Medical Panel

MEDICAL PANEL

A vital ingredient for the success of any business is to work closely with like-minded partners. One of the reasons Inspire MediLaw is able to provide high quality CPD events and training is the strength of relationships we build. Our highly-valued speakers are some of the most eminent medical professionals in their areas of expertise.

Dr David Levy

Consultant Anaesthetist and Expert Witness

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Dr David Levy

Consultant Anaesthetist and Expert Witness

David Levy graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1986 and trained in anaesthesia in Aberdeen, Sheffield and Nottingham.

Appointed consultant anaesthetist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1995, David enjoys a broad clinical anaesthetic practice with subspeciality expertise in obstetric anaesthesia, neuroanaesthesia, anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery, and pre-operative assessment.

David is clinical governance lead for theatres and anaesthesia and an enthusiastic teacher of postgraduate trainees in anaesthesia & obstetrics, medical students and midwives.

David graduated with distinction from Nottingham Trent University (LLM, Health Law) in 2016 and has a busy medico-legal practice advising claimant & defendant solicitors and coroners.

"Entertaining and educational" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Very interesting" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Excellent" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

Dr Jonathan Moore

GP Partner & Expert Witness

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Dr Jonathan Moore

GP Partner & Expert Witness

Dr Jonathan Moore was a GP Partner in Chipping Norton from 1996-2006. His main clinical interests are Palliative Care, ENT & Audiology, Mental Health and Substance Misuse. He was also lead GP in dispensing and active in GP Commissioning.

He completed an LLM Masters in Medical Law in 1999 at Cardiff Law School. He has been doing medico-legal expert witness work since 2003 and has a 35:65 claimant : defence practice ratio.

He works extensively for the MDU, MDDUS and NHS Litigation Authority and does high volumes of claimant work for selected claimant solicitor’s firms. He has an interest in medico-legal education and in 2009 was an inaugural member of the MPS Educational Faculty. He has also done lectures and workshops for doctors all over the country. Jonathan was involved in setting up the Oxford Medico-Legal Society in 1998 and remains on the committee.

He continues to follow his interest in Palliative Care and chaired the Lawrence Home Nursing Team, set up in 1999 in memory of his senior partner, from 2003-2019. This ensures that patients can be looked after in their own homes in their final illness.

Jonathan continues in active GP clinical practice with a wide portfolio of different work including GP practice, Access Hubs, community hospitals, and “out of hours”; all fitted in around his legal work. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of GP’s in 2013 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004. When not working he enjoys living in the beautiful Cotswolds; and rediscovering life after GP partnership!

Dr Deborah Annesley-Williams

Consultant Neuroradiologist

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Dr Deborah Annesley-Williams

Consultant Neuroradiologist

Deborah Annesley-Williams (b. 1962) is Irish by nationality. After school in Ireland, she moved to Germany and supported herself through Medical School at the University of Cologne by working as a translator. She qualified in 1990.

House and SHO jobs were done in England. Her Radiology training began in Stoke on Trent, where she first developed an interest in Neuroradiology and continued this in Manchester where she gained the FRCR. Research into imaging of brain tumours using dynamic magnetic resonance contrast imaging techniques was undertaken there, resulting in the award of an MD from the University of Manchester in 2002. Training in Neuroradiology then continued in Dublin and Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 2000, Deborah was appointed Consultant Neuroradiologist at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where she carried out both diagnostic and interventional work. In 2003 she moved to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where she developed a specific spinal interest both diagnostic and interventional.

Deborah has an interest in teaching the clinical aspect of radiology and in medico-legal work.

In 2017, Deborah moved to the Royal Derby Hospital University Trust, where she now works as a Consultant Neuroradiologist.

Deborah is married to an artist and has a passion for her two horses, with whom she competes in dressage.

"Very informative & relevant" - Delegate at Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Phenomenal" - Delegate at Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

Dr Alastair Bint

GP & Expert Witness

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Dr Alastair Bint

GP & Expert Witness

Alastair is an NHS GP, and is currently chambers lead for Pallant Medical Chambers, Guildford.  He also an expert witness, having undertaken over 3,800 medico-legal reports to date, and was recently described by a judge as an ‘exemplary expert’.

He has provided expert written opinion in clinical negligence investigations across the UK and Ireland on the instruction of both claimants and defendants.

His opinion as an expert has been sought by GMC Fitness to Practice investigations and the Coroner’s Court.  Many of his instructions have led to him giving evidence in civil or criminal courts in person, as well as at Inquests.

With his breadth of experience, Alastair is well placed to give guidance to experts starting out in this area.

Alastair’s contribution to the Inspire MediLaw Expert Witness Conferences is invaluable.  His training sets out the basics of the legal process, progressing to the finer details of report writing, ethics and good practice.  His sessions are peppered with anecdotes and examples of theory in practice, and delegates are encouraged to participate in discussion.

Mr Kim Hinshaw

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and Director of Research & Innovation

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Mr Kim Hinshaw

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and Director of Research & Innovation

Kim attended university in Newcastle upon Tyne and qualified MB BS in 1982. He trained in North-East England and worked as a Clinical Lecturer/Senior Registrar in Aberdeen. He has been a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Sunderland since 1994 and in 2010 was appointed Director of Research & Innovation for the Trust. He is a visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health Services at the University of Sunderland.

His clinical interests include high-risk pregnancy and labour ward care. Kim has a long-term interest in obstetric skills-drills and human factors training. He has chaired the ALSO UK Executive Committee and remains an active member of the MOET & POET UK Working Groups. He is national Faculty Lead for the charity Baby Lifeline 'BIRTH2' programme, highlighted in the 2012 NHSLA report: "Ten years of Maternity Claims"

His other roles include Strategic Clinical Research Lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Northern England. He has chaired several RCOG education committees and is presently Education Lead for the British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS). Sine 2016, he has worked closely with Professor Marian Knight from the NPEU, Oxford, in his role of the UKOSS Steering Committee (UKOSS reviews rare disorders that can adversely affect pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies).

"So interesting & informative - phenomenal" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Very good" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Practical & Informative" - Delegate from Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Excellent" - Delegate from Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

Professor Richard Beale

Professor of Intensive Care Medicine

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Professor Richard Beale

Professor of Intensive Care Medicine

Richard Beale is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at King’s College, London, and a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and his clinical and research interests include sepsis, haemodynamic monitoring, advanced ventilation, nutrition in the critically ill, and ICU informatics.  He is Clinical Director for Perioperative, Critical Care and Pain Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.   He is also Co-Leader of the Clinical Academic Group within King’s Health Partners AHSC that includes Critical Care, and is acute Clinical Academic Group Development lead for King’s Health Partners, with honorary membership of the KHP Executive.

He is immediate past Chair of the Research Committee of the ESICM, and was a member of the ESICM Executive. He has been an ESICM representative on the Steering Committee of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign since 2004, and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings. Professor Beale is Clinical Director for London Adult Critical Care Operational Delivery Networks.

"Intelligent delivery, very on-point and very interesting" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017.

"Superb speaker" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017.

"Very concise" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017.

Dr Glen Doherty

Consultant Gastroenterologist

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Dr Glen Doherty

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Glen Doherty is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Centre for Colorectal Disease, St Vincent’s University Hospital and is a UCD Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine at University College Dublin. He completed a PhD in 2006 on eicosanoid signalling pathways in colorectal cancer and performed post-doctoral research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre and Harvard Medical School, Boston. His current research interests are in the role of mucosal immunity in Crohn’s disease and colitis (IBD) and in the importance of the host immune response in gastro-intestinal neoplasia, particularly Colorectal Cancer.

