to Inquests Training




9.00 – 4.30

Malmaison, Oxford
CPD accreditation: 5.5 hours

(from leading professional bodies)

Cost: £375 (+VAT)

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Learn how to give evidence at an inquest

As a clinician, you could be asked to give written or oral evidence for an inquest at any time – and this can be a daunting experience for any medical professional.

Our one-day Introduction to Inquests will equip you with all the knowledge, skills and confidence you’ll need to give evidence to the highest professional standards.

You’ll gain practical experience of writing a witness statement, with a real case sample to review. On day 2, you will also attend a real inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court and gain deep insights into how the process works with our trainer, Isabel Bathurst.

This Introduction to Inquests training is accredited for CPD by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Learning outcomes:

Day 1 will introduce you to:

  • the practicalities of an inquest
  • the legal framework and how to comply with court requirements
  • what’s expected of you as the clinician
  • how to structure your factual witness evidence (written and oral)
  • tips for giving evidence and preparing for questions
  • what the Coroner is looking for.

On day 2, you’ll gain invaluable insights into how the process works by attending a real inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court.

Taught by leading medico-legal experts

This course is taught by highly experienced solicitor Isabel Bathurst, who represents families at inquests following catastrophic accidents, clinical negligence, and deaths in custody. Isabel is joined by Dr Colin Holburn, Consultant in Emergency Medicine who is highly experienced in giving evidence at inquests. Finally, Professor Paul Marks, Neurosurgeon and Coroner for East Riding, Yorkshire, shares his invaluable insights via a pre-recorded presentation.

Please note: this is a general introduction to inquests for clinicians who are new to this work. It is not aimed at clinicians who provide expert evidence to the Coroner. Our Witness Familiarisation course would be more suitable for those giving expert evidence.


Introduction to Inquests




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
Inquest Solicitor Consultant




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
Isabel Bathurst
Inquest Solicitor Consultant


The Coroner’s perspective – tips and pitfalls (pre-recorded presentation)
Professor Paul Marks
Neurosurgeon and Coroner, East Riding, Yorkshire




Inquest overview – a clinician’s perspective
Insight from a factual witness: the practicalities of being involved in the inquest process, advice on how to prepare and participate in the process fully
Dr Colin Holburn
Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust


Writing your statement to the Coroner: tips and techniques
Practical session: the content and tone of a witness statement
Dr Colin Holburn
Consultant in Emergency Medicine


Giving evidence at the inquest: tips and techniques
Interactive workshop addressing giving evidence to the Coroner, including how to prepare for being questioned by a barrister or family members
Dr Colin Holburn
Consultant in Emergency Medicine


Summing up
Review of the day’s content, open forum for questions and feedback
Dr Colin Holburn
Consultant in Emergency Medicine


Isabel Bathurst

Inquest, Inquiry and Injury Solicitor

Mr Colin J Holburn

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Professor Paul Marks

Neurosurgeon and Coroner

Feedback from previous delegates

Excellent course! Great experience.

Dr Jo Lambert, GP

Detailed and practical insight into inquests. Well done!

Mr Mo Abu-Bakra, Consultant Ophthalmologist

It is so useful and educational that I find it hard to understand why it is not part of essential training.

Dr Anika Sud, Anaesthetist

The inquest training was probably one of the best I have attended. Thank you!

Dr Natalia Ghirasim, Consultant Psychiatrist

It was a great overview of the background and practical advice on how to prepare and answer questions at inquests. We do not receive any such training within the hospital.

Kumar Muthukumarappan, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Covered the topics I was interested in. Thank you very much – best spent money in the last year. Fantastic presentations and very approachable speakers.

Mate Vidra, Consultant in ICU/Anaesthetics

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