On the course, you will:
This online medico-legal training takes approximately four hours to complete. The course is accredited for CPD by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. On completion of the course, you will receive a CPD certificate (for four hours).
In this first task, you learn about the significance of the Meeting of Experts in the litigation process from clinical negligence lawyer Paul Sankey. Dr Tom Boyd and Mr Richard Kerr, both experienced medical experts, then give their advice for preparing for the meeting and dealing with difficult opponents.
In this second task, you review the agenda and prepare your answers, giving your reasons for those answers based on the report of the claimant’s expert.
In this part, you see how Dr Boyd and Dr Moore work through the agenda, discuss their views and formulate their replies. You will identify good practice in their discussion and demeanour and write a short reflective piece on the key points you’ve learnt or what you might change about your approach. Following your reflection, you can view the pre-meeting notes of Dr Boyd and Dr Moore, their draft statement and the final joint statement for the court.
Finally, you complete a multiple-choice assessment to test your understanding of the issues covered on this course.
The online nature of the course allowed me to fit the modules in around my clinical practice and other commitments and gave me the opportunity to consider the topics in detail before moving forward.
The course is a great opportunity to learn from experienced members of the legal and medical professions about the theory and practice of medico-legal work. I found the online Zoom consultation to review my report writing particularly useful.