Glen has over 70 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. He is a Board member and currently Honorary Treasurer of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology and Chair of the Ireland IBD research network INITIative (www.initiativeibd.ie). Glen is also currently the National Representative and a Member of the Guidelines Committee of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation In addition he is a member of the programme steering group of the National Quality Improvement Scheme for GI Endoscopy and was recently appointed National Lead for Endoscopy Training.

"Phenomenal" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Very engaging" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Excellent and engaging speaker" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

"Very good" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017

Dr Roderick Mackenzie

Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

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Dr Roderick Mackenzie

Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

Dr Roderick Mackenzie is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine at Cambridge University Hospitals. He is also the Clinical Director of the East of England Major Trauma Centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital and an Air Ambulance flight physician with Magpas Air Ambulance. He has over 20 years' experience of the delivery of emergency medical care and the organisation of emergency medical services across the full spectrum presentations and incidents, both in and out of hospital. Dr Mackenzie was the national lead for the development of the new medical sub-specialty of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine and is the current Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine.

  In addition to his NHS clinical practice, he has experience of providing expert opinion in relation to clinical negligence claims related to Emergency Department, Air Ambulance and Ambulance care. His academic interests relate to injury prevention and control and the role of human factors in errors in emergency health care. His presentation will focus on common misperceptions underpinning allegations of clinical negligence related to pre-hospital and emergency department care.

Mr Mark Blyth

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Mr Mark Blyth

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Blyth was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2001. His elective practice is weighted heavily toward all forms of knee surgery including arthroscopy, soft tissue ligament reconstruction, arthroplasty and revision arthroplasty. In addition to this he deals with a number of late reconstruction problems following trauma. He also has a subspecialist interest in musculoskeletal trauma with Fellowship level training in this field.

As well as looking after general trauma he looks after a number of tertiary referral trauma cases sent in from throughout the west of Scotland. In particular he is one of 3 surgeons in the west of Scotland who deals in the surgical management of pelvic and acetabular trauma. In addition he is sent patients with complex fractures and dislocations around the knee. General trauma interests include fractures of the ankle and foot, wrist and upper limb and spine and neck injuries including whiplash.

He is the Director of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Orthopaedic Research Unit with a research portfolio of knee and trauma studies. He is also the current Specialty Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer in Orthopaedics and Trauma.

Professor Robert Grimer

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Professor Robert Grimer

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Professor Grimer qualified at the Middlesex Hospital in London in 1976 his first house job was working for Rodney Sweetnam who dealt with bone tumours, almost always by amputation. Deciding on a career in orthopaedics he obtained the FRCS and was appointed to the West Midlands training scheme where in 1980 he became registrar to Rodney Sneath at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. In four short years the management of bone tumours had changed from immediate amputation and almost certain death to chemotherapy and limb salvage surgery with a good chance of survival. Prof. Grimer was hooked and subsequently became the UKs first ever orthopaedic oncology consultant dealing with bone and soft tissue sarcomas. He established one of the largest Sarcoma units in the world with an International reputation for research and innovation. He has lectured in over 30 countries and has over 360 peer reviewed publications. Retired from clinical practice in 2016 (40 years to the day from starting) he maintains an active interest in research. He has extensive medico-legal experience both in personal injury reporting and in medical negligence cases, acting impartially both for claimant and defendant.

Mr Gavin Tait

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Mr Gavin Tait

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Gavin R. Tait FRCSEd, FRCPSG, a graduate of Edinburgh University, has recently retired from one of the largest NHS shoulder surgery practices in Scotland.  He continues with a 25 year established medicolegal practice and reports on personal and industrial injury, and clinical negligence for pursuer or defender.  He is instructed regularly by the Scottish Central Legal Office, and the National Litigation Authority, now NHS Resolution, in England. He is a recommended expert for the AVMA, the Action against Medical Accidents.  He prepares around 175 reports annually of which 20-30 are for clinical negligence.

Professor Margaret McQueen

Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma

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Professor Margaret McQueen

Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma

Margaret McQueen is a Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Edinburgh. She graduated MBChB from the University of Edinburgh in 1977 and underwent orthopaedic surgical training in Edinburgh.

In 1988 Professor McQueen was appointed Senior Lecturer in the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant to the Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. In 1994 she was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon to the first full-time orthopaedic trauma post in Scotland.  She holds a personal chair at the University of Edinburgh which was the first chair in orthopaedic surgery to be awarded to a woman in the UK.

Professor McQueen’s professional life has been dominated by the promotion of evidence-based medicine in orthopaedic trauma. In 1995 she was awarded an MD with distinction from the University of Edinburgh for her research into acute compartment syndrome. For this work she is the only non-American to have received the Edwin G. Bovill Award for outstanding clinical research by the American Orthopaedic Trauma Association. She has pioneered new techniques of management of distal radial fractures and her continuing work on the common osteoporotic fractures influences their management both nationally and internationally.

Professor McQueen is a prolific contributor to peer-reviewed orthopaedic journals, has written four books and is the first female editor of Rockwood and Green’s “Fractures in Adults”, the world’s premier othopaedic trauma textbook.

Dr Adrian Marcus

Consultant Radiologist

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Dr Adrian Marcus

Consultant Radiologist

He qualified in Liverpool 1979, gaining a surgical fellowship 1983, MD in experimental pathology 1985 on An experimental animal model for the study of ulcerative disease of the colon and its application to the screening of drugs. 

Gained a radiology Fellowship in 1987 , awarded a Joint Research Board Grant from St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the Kodak Travelling Scholarship 1988.
Was appointed Assistant Professor of Radiology at Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University , and was a Post-graduate research fellow in UCSD 1988-9 as an interventional radiologist.

On returning to the UK, was appointed a consultant radiologist with an interest in body imaging and intervention. Retired from his post held for 27 yrs at Barnet General hospital in July 2017 and was re-appointed on a yearly renewable four-session contract to the same post by the Royal Free Hospital London Foundation Trust.
Worked closely with clinician colleagues supplying a strong solid radiology service, including body and muscularskeletal imaging. Had two routine interventional sessions per week up until July 2017 .

Currently performs routine ultrasound lists which include; muscular skeletal, transvaginal , and vascular cases. Reports MRI and CT cases for emergency, as well as cancer staging, particularly for Gastrointestinal, Urology, including prostate MRI and Gynaecology patients.

Attends weekly MDT's for GI imaging.

Is a member of the Radiology Executive  Training Committee and a reviewer for the Clinical Radiology Journal. Was panel member for the Clinical Radiology Training Executive Board, London Adult emergency services review and a  reviewer for the Pan-London Quality & regulation Unit.

He has published widely particularly in interventional radiology and experimental colitis . Is in the process of introducing a clinical trial on the effects of carrageenan on patients with ulcerative colitis.  Has been a medical expert witness in a number of complex law cases.

Dr Julia Harris

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

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Dr Julia Harris

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Dr Harris was appointed a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 1999 following training in Emergency Medicine in North West London. She moved to University Hospitals Southampton NHS Trust in 2003.

She has worked full time In Emergency Medicine and been Lead Clinician for the Emergency Department and Head of School for Emergency Medicine in the Wessex Deanery.

She has a clear understanding of training in Emergency Medicine and the competences of emergency medicine doctors in training. Julia is the Patient Safety Lead for Wessex Deanery.

Dr Harris has been providing expert advice in Emergency Medicine throughout her consultant career. She is accredited with Cardiff University/Bond Solon as an Expert Witness (2005) and undertakes regular CPD to support her expert witness work

Dr Simon Ashworth

Head of Speciality & Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine

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Dr Simon Ashworth

Head of Speciality & Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine

Dr Simon Ashworth qualified in medicine from Southampton University, having previously obtained an intercalated degree in psychology. He trained in general medical specialties in Nottingham where he also gained his first experience in intensive care. In order to pursue a career in intensive care he moved to London where he trained in anaesthesia and intensive care at a number of hospitals including Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Royal Marsden, Royal Brompton, and St Mary's hospitals as well as the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square.

