Introduction
to Inquests

22 April 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Malmaison, Oxford

CPD accreditation: 5.5 hours

(from the Royal College of Surgeons of England)

Cost: £375 (+ VAT)

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

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

You’ll gain practical experience of writing a witness statement, with a real case sample to review. You will also participate in an interactive session on giving evidence – with tips and pitfalls to avoid!

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

Learning outcomes

Led by a highly experienced inquest solicitor, this course will introduce you to:

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

Taught by leading medico-legal experts 

This one-day course is taught by Isabel Bathurst, who represents families at inquests following catastrophic accidents, clinical negligence, and deaths in custody. Isabel is joined on the course by Dr Chris Danbury, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics and an experienced factual witness.

Some of our delegates find it useful to attend a medical inquest shortly after the training. If you’d be interested in attending an inquest, we can arrange this on your behalf. Please contact us for details.

*Please do not bring any paperwork from ongoing cases to the training session.

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

Programme

Introduction to Inquests
22 April 2021 (9.45am – 4.30pm)

9.45

Registration

10.00

Inquest overview – a lawyer’s perspective
An introduction to the legislation and procedures; stages of an inquest process; the role of the clinician: from certifying a death through to giving factual evidence to the Coroner; professional/disciplinary outcomes and litigation.
Isabel Bathurst
Solicitor Consultant

11.30

Refreshments

11.45

Inquest overview – a lawyer’s perspective (continued)
Isabel Bathurst
Solicitor Consultant

12.30

Lunch

13.30

Inquest overview – a clinician’s perspective
Insight from a factual witness: the practicalities of being involved in the inquest process, advice on how to prepare and participate in the process fully
Dr Chris Danbury
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital

14.00

Writing your statement to the Coroner: tips and techniques
Practical session: the content and tone of a witness statement
Dr Chris Danbury
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital

15.00

Refreshments

15.15

Giving evidence at the inquest: tips and techniques
Interactive workshop addressing giving evidence to the Coroner, including how to prepare for being questioned by a barrister or family members
Dr Chris Danbury
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital

16.00

Summing up
Review of the day’s content, open forum for questions and feedback
Dr Chris Danbury
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Speakers

Dr Chris Danbury

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Isabel Bathurst

Inquest, Inquiry and Injury Solicitor

Testimonials from previous events

  • It is so useful and educational that I find it hard to understand why it is not part of essential training.
    Dr Anika Sud, Anaesthetist
  • Excellent course! Great experience.
    Dr Jo Lambert, GP
  • The inquest training was probably one of the best I have attended. Thank you!
    Dr Natalia Ghirasim, Consultant Psychiatrist
  • It was a great overview of the background and practical advice on how to prepare and answer questions at inquests. We do not receive any such training within the hospital.
    Kumar Muthukumarappan, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Covered the topics I was interested in. Thank you very much – best spent money in the last year. Fantastic presentations and very approachable speakers.

    Mate Vidra, Consultant in ICU/Anaesthetics
  • Detailed and practical insight into inquests. Well done!
    Mr Mo Abu-Bakra, Consultant Ophthalmologist
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