the Oxford Coroner’s Court, where the Assistant Coroner will be sitting.  Places are limited for this reason.

The Inquest starts at 11am and is listed for 3 hours.  Delegates are asked to respect the Court and not to come and go during the Inquest.  Mobile phones and electronic devices must be set to silent.

After a Q&A with the Assistant Coroner back at the venue, delegates will receive practical guidance on compiling a factual witness statement for an Inquest.

The training 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 ligitation.


Event Details

  • Tuesday 4 June 2019, 8.45am-5pm
  • CPD accredted – 6.5 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.

Malmaison Oxford
Oxford Castle, 3 New Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1AY United Kingdom
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01865 689944


By rail

Malmaison Oxford is a brisk 5 minute walk from Oxford railway station. Proceed left out of the station towards the city centre along Park End Street; at the end of Park End Street, walk through to New Road and the Hotel is 300 yards on the right.

By car

We recommend you use the Oxford Park & Ride service.  All five Park & Ride locations serve the Westgate Centre, which is adjacent the Coroner’s Court and Malmaison Hotel at Oxford Castle.


Driving to the venue

There is a limit of 30 onsite parking spaces at the hotel which must be booked in advance by contacting the hotel on 01865 268400.  The charge is £28.50 for an overnight stay. Spaces are subject to availability and must be booked prior to your stay in order to guarantee a reserved space. You will be asked to leave your keys with our reception team upon arrival. Please contact the hotel for further details.

Car parking spaces are not secure and vehicles and their contents left in the car parking facility are at the owner’s sole risk in all respects.

Sat Nav

Please use postcode 3 New Road, Oxford, OX1 1AY.

Oxford is currently undergoing a number of new road layouts. Please allow extra time for your journey to and from the hotel. Due to the changing road closures, please check road signs when following Sat Nav instructions – Oxford City Council have introduced some prohibitions to private ar access in the City centre.

From the A34 (Oxford Western Bypass)

Take the A420 Botley exit towards Oxford. Follow the signs towards the City Centre along the Botley Road, pass under the railway bridge and turn right at the next set of traffic lights. Immediately turn left into Park End Street; at the next set of traffic lights drive straight across into New Road and the Hotel is 300 yards on the right.

To locate you need to follow the brown tourist signs with the emblem for the Castle. Upon approaching the Castle, the hotel is set 200 yards down the main drive, past the the Slug and Lettuce Bar & Prezzo restaurants.

From London M40/from Birmingham M40

Leave the M40 at Junction 9 (signposted Oxford A34). Follow the A34 southbound until the Botley interchange. Follow the A420 to city centre (see directions from the A34 above).

From M4/A34

Leave the M4 at Junction 13 (signposted Newbury, Oxford and A34). Follow the A34 northbound until you reach the Botley interchange. Follow the A420 to city centre (see directions from the A34 above).

There are two council car parks located in the city centre; Worcester Street Car Park and The Oxpens Car Park. Both are located within 5 minutes walk of the hotel.