Dr Ashworth was appointed at St Mary's as a consultant in 2002. He was the lead clinician for interhospital transfers from 2003 for the North West London Critical Care Network. He wrote the original Critical Care Transfer Course, and developed documentation and guidelines that are now used London-wide. He was first lead clinician in intensive care in 2012, and was appointed head of specialty for critical care in 2015. He is an expert in intensive care unit (ICU) informatics. He has been a collaborator in the successful NIHR Health Informatics Collaboration intensive care theme led by Prof Mervyn Singer, developing a research database for intensive care. Dr Ashworth sits on the Imperial Academic Health Science Centre research informatics committee. He has undertaken work as an expert witness and has completed the Cardiff University Bond Solon expert witness training course.

Dr Ashworth is an expert in the management of multi-drug resistant infections in ICU, and has a wide range of other critical care clinical interests including major incident planning, sepsis, weaning, the endocrinology of critical illness, and neurological and trauma intensive care. He is the chairman of the critical care infection prevention and control committee.

Dr Gareth Davies

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

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Dr Gareth Davies

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Dr Gareth Davies, Medical Director of London’s Air Ambulance and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, pre-hospital care and emergency preparedness with Barts Health NHS Trust. Gareth has 20 years experience in the air ambulance industry. He joined London’s Air Ambulance as a Registrar in 193 and has been responsible for the education and training of staff since 1996 when he became responsible for the education and training of staff since 1996 when he became Medical Director.

Gareth has developed Standards in pre-hospital medical care a number of innovative procedures including resuscitative thoracotomy (open chest surgery), and rapid sequence of induction of anaesthesia with intubation. Gareth has been the lead consultant at many of London’s major incidents, including the Paddington Rail Disaster and the 7th of July 2005 Bombings. He became a Trustee and Chair of the London’s Air Ambulance Charity in 2006 and is also a Director of EMSC, a company formed to provide clinical governance to a number of UK Air Ambulances. He is also Honorary Consultant at Kent Surrey Air Ambulance Service and Essex and rts Air Ambulance Service.

Dr Giles Maskell

Consultant Radiologist

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Dr Giles Maskell

Consultant Radiologist

Giles Maskell. Consultant radiologist since 1991. President of the Royal College of Radiologists 2013-2016.

Job Title. consultant radiologist. Specialty(s). Gastrointestinal and Oncological Radiology.

GMC Membership Number. 2652090

Dr Francis Morris

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

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Dr Francis Morris

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Francis Morris has been a consultant in Emergency Medicine (A & E) in Sheffield since 1992 and has over 30 years experience in the speciality.

The Emergency Department in Sheffield is a large unit and Major Trauma Centre with an annual attendance of over 130,000 patients and includes a remote Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).

Francis Morris was the Clinical Director of the unit from 1997 until 2016 and oversaw the Emergency Department, Minor Injuries Unit, the Major Trauma Centre and the department of Acute Medicine

ADDITIONAL CLINICAL AND MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE AND ROLES

  • Chairman of the Resuscitation Sub-Committee of the Northern General Hospital  1993 – 1997
  • Clinical Director, Chest Pain Observation Unit 1999 - 2008
  • Editorial Board – Journal of Accident & Emergency Medicine 2000 – 2006
  • Reviewer of articles for the Emergency Medicine Journal since  2008
  • Member Guideline Group for  NICE for the guidance on  Acute Coronary Syndromes 2008/2009
  • Director of Sheffield Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)    each November 2000 - 2013
  • Clinical Director for Major Trauma at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  2010 - 2013
  • Advisor for the National Clinical Advisory Service a body which assesses the clinical standards of individual doctors.
  • National Director of continuing professional development for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine from  2013 until 2016.
  • Adviser to Welsh Health Authority on  Complaints and claims
  • Adviser to the Health Service Ombudsman on complaints.

Dr Rebecca Salter

Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

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Dr Rebecca Salter

Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr Salter graduated from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1995 and trained in Paediatrics in and around London .She completed her training in 2008 as a dual qualified General Paediatrician with sub specialty training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr Salter was subsequently appointed as a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in 2008 at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare in London. She was appointed as Head of Specialty in January 2015. St Mary's is one of the four London Trauma Centres and her clinical practice includes both sick and injured children. Dr Salter is well placed in her medico-legal practice to comment on the acutely sick and injured child and on both the treatment received in an Emergency Department and as an inpatient under the care of Paediatricians. Dr Salter has experience both in her NHS practice and medico-legal practice in report writing and court appearances both as factual and expert witness in family, criminal and coroners court.

Michelle Caton-Richards

Registered Nurse & Expert Witness

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Michelle Caton-Richards

Registered Nurse & Expert Witness

Qualifications

PG Cert, Non Medical Prescriber, DipHE Nursing Studies

Specialisms

  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Experience in Accident & Emergency
  • Minor injuries
  • Triage nurse
I qualified as a General Nurse in 2003 and started work in the Day Surgery unit.  I began my Accident and Emergency career in 2004.  I have worked in many different emergency departments in London, Surrey, Berkshire and Lincolnshire, a deliberate attempt to gain as much varied experience as possible. I also took a year out of nursing in 2009 to work as long haul cabin crew for British Airways. This gave me a new attitude to 'customer service', something I have brought back with me to my work in the NHS. It also gave me an opportunity to experience many different cultures and cultural differences. During my time as cabin crew I was involved in many medical incidents on board the aircraft. I am currently self employed. Clinically, I work as a locum advanced/emergency nurse practitioner (ANP/ENP). This autonomous role includes:- History taking, examination, diagnosing and treating adults and children with a wide range of minor injuries and minor illness; X-ray requesting and interpretation; Phlebotomy and interpretation of results; Applying splints and plaster of paris; All aspects of wound care and closure, including suturing; Giving discharge advice, written and verbal; Arranging appropriate follow ups with specialists, General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, District Nurses; Referring to the Senior Doctor in the event that the potential diagnosis is outside my sphere of competence; Ensuring patients are happy with their plan of care and responding to questions and concerns. My other roles include working as an expert witness, teaching at university as a guest lecturer, quality surveillance for NHS England and as a volunteer for a prematurity charity. I also have managerial experience as a senior sister/team leader in the emergency department. This role involved taking charge of the department ensuring timely throughput of patients without compromising care, responding to arising problems, and ensuring my staff were supported and happy. I also line managed a small team of nurses, which involved sickness management, appraisals, problem solving and being a support mechanism, for personal problems as well as professional. I keep myself updated, through attending courses and ensuring that I am aware of developments in my field through reading and researching evidence based practice. I have had articles published in the Emergency Nurse Journal and have recently been asked to speak at a conference for medical negligence solicitors. I am currently studying for my MSc in advanced practice at St Georges University of London, with plans to publish my research in an international emergency medical journal. Professional Affiliations Nursing and Midwifery Council Royal College of Nursing Professional Education Current MSc Advanced Practice: Prescribing, St George's, University of London 2014 V300 Non-medical prescribing, St George's, University of London 2014 PGCE- Health care Practice, St George's, University of London 2005 Dip HE Adult Nursing, Kingston University

Dr Jonathan Bannister

Consultant in Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia

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Dr Jonathan Bannister

Consultant in Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia

Dr Jonathan Bannister is a practicing senior consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia. He holds the posts of Consultant with NHS Tayside and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the University of Dundee.

Dr Bannister has an established medico-legal practice instructed by both claimant and defendant solicitors, 80% for claimant at present. He is instructed by a range of solicitors, including several high profile companies, and also by the medical defence agencies and NHS legal departments.

Specialist areas include chronic pain after injury, post-operative pain relief, treatment of chronic and neuropathic pain. He is instructed in negligence claims both in pain medicine and anaesthesia. Opinion and decision making in pain medicine is often complex and so he is well used to consulting with Counsel.

