This highly interactive course is designed to sharpen your skills in report writing. It is aimed at medics who work in clinical negligence and personal injury cases.
Building your expert witness skills
As an expert witness, you will play a critical role in the legal process. So, your written reports need to be clear, concise and well structured. On this course, you’ll get some insider report writing tips from some of the UK’s leading legal professionals. You’ll learn how to put together high quality reports that meet all the latest legal requirements and can withstand cross-examination and scrutiny.
Key elements of the course:
- Video presentations from top legal and medical experts setting out the legal framework and giving their guidance on writing expert witness reports.
- Your chance to review and critically assess reports written by other medico-legal experts.
- A practical task to write your own medical report using a real case.
- Constructive feedback on your report from one of our medical negligence experts.
At the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of:
- the legal framework, including breach of duty, causation, prognosis, advice, consent and civil procedure rules.
- what Lawyers and Judges expect from an expect witness
- how to structure and prepare your report in a clear and succinct way
- what information needs to be included and how to comply with Court requirements
- how to express your independent view and write a report that withstands cross-examination
Task 1 – video presentations
Addressing the legal issues – Paul Sankey
Paul Sankey, a highly experienced medical negligence solicitor, discusses the legal issues, including breach of duty, causation, prognosis, advice and consent.
Civil Procedure Rules – Paul Sankey
Next, we’ll look at:
- procedure governed by Civil Procedure Rules (CPR)
- Part 35 and Practice Direction (PD)
- independence and objectivity
- providing evidence for your views and some cautionary tales.
Report writing – Dr Tom Boyd
Dr Tom Boyd provides his expert view on preparing a medical report, covering:
- content and form report – Practice Direction 35
- report layout
- chronology and investigation of the facts
- preparing your opinion and conclusion sections
- the statement of truth
Tips for your report – Dr Simon Fox QC and His Honour Judge Harris QC
Dr Simon Fox QC and HHJ Harris give invaluable tips for preparing your report for the Court and how you can help the Judge understand the medical issues.
Task 2 – Review of sample reports
You critique five sample reports, submit your feedback and see how it compares to our legal team’s critique. This helps you to build your knowledge on how to write a high-quality report.
Task 3 – Report writing
You review the medical records for a real case (with client details redacted) and write a report addressing breach of duty and causation. Medical negligence expert Isabel Bathurst will then review your report and give you feedback.
Task 4 – Video/phone consultation with our medical negligence lawyer
You have a 30 minute video or phone call with Isabel Bathurst who will discuss the feedback and offer some individual advice on report writing.
This online medico-legal training takes approximately ten hours to complete. The course is accredited for CPD by the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng). On completion of the course, you will receive a CPD certificate (for tenhours).
Inspire MediLaw provides ongoing mentorship and support for our online training with Medical Director, Dr Jonathan Moore and Isabel Bathurst, Inquest, Injury and Injury Lawyer who can support your learning experience.