Expert Witness Training
for Medical Professionals (England)

CPD accreditation: 6 hours per day

(from the Royal College of Surgeons of England)

Cost: £450 (+ VAT) for one day
£895 (+ VAT) for both days

Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford

Next Dates

23 – 24 September 2021

2 - 3 December 2021

3 - 4 March 2022

23 - 24 June 2022

6 - 7 October 2022

Designed for medical professionals, this training covers the knowledge required for expert witness work in clinical negligence litigation.

This course is suitable for all healthcare professionals. It provides a great opportunity to start or develop your medico-legal practice.

With our two-day training, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work as a medical expert witness. <

Taught by some of the UK’s leading clinical negligence specialists, you’ll learn about:<

  • the legal rules governing expert witness work<
  • your responsibilities as an expert witness <
  • how to write clear and succinct reports – with a practical exercise<
  • managing meetings with counsel and the opposing experts<
  • giving evidence in court and dealing with cross-examination <
  • understanding what the judge requires<
  • setting up and developing your own medico-legal practice <

The training is suitable for those who are new to expert witness work and for more experienced practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge.<

Throughout the training, you’ll have the chance to network and share insights with other medico-legal experts.

Dedicated post-course mentoring and advice

What’s more, you’ll have access to free, ongoing support and mentoring after the course as you develop and launch your medico-legal practice.

Our medico-legal specialists can help you with all the practical aspects, including:

  • a medico-legal CV review
  • advice on setting your fees
  • sample terms and conditions
  • report templates
  • lists of prospective clients in the clinical negligence sector
  • practical tips and tools for marketing your services
  • mentoring for your first instructions/reports.

Get in contact if you’d like any further details.

Programme

Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals
Oxford Spires Hotel

Day 1 – Prepare

Dr Tom Boyd, GP and Expert Witness
please note that Dr Adrian Rees is the speaker on 2 - 3 December 2021

  • CPR35 and PD35 – understanding your duties as an expert witness, standards and protocols
  • The roles of various players: client, claims management company, solicitor, barrister, judge and other witnesses
  • What to expect from instructing parties
  • Identifying the issues that need to be addressed in your report
  • Examination and discussion of sample reports – good and bad
  • Preparing, structuring and writing your medical report to successfully argue your conclusion
  • The use of research and supporting information to support your conclusion
  • Q&A
Day 1 – GDPR Practical Advice Session

Isabel Bathurst, Inspire MediLaw

In this session, Isabel covers all the essential aspects of GDPR that you need to know to run your medico-legal practice.

Day 1 – Prepare

Mr Richard Kerr, Neurosurgeon and Expert Witness
Royal College of Surgeons of England Council Member and Trustee
Immediate Past President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons

  • Tips and pitfalls of medico-legal practice
  • Presenting your medico-legal opinion
  • Q&A
Day 2 – Practice

Paul Sankey, Partner at Enable Law and Clinical Negligence Solicitor

  • Understand what lawyers are looking for and the language they use
  • Consent post-Montgomery
  • Understanding the issues of proportionality
  • The cost process and how it impacts on your fees
  • Use of medical records
  • Part 35 questions and joint statements – the lawyer’s perspective
  • Joint statements – agreeing an agenda and preparing for the meeting with your opposing expert
  • Attending experts’ meetings
  • Q&A
Day 2 – Perform

Dr Simon Fox QC, Clinical Negligence Barrister at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers

  • Making sure your report is prepared for trial
  • Preparing for the witness box
  • Pre-trial conferences
  • Courtroom procedure and etiquette
  • Examination in chief
  • Cross-examination
  • Questions from the judge
  • When things go wrong
  • Role play
  • Q&A
Day 2 – Practice

His Honour Charles Harris QC

  • View from the bench
  • The role of the expert
  • Hearing expert evidence
  • Q&A

Speakers

Mr Paul Sankey

Medical Negligence Lawyer, Enable Law

Dr Simon Fox QC

Clinical Negligence Barrister, Sergeants' Inn

Isabel Bathurst

Inquest, Inquiry and Injury Solicitor

Dr Tom Boyd

GP Expert Witness

His Honour Judge Harris QC

Retired High Court Circuit Judge

Mr Richard Kerr

Neurosurgeon and Expert Witness

Testimonials from previous events

  • The course was interactive and engaging – far exceeded my expectations. I came thinking I may want to do expert witness work – now enthusiastic and ready to start developing my practice. Excellent trainers and speakers. Highly relevant and extremely enjoyable.
    Dr Elizabeth Garthwaite, Consultant Renal Physician
  • A particularly good course for medical practitioners – a good balance between theory and practical advice. Presented by medical and legal professionals specifically skilled and experienced in medico-legal matters. Excellent value for the cost!

    Dr Geer Hubregtge, Consultant Anaesthetist
  • This is one of the best courses I have done. I only wish I had done it five years ago. There was exactly the right quality of factual content, but the huge benefit was in the lived experience shared.
    Dr James Calvert, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine
  • One of the best courses I’ve ever been on. Real experts training us fantastically. Real cases, good role play, great pace, excellent material and great location for the training.
    Dr Shaun O’Connell
  • This course is everything I’d hoped for and more! Excellent interactive speakers with lots of practical advice and tips. Highly recommended.
    Mr Kim Hinshaw, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • This has been an absolutely fantastic course, great content and delivered by experienced medical expert witness and legal practitioners. Highly recommended.
    Mr Michael Egbor, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Comprehensive course, covering all aspects of medico-legal issues, that is relevant to newcomers and more experienced practitioners.
    Mr Myrddin Rees, Consultant Surgeon
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