Current clinical practice is divided between pain medicine and anaesthesia. In pain medicine he specializes in neuropathic pain, the interface between pain and drug misuse and spinal cord stimulation for pain. In anaesthesia his current clinical practice is in neurosurgery, and in orthopaedic and trauma surgery. Prior to this he had an extensive practice in anaesthesia for vascular surgery.

Dr Bannister is recognised as a key opinion leader. He sat on Scottish Government’s Chronic Pain Steering Group and was a member of the national guideline development group which produced SIGN 136: Management of Chronic Pain. He is an advisor to Scottish Medicines Consortium. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine in the Royal College on Anaesthetists. He has led both anaesthesia and pain services for NHS Tayside.

He continues to lecture nationally and internationally, has authored 27 peer-reviewed papers, published one book and authored chapters in others.

Areas of expertise: Chronic Pain and Anaesthesia
Contact:
Geländer Ltd
Wester Claysyke
Kinross  KY13 0UP

Email: j.bannister@dundee.ac.uk
Tel: 07711 608951

Dr Chris Danbury

Consultant Intensive Care Physician, Visiting Fellow in Health Law, Expert Witness and Mediator

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Dr Chris Danbury

Consultant Intensive Care Physician, Visiting Fellow in Health Law, Expert Witness and Mediator

“I have almost 30 years experience in managing critically ill patients, with over 15 years of them as a consultant in intensive care. After gaining an M.Phil in Medical Law, I was offered a personal appointment as Visiting Fellow in Health Law by the Senate of the University of Reading and have lectured on the LLB for over 12 years. I am an experienced expert witness and give oral evidence regularly, particularly in the Court of Protection. I am also an experienced mediator, specialising in healthcare mediation – clinical negligence and serious medical treatment.”

Current Appointments:
Consultant Intensive Care Physician, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Visiting Fellow in Health Law, School of Law, University of Reading
Chair, Legal and Ethical Policy Unit, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
Registered Mediator, Civil Mediation Council
Mediator, Trust Mediation
Director, Medical Mediation Foundation
Volunteer, Resolve (Community Mediation)

Past Appointments:
Honorary Secretary and Council Member, Intensive Care Society
Member, NHS England, Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group
Co-Chair, Joint Standards Committee, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine / Intensive Care Society
Tutor, Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Medical Lead for Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Contact
Email: enquiries@intensivecarespecialists.co.uk
Telephone: 07730 586900

Mr William Allum

Consultant Surgeon

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Mr William Allum

Consultant Surgeon

William Allum is Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London with clinical interests in oesophageal and gastric cancer and breast disease.

His main area of academic interest is in oesophageal and gastric cancer with a research interest in perioperative multimodality therapy.

He was President of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS) 2012-14. He is a Board member of the European Society of Surgical Oncology.

He has maintained an interest in training throughout his consultant career and was a member of the General Surgery SAC from 2003 and Chairman from 2010-12. He was the Surgical Director of the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project from 2012-2104 and has been chair of Joint Committee on Surgical Training from 2015 to 2017. He is also an examiner for the Intercollegiate Examination in General Surgery (FRCS) with specific topics in upper GI surgery and Breast disease.

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh ad hominem in 2014 and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2017. He was joint chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges / General Medical Council working group on the implementation of the Generic Professional Capabilities.

He is a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is Council Lead for the Improving Surgery Project.

Professor Janesh Gupta

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

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Professor Janesh Gupta

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Clinical Expertise:- My current post is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Academic Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham Women's Hospital. I have been a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist since 1995, at 31 years of age. Prior to this I held a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist post in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, Scotland for 3 years (from 1995-1998). I am a practising Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. My special interests were previously prenatal diagnosis and currently gynaecological minimal access surgery, which includes endometriosis surgery. I am the Director of the Minimal Access Surgical Training (MAST) Unit. I was a Trustee of Endometriosis UK from 2005 - 2011. I have published over 150 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of fetal medicine, benign gynaecology (including abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia), and minimal access surgery. I have received grants from WellBeing of Women, National Health Institute for Research (Health Technology Assessment), Medical Research Council and various industry partners. I am Editor-in-Chief for the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (EJOG) and on the Editorial Board for Surgical Endoscopy Medicolegal Expertise:- The medicolegal reports I have taken instructions for are obstetrics cases such as cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, Erb's palsy, antenatal and postnatal care, and gynaecology cases such as failed sterilisation, endometriosis, complications of abdominal, hysteroscopic, and laparoscopic surgery. I have done several employment tribunal cases as a single joint expert. I have also provided reports for criminal cases e.g. Metropolitan Police, Lincolnshire Police (example of a recent case) and many other Police forces. I also accept personal injury cases and legal aid cases. I have given expert evidence in High Court (three times: last time December 2014), Crown Court (six times: last time January 2016), GMC hearing and Coroner's Court (March 2018). I have provided opinions in cases from overseas countries such as Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Corfu, Trinidad and St Helena Island. I have published papers on the medicolegal ramifications of failed sterilisation (BJOG 2004 and Human Reproduction 2007) and guidelines to reduce injury during laparoscopic entry (Surgical Endoscopy 2008). My defendant / claimant ratio is approximately 60 : 40.

Dr Nireeja Pradhan

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Nireeja Pradhan

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Nireeja Pradhan is a dual accredited senior consultant psychiatrist based in Birmingham, she has an established nationwide medico-legal practice and regularly travels across the country to assess clients. Dr. Pradhan is frequently instructed on high value complex negligence and abuse cases.
Over the last 15 years Dr. Pradhan has developed a strong reputation for her detailed assessments and independent robust reports with lawyers.
Winner of Psychiatrist of the Year at the Expert Witness Awards 2017, Dr. Pradhan is also an AvMA accredited expert and APIL Tier 1 recommended expert. She is also head of the Psychiatry Experts Medico-legal Group.
Dr. Pradhan has provided a substantial number of reports across all areas of law and is frequently nominated by Claimant and Defendant Solicitors on joint expert panels. Her authoritative psychiatric reports are widely accepted by  both claimant and defendant lawyers allowing cases to settle swiftly.
The clients she assesses regularly provide extremely positive feedback to their lawyers about their assessments with Dr. Pradhan and her professionalism.
Dr. Pradhan is highly court experienced and Judges have often commended her for the clarity of her evidence.
She accepts instructions directly from Solicitors and offers flexible and deferred payment terms. Dr. Pradhan also accepts instructions from a number of accredited AMRO Agencies (details available upon request).
Dr. Pradhan offers free medicolegal screening / advice and is happy to make referrals for lawyers to other psychiatrists / psychologists based on the individual needs of the cases i.e sub specialist psychiatrist, experience, appointment availability, age of client, time frames for reports, type of case etc.
Tel: 0800 161 3395 : Email contact@drpradhan.co.uk

Dr Robert Moisey

Consultant Physician

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Dr Robert Moisey

Consultant Physician

I am a consultant physician with an interest in diabetes & endocrinology and acute/general medicine with a busy practice within Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust serves a population of 420,000 in West Yorkshire.
I grew up in the City of Bath and studied at King Edward’s School. I chose to study Medicine at Leeds University and qualified with MbChB in 1996.  I spent time at Bradford Royal Infirmary before undertaking further training in Derby, where I passed the MRCP in 2000. I spent a year working in the speciality of diabetes & endocrinology in Hamilton, New Zealand before returning to West Yorkshire in 2002 to undertake my specialist training. I achieved specialist registration in diabetes & endocrinology and general medicine in 2007 and started as a consultant that year, initially in Scunthorpe General Hospital before my substantive and current appointment in 2009. I was awarded FRCP in 2016.
My clinical practice covers general diabetes, a specialist diabetes foot clinic, a general endocrine service and thyroid cancer clinic as well as working in the acute medical unit receiving acute medical emergencies from A+E and general practice.
I have undertaken training in medicolegal practice and offer medico-legal expertise and reports in diabetes & endocrinology as well as general and acute medicine.

Justine Hewitt

Senior Registered Nurse, Clinical Negligence Investigator & Expert Witness

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Justine Hewitt

Senior Registered Nurse, Clinical Negligence Investigator & Expert Witness

Justine qualified as a nurse in 1999 with commendation from University of Central England.
Since 2014, Justine has worked as a Senior Nurse in a Quality Advisor role at Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). She has conducted serious incident and never event enquiries and root cause analysis in the following areas:
  • Pressure ulcer/injury
  • Failure to perform CPR
  • Failure to identify deterioration
  • Failure to identify fractures
  • Falls with fracture
  • Chest infections
  • Urine infections
  • Sepsis
Her role also involved high level safeguarding, quality improvement in Care Homes and leading investigations in the hospital and community setting, as well as working closely with the Caldecott Guardian, Police, Local Authority and CQC. Through this, Justine has worked closely with Mills and Reeve solicitors for NHS Wolverhampton CCG and would like to continue her work with both claimant and defence clients.
    Additional training and experience:
    • Courtroom skills and expert witness training by Inspire Medilaw
    • Human Factors and its application to enquiry NHS 2016
    • Investigating the NHS Bevan Brittan March 2016
    • NHS Leadership academy frontline programme, IOSH and EDI management courses
    • Root cause analysis NHS CCG 2014
    • Recognition and care of the deteriorating patient NHS CCG 2014
    • ENB N36 Pressure ulcers and ENB N49 Wound management UCE School of Clinical nursing studies 2001
    • Research project with Huntleigh to reduce pressure ulcer incidents conducted during time at Selly Oak trauma unit as a tissue viability nurse.
    • Justine’s earlier nursing experience encompasses trauma and orthopaedics, burns and plastics, IT, community nursing and private sector social care. She then achieved her teaching adult learner and assessor’s award and worked as a health and social care lecturer developing and delivering mandatory courses.

Mr Anthony Armstrong

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

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Mr Anthony Armstrong

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

Experience Anthony Armstrong has extensive experience in Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery. He trained in Dentistry(BDS Hons) before going on to study Medicine(MB Hons) andSurgery(ChB Hons). All three undergraduate degrees were awarded with Honours. Anthony went on to complete his surgical plastic surgery training in Yorkshire, London, Australia and United States of America.
During his training Anthony successfully passed the FRCS(Eng) examination in General Surgery and became a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He completed his Advanced Training in Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery in 2000. Anthony was fortunate that he has worked with leaders in the field of Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery in the world and his training included some of the most famous hospitals, including The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, The Royal Brisbane Hospital, Australia and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.
Mr Armstrong undertook specific training in Cosmetic Surgery as a Fellow in Cosmetic and Aesthetic Surgery, at The Wellington Hospital, St Johns Wood, London.
Having competed his advanced plastic surgery training and successfully passed the Intercollegiate Board examination in plastic surgery (FRCS Plast)he completed his training was awarded a CCST (Certificate of Completion of Surgical Training).
Anthony is registered as a Specialist in Plastic Surgery on the register of the General Medical Council (GMC).
In 2000, Anthony was appointed as a Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Heatherwood & Wexham Park NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust, Berkshire.
Anthony was honoured to be appointed jointly by BAPRAS and The Royal College of Surgeons of England to the post of Speciality Surgical Tutor in Aesthetic Surgery for 4 years.
Mr Armstrong holds private clinics in:
  1. Windsor (Spire Windsor Clinic)
  2. Reading (Dunedin Hospital)
  3. Princess Margaret Hospital, Windsor
Mr Armstrong's special interests include:
  • All forms of Cosmetic Surgery, including Non-Surgical & Surgical
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Hand & Wrist Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery, particularly of the breast
Anthony Armstrong is a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and is also a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). He is a member of the British Medical Association (BMA). He is recognised by all the major private health insurers (BUPA, PPP, Simply Health, Aviva etc) to provide treatment for their clients. Anthony, has throughout his consultant career, taken an active interest in training the next generation of plastic surgeons and setting the standards of surgical training in plastic & reconstructive surgery within the United Kingdom. Former positions he has held in plastic surgery include:
  • Council of BAPRAS: British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons(2003-2006)
  • Chairman of the Clinical Effectiveness Committee, BAPRAS
  • Member Professional Standards Committee, BAPRAS
  • Examiner for the Intercollegiate Board for the FRCS(Plast)
  • Programme Director Pan-Thames Training Scheme, Un London
  • Chairman Pan-Thames Training Scheme, Un London
  • Spokesperson for BAPRAS (Cosmetic Tourism)
  • Faculty member Oncoplastic Breast Training Courses, Roy Coll Surg, Eng
  • Faculty Core Skills member in Plastic Surgery, Roy Coll Surg, Eng
  • Faculty Breast Surgery Course, Royal Coll Surg, Eng

Dr Muftah Eltumi

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Consultant Paediatrician

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Dr Muftah Eltumi

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Muftah Eltumi
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
MBBS: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
MSc: Master of Science, Kings College Hospital, University of London PhD: Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College, University of London
FRCP: Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
FRCPCH: Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

I am a senior Paediatrician and Paediatric Gastroenterologist with thirty years experience in Paediatrics. I have been working as a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Paediatrician since 1997. I qualified in 1980 and gained a wide range of experience mainly in London Hospitals.

I was awarded an MSc degree at University of London in 1984 and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1987. I worked as Paediatric Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow at Kings College Hospital and, in 1992, I was appointed as Lecturer in Child Health and Senior Registrar in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Westminster Childrens and Chelsea Westminster Hospitals.

I was awarded a PhD from University of London in 1995. In 1996 I was dually accredited by the Joint Committee of Higher Medical Training for both General Paediatric and Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

I am registered on the Special Register with the General Medical Council (Registration Number: 3444076).

I was appointed as Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Gastroenterologist within the NHS in 1997. I was elected as Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1998 and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1999.

I have been working as independent practitioner as Consultant Paediatrician and Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist since 2014. My practice is based at 234 Great Portland Street, London.

Dr Philip Banfield

Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

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Dr Philip Banfield

Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Philip Banfield has been a Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Glan Clwyd Hospital NHS Health Board for nearly 24 years.  He is local Clinical Lead for undergraduate teaching at the North Wales Clinical School, and Honorary Senior Lecturer with Cardiff, Bangor and Swansea Universities.
His particular clinical and research interests are high risk antenatal care; intrapartum care; fetal monitoring; the care of critically ill and deteriorating pregnant patients; breast cancer in pregnancy; and capacity to consent in obstetric emergencies.
Dr Banfield graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 1984.  He continued his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Cambridge, Norwich, Basingstoke and London, and trained in anaesthetics in Chelmsford.  Throughout his career, Dr Banfield has worked in units that have undertaken neonatal intensive care and accepted in-utero transfers of high risk pregnancies.
From 2009 – 2012 Dr Banfield was a member of the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group.  He has been a WHO expert in Quality Assurance in Perinatal Medicine.  Between 2011 – 2014, as National Faculty Lead (1000 Lives Transforming Maternity Care) he was responsible for Welsh national guidelines for blood clot prevention, sepsis in pregnancy and care of the critically ill and deteriorating pregnant woman.  He established, and was the Inaugural Chair of, the Welsh Initiative for Stillbirth Reduction.
From 2010 – 2016 Dr Banfield was a member of the UK Obstetric Surveillance System national steering group and, since 2015, he has been an Obstetric Assessor for the UK National Maternal Mortality Confidential Enquiries.  In this capacity he is required to review anonymised case notes and assess whether the standard of care was good or whether improvements to care would have affected the outcome.
In 2007 Dr Banfield became an instructor with the Advanced Life Support Group; Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma; and Pre-hospital Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma courses.  He has held the role of course director and of quality assessor.
Dr Banfield is nationally recognised for his clinical excellence, for his leadership and as an educator - teaching undergraduates, doctors, midwives and paramedics in obstetric emergencies; how and why individuals and teams make mistakes, and how to try to avoid them.

Mr Zaed Hamady

Consultant Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Laparoscopic Surgeon

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Mr Zaed Hamady

Consultant Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Laparoscopic Surgeon

Zaed Hamady is a Consultant Surgeon at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust with clinical interests in pancreatic, liver and biliary disease, as well as General Surgical diseases, such as hernias and gall bladder problems.
His main area of academic interest is in pancreatic and liver cancer with a research interest in metabolic syndrome and early diagnosis of cancer.
He is Secretary of the British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO) 2015-present. He is a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh. Zaed has maintained an interest in training throughout his consultant career. Having previously been a senior clinical lecturer in Leeds medical school, he now holds this role in University of Southampton.
He was awarded the Research Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005 and honoured with the Hunterian Professorship in 2010. His research was nominated for THE (Times Higher Education) award in 2007.
He is a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commissions for general and HPB surgery.

Professor Peter Sullivan

Associate Professor in Paediatric Gastroenterology

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Professor Peter Sullivan

Associate Professor in Paediatric Gastroenterology

Professor Sullivan, a practising consultant, is Associate Professor in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Oxford University.  He is Associate Dean (Postgraduate Medicine), and Director of Learning and Teaching in Paediatrics at the University of Oxford Medical School.  He is also Director of Medical Education (Associate Medical Director) of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

His expertise covers the full range of gastrointestinal problems in children, with particular focus on the gastrointestinal and feeding problems of children with neurodisability, especially cerebral palsy.  Professor Sullivan is actively engaged in research in this area, in which he has produced numerous scientific papers and textbooks.

Professor Sullivan initiated and developed the paediatric gastroenterology service at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  Annually, the service provides for around 2000 outpatient referrals, 500 inpatients, and the performance of over 200 gastrointestinal endoscopies.

He has been an Officer of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, including a term as Chairman of the College Special Advisory Committee on Paediatric Gastroenterology; and has held the roles of Convenor of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and President of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology.

Mr Ashraf Rasheed

Consultant Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal/Biliary Surgeon

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Mr Ashraf Rasheed

Consultant Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal/Biliary Surgeon

I am a practising Consultant General Surgeon at Royal Gwent Hospital ABUHB (Aneurin Bevan University Health Board) with a specialist interest in GI (gastrointestinal) surgery. I have been employed in that capacity for 13 years. I am the lead laparoscopic GI surgeon for ABUHB and I carry out over 300 laparoscopic procedures each year, including laparoscopic hernia repair, cholecystectomies and complex oesophago-gastric and hiatal procedures. I participate in the emergency general surgical on call, diagnosing and treating urgent and emergent abdominal pathologies, including hernias and gastrointestinal pathologies. I perform both elective and emergency diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopies.
I have been preparing medico-legal reports (personal injury and clinical negligence) since 2005. Currently, I am instructed in around 25 cases a year with 80% relating to clinical negligence; my instructions in that regards are 80% claimant, 15% defendant and 5% single joint expert. I have received training in report writing, giving evidence in court and in the CPR requirements for experts by Inspire MediLaw and Bond Solon.
My clinical research interests revolve around prevention of complications during laparoscopic surgery and my basic science research is focused on prevention and early identification of oesophageal cancer.

Dr Nicholas Crombie

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

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Dr Nicholas Crombie

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

Dr Crombie is a practising Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He is the Associate Medical Director and the Clinical Lead for Resuscitation, having previously held the position of Clinical Lead Anaesthesia.
He has worked within the NHS for 20 years, and was appointed to his current role to support the increased workload at the UK's military receiving hospital for overseas combat troops. He undertakes anaesthesia for all specialities in the emergency and elective theatres.
Dr Crombie has extensive experience as an air-ambulance physician. He was previously Clinical Lead for the Midlands Air Ambulance, and set up the West Midlands Ambulance Service Medical Response Team. He designed and implemented a GMC accredited pre-hospital emergency medicine training scheme which has been rolled out nationally.
His professional practice also includes events. He has been Chief Medical Officer for events as diverse as the Chatsworth International Horse Trials and Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park.
Dr Crombie accepts instructions in the following areas:
    • Anaesthesia: Major Trauma, Maxillofacial, ENT, Orthopaedics, Plastics, General, Vascular, Burns, Resuscitation;
      • Pre-Hospital: All aspects of pre-hospital care including air operations, routine emergency ambulance work, inter-hospital transfers and event medicine;
        • Sedation: all areas of sedation practice in elective and emergency settings, including hospital, dental surgery and pre-hospital practice.

Dr Damian Kelly

Consultant Cardiologist

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Dr Damian Kelly

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Kelly was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Derby Hospital in 2011 after training in North-West England and New Zealand. He was appointed clinical lead for cardiology in 2014 and led development of a number of new services including the ambulatory heart failure unit and complex cardiac device implantation.
In 2018 Dr Kelly was appointed Clinical Director with responsibility for Specialist Medicine within the newly combined University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT and has led on development of a second percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) site at Queen’s Hospital, Burton. He is chair of the East Midlands Network Cardiovascular Advisory Group.
Dr Kelly has a special interest in the investigation and treatment of adult cardiovascular disease, particularly the treatment of coronary artery disease. He has undertaken training in medico-legal expert practice, acts as an expert in the Coroner’s Court, and accepts medico-legal instructions in a range of areas of adult clinical cardiology, including:
    • Assessment and management of chest pain;
      • Assessment and management of angina;
        • Ischaemic heart disease;
          • Acute coronary syndromes;
            • Acute myocardial infarction;
              • Assessment of patient with valvular heart disease;
                • Cardiac catheterization;
                  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI, coronary angioplasty and stenting);
                    • Assessment of patients for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG);
                      • Management of post procedural complications of PCI / CABG;
                        • Cardiac rhythm disturbances;
                          • Pacemaker implantation – temporary and permanent;
                            • Heart failure;
                              • Hypertension;
                                • Lipid abnormalities

Mr Paul Brennan

Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon

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Mr Paul Brennan

Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon

Paul is Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian.  His specialist practice is in neurosurgical neuro-oncology. Paul is also a member of the acute neurosurgical service on-call team, managing the spectrum of emergency neurosurgical presentations, including head and spinal trauma, subarachnoid haemorrhage, cauda equina syndrome, spinal injuries, and hydrocephalus.

In addition to his clinical practice, Paul leads both clinical and laboratory research. His particular focus is on brain tumours and head injuries, with expertise in diagnosis, management and prognosis.  In addition to being primary or co-applicant on grants totaling several million pounds, he has authored chapters in several books, and published more than 50 peer reviewed papers, with over 1750 citations.

Paul provides expert reports for clinical negligence and personal injury claims across the range of general elective and emergency neurosurgical practice, with particular expertise in head injuries and surgical neuro-oncology.

Main areas of medico-legal expertise
    - Adult elective and emergency neurosurgery
      - Head injury
        - Brain tumour: diagnosis and management
          - Cauda equina syndrome

Dr Desa Lilic

Consultant Clinical Immunologist

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Dr Desa Lilic

Consultant Clinical Immunologist

Dr Desa Lilic is Associate Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University.  She was previously Consultant Clinical Immunologist at the University Hospital of North Durham and Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University and, before that, Professor of Immunology, University of Belgrade.

Her expertise is that of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Primary Immune Deficiency diseases in adults.  She provides reports in these areas for the purposes of litigation and for the Coroner’s Court.

In her current role, she has a special interest in patients with Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis (CMC).  Dr Lilic’s clinical experience includes setting up fully accredited Laboratory and Clinical Immunology services and outpatient clinics.  Her research into Primary Immune Deficiencies has been translated into diagnostic NHS tests.

She devised the national UK-Primary Immunodeficiency Network guidelines for clinical investigation and diagnosis of chronic candidiasis; and Trust specific guidelines and protocols for latex allergy, anaphylaxis during anaesthesia, drug allergy investigations and radio-contrast media reactions.

Originally from Belgrade, Dr Lilic speaks Serbian, English, Spanish and Danish.

Dr Anne Scott

Consultant Cardiologist

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Dr Anne Scott

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Scott was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist in Borders General Hospital, Melrose and the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh in 2013 after specialist training in both Scotland and New Zealand. Her research doctorate in Cardiac Imaging was awarded in 2011. She served a 7 year tenure on Scottish Cardiac Society Council and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

In addition to her clinical duties she is on the NHS Borders Research and Governance Committee and is an Educational Supervisor for Specialist Cardiology training. She is a member of the British Society of Echocardiography, the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.

Dr Scott’s clinical and medicolegal expertise span all areas of general cardiology with a particular sub-specialist interest in cardiac imaging. She accepts instructions covering the breadth of cardiology practice and estimation of life expectancy where clients have cardiovascular conditions.

Professor David Parr

Consultant Respiratory Physician

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Professor David Parr

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Professor Parr is a practising Consultant Respiratory Physician and Head of Medicine at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and is Honorary Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Warwick Medical School.

David graduated in Medical Sciences at Cambridge University and completed his undergraduate medical training at The Royal London Hospital Medical College, London in 1994. His postgraduate specialist training in Respiratory and General (Internal) Medicine was obtained in the West Midlands Deanery where he was also a Clinical Research Fellow and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He is actively engaged in research in quantitative lung imaging, respiratory physiology and clinical phenotyping, and has published widely in these fields.

His clinical practise spans all areas of adult respiratory medicine with particular sub-specialty interest in airways disease, interstitial lung disease, sleep medicine and ventilation, pulmonary thromboembolism and thoracic malignancy. As Clinical Director of Cardio-Thoracic Services, he was responsible for leading on all aspects of the clinical services in Respiratory Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, including clinical governance, over a seven-year tenure.

David has undertaken training in medico-legal expert practice, acts as an expert in the coroner’s court, and accepts medico-legal instructions in the following areas:

Adult respiratory medicine
    Pulmonary embolism
      Respiratory infections
        Thoracic malignancy
          Invasive diagnostic techniques and interventions, including bronchoscopy
            COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis and bronchiolitis
              Interstitial lung diseases
                Occupational lung diseases
                  Sleep medicine and ventilation
                    Respiratory failure

Mr Daniel O’Leary

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

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Mr Daniel O’Leary

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

Dan is Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth since 1999. Before that he had been Senior Registrar in Bristol and the South West and RSO at St Mark’s Hospital. He was awarded the ASGBI gold medal in the intercollegiate examination in surgery. Dan has published 35 peer reviewed papers and several book chapters on aspects of colorectal and general surgery.

His experience includes several hundred resections (including laparoscopic) for bowel cancer, as well as management of Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, rectal prolapse and anal conditions. He has a special interest in major abdominal surgery including for intestinal failure and complex abdominal wall reconstruction. He is “on call” for emergency general surgery admissions and enjoys emergency decision-making and operating.

Dan has worked to improve surgical outcomes across the whole team in which he works. He was instrumental in the creation of a Surgical High Care Unit in Portsmouth, development of a surgical skills lab and securing Portsmouth as a National Training Centre in laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery in 2009.

Dan has been Clinical Director for Colorectal Surgery in Portsmouth, Chair of the Colorectal SSG South Central Cancer Network, Lead of the joint Portsmouth & Chichester Anal Cancer MDT and surgical lead of the Surgical High Care Unit and Colorectal Enhanced Recovery Programme in Portsmouth.

Dan has received training as an Expert Witness with Inspire MediLaw. He is happy to accept medicolegal instructions in the fields of Colorectal Surgery and Emergency General Surgery.

Dr Smruta Shanbhag

Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynaecological Oncologist

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Dr Smruta Shanbhag

Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynaecological Oncologist

Dr Shanbhag qualified from Goa University, India, in 1995 and undertook specialist post-graduate training in Gynaecology and sub-specialty training in Gynaecological Oncology in the UK.  She is a specialist in the diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical management of general gynaecological conditions.  She is dual accredited in Gynaecological Oncology, with expertise in diagnosis, investigations and surgical management of all cancers of the female genital tract.

She has an interest in post-operative morbidity, and completed a CPD certificate in Palliative Care at Teesside University to develop her understanding of pain mechanisms and management in gynaecological conditions.

Accredited by the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, Dr Shanbhag has expertise in abnormal smears and colposcopy for HPV and non-HPV related disease of the vulva, vagina and cervix.

Dr Shanbhag has had training in Forensic Offenses examination.

Dr Shanbhag accepts medico-legal instructions in the following areas:

-All cancers of female genital tract
    -Vulval cancer
      -Precancerous disease of vulva- lichen sclerosus and Vulval Intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN)
        -Vaginal cancer
          -Precancerous disease of vagina – Vaginal Intraepithelial neoplasia (VAIN)
            -Cervical cancer
              -Precancerous disease of cervix – Cervical Intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN)
                -Abnormal smears
                  -Colposcopy and associated treatments such as Loop treatment, conisation
                    -Uterine/ Endometrial cancer
                      -Fallopian tube cancer
                        -BRCA mutations and cancer
                          -Ovarian cancer
                            -Primary peritoneal cancer
                              -Abnormal menstrual bleeding/ periods
                                -Endometriosis
                                  -Pelvic inflammatory disease
                                    -Sexually transmitted infections
                                      -Sexual offenses in women
                                        -Postoperative complications arising from surgery for gynaecological problems
                                          -Postoperative complications arising from surgery for abnormally invasive placenta

Dr Mario Abinun

Emeritus Consultant in Paediatric Immunology

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Dr Mario Abinun

Emeritus Consultant in Paediatric Immunology

Dr Abinun is Emeritus Consultant in Paediatric Immunology at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and also holds the position of Associate Lecturer in the Primary Immunodeficiency Group at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University.

During his NHS career, Dr Abinun played a key role in developing one of only two UK national supra-regional centres for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in children with primary immunodeficiencies and rheumatic/autoimmune disorders.

His expertise in paediatric immunology includes primary immunodeficiency (PID) and immune dysregulation disorders, including autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases, and he was involved at an international and national level in developing guidelines for the immunisation of immunocompromised children.  He also specialises in inflammatory rheumatologic disease.

Dr Abinun provides medico-legal opinion on the instruction of Claimants and Defendants in the areas of:

Paediatric immunology;

HSCT for PID/severe autoimmune disorders in children;

Infections in children with PID, autoimmune and inflammatory rheumatologic disorders, and/or undergoing HSCT

Professor Jonathan Moss

Consultant Interventional Radiologist

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Professor Jonathan Moss

Consultant Interventional Radiologist

Dr Jon Moss is an Interventional Radiologist with a wealth of experience in vascular and non-vascular intervention procedures. He has been a Consultant for 25 years, and now divides his time between NHS, private practice and medico-legal work. He holds an honorary chair from the University of Glasgow.

Jon is currently a member of the BASIL 2 & 3 trial steering committee. He was a NICE committee member and Secretary of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR). He has been awarded the gold medal by BSIR, as well as a distinguished fellowship by CIRSE for his contribution to Interventional Radiology.

Currently accepting instructions as a medico-legal expert, Jon’s areas of expertise include:
  • vascular diagnosis and treatment
  • uterine fibroids
  • vascular access
  • gastrointestinal intervention
  • renal intervention
  • cancer intervention

Dr Robert Greenbaum

Consultant Cardiologist

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Dr Robert Greenbaum

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Greenbaum qualified in Medicine at University College London in 1974. He has a First Class Honours degree in Physiology. His training in cardiology was at The Royal Brompton Hospital; The London Chest Hospital: The Royal Free Hospital and Harefield Hospital.

He was appointed as a consultant in 1987. He currently works for The Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, he has a busy private practice. He manages all aspects of adult cardiology with a special interest in the diagnosis and management of angina and acute coronary syndromes “heart attacks”. He has carried out over 8,000 invasive procedures; cardiac catheterisation, coronary angioplasty and stent insertion and temporary and permanent pacemaker insertion. Robert continues to assess patients for these procedures. For many years he was head of department and has also been Clinical Director of Medicine – working at management board level. He has taught and supervised many cardiologists in training.

Robert is a Cardiology advisor to The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust – advising all aspects of pre-hospital care of patients with cardiological emergencies.

He has been involved in much clinical research and has presented at international meetings and published in peer reviewed publications. He is a frequent invited lecturer on a wide range of topics related to adult clinical cardiology.

Between October 2008 and September 2010, he was President of The Section of Cardiology of The Royal Society of Medicine responsible for a program of training for the next generation of Cardiologists and continues to be involved in many aspects of professional training in Cardiology.

Over the last ten years he has established an extensive medico –legal practice. He is also a qualified Mediator.  Approximately 80% has been clinical negligence – mainly on the instructions of claimants’ solicitors.

Robert has taken part in a joint meeting of experts; attended conferences with council and appeared in court in a criminal case to give expert evidence. In addition, he has provided expert opinions for
  • The Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • HM Coroner
  • Luton & Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust
  • The CPS (a criminal case)
  • A clinical negligence case in South Africa.
Areas of medico-legal expertise:
  • Adult clinical cardiology
  • Assessment and management of chest pain
  • Assessment and management of angina
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • Acute myocardial infarction (Heart attack)
  • Cardiac catheterisation
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA / PCI)
  • Assessment of patients for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
  • Management of post procedural complications of PCI / CABG
  • Assessment of patients with valvular heart disease (valve repair, replacement or TAVI)
  • Cardiac rhythm disturbances
  • Pacemaker implantation – temporary and permanent
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Lipid abnormalities

Dr Karen Luyt

Consultant Neonatologist

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Dr Karen Luyt

Consultant Neonatologist

Karen Luyt is a Consultant Neonatologist at the regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust and Reader in Neonatal Medicine at the University of Bristol. Her clinical and research interests include brain injury in high risk newborn infants, the development and effective national implementation of neuroprotective care bundles and the creation of a new National Child Mortality Database.

Her laboratory based research has focused on mechanisms of brain injury, excitotoxicity and regeneration in the newborn central nervous system. Her clinical research concerns neuroprotection and optimising health outcomes in preterm infants.

She leads the national PReCePT (Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Birth) QI programme and Health Foundation funded nested RCT, which focuses on increasing the uptake of Magnesium Sulphate in preterm labour for fetal neuroprotection in every unit in England. She is chief investigator for the NIHR funded DRIFT10 follow-up study of the DRIFT RCT, investigating the school-age outcomes of DRIFT (Drainage Irrigation and Fibrinolytic Therapy) for severe intraventricular haemorrhage and post haemorrhagic hydrocephalus.

Karen was awarded the British Neuroscience Association’s “best PhD thesis of 2006” (An investigation into the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in white matter injury in the preterm brain) and is an Officer of the UK Neonatal Society and a member of the European Neonatal Brain Club.

Dr Gillian Evans

Consultant Haematologist

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Dr Gillian Evans

Consultant Haematologist

Dr Evans is a consultant haematologist, with a specialist interest in blood coagulation, at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Canterbury. She was appointed to this post in 2002 following completion of training in at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. In 2010 she was appointed to the positions of Trust Thrombosis Lead Clinician, and of Haemophilia Centre Director with responsibility for the budget, reporting, governance and patient care at the Centre.  She has successfully delivered the venous thrombosis prevention programme for the trust and oversees root cause analysis investigations for hospital acquired thrombosis. She continues to work in direct patient care, holding clinics for patients with bleeding disorders, thrombosis and non malignant haematological conditions.

She has been involved in numerous inspections / accreditation visits by authorities such as CPA, the MHRA and more recently UKAS.  As the current the head of Laboratory, Haematology and Blood Transfusion Services, it is under her leadership that the Haematology and transfusion laboratory has recently been awarded UKAS accreditation.

She is an examiner with the Royal College of Pathologists, Chair of the Trust Thrombosis Group, and a member of the Pathology Governance and Management Committee.

Dr Evans accepts instructions generally from claimant and defendant lawyers investigating clinical negligence cases, and for Inquests.  Her subspecialist interest lies in the field of haemostasis, thrombosis and non-malignant haematology for both adult and paediatric services.

Dr Adrian Rees

GP & Expert Witness

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Dr Adrian Rees

GP & Expert Witness

Dr Adrian Rees is a Partner in General Practice in Leeds, United Kingdom, with a practice list size of 14,500 patients.

He holds a Master’s degree in Medical Ethics and Law, is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Member of the Expert Witness Institute and holds the Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

His expert field is in General Practice and he runs his medico-legal company, Malt Kiln Medical Ltd, instructed by Claimant and Defence solicitors in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury cases. He is the former Cancer Lead at Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group and has experience in Substance Misuse and Prison Medicine.

Clinically, his interests are in cancer, musculoskeletal medicine, contraception and sexual health and substance misuse.

He is the lead in his practice for teaching and is an examiner at the University of Leeds Medical School. Outside of work, he plays the guitar is an avid rugby fan and maintains an old VW campervan.

Dr Lucinda Cockayne

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Lucinda Cockayne

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Cockayne is a locum Consultant Psychiatrist in Liaison Psychiatry with NHS Lothian, having recently retired from her full time post. She has a wealth of experience working in General Adult Psychiatry, and Substance Misuse. She was Lead Clinician for the Fife Substance Misuse Services prior to her retirement.

Her work in treating drug and alcohol misuse and dependence was based in both community and in-patient settings. The scope of her work has also included liaison psychiatry and Perinatal psychiatry.

Dr Cockayne is a Designated Medical Practitioner for the Mental Welfare (Scotland) Commission (MWC). She prepares reports for the Nursing and Midwifery council on fitness to practice, and has taken similar instructions from the GMC and RPS.

She has worked on a range of matters including medical negligence, personal injury, criminal cases and assessments for guardianship. She has also been instructed by the Forces to provide assessments of the mental health of veterans.

Dr Cockayne accepts medicolegal instructions in her area of expertise. Her specialist interests include:
    • treatment of opioid and alcohol dependence,
      • use of opioid antagonists,
        • detoxification,
          • ADHD, ADD and management of dual diagnosis.

Mr Andrew Titchener

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Mr Andrew Titchener

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Titchener is a Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. His clinical practice encompasses elective shoulder and elbow surgery, both arthroscopic and arthroplasty procedures, and district general and tertiary complex and major trauma.

Andrew undertook a trauma fellowship at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, and completed post-CCT general trauma and elective shoulder and elbow fellowships in Cambridge, Oxford and Perth.

He is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, The British Elbow and Shoulder Society, the British Trauma Society, and is an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

Andrew accepts medico-legal instructions from claimants and defendants in his area of expertise, and has a particular interest in complex upper limb trauma, general trauma, and elective shoulder and elbow surgery (both soft tissue and arthroplasty).