About this event

  • Date and time Wed 20 Nov 2019 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine

Now in its 6th year, this annual evening meeting, free for RSM students and trainees, will explore postgraduate subjects and highlight common ethical issues as well as practical aspects of the interaction of medicine and the law.

This event is a must for any student or trainee wanting to get into forensic medicine - it will provide an insight into the various career paths that can be taken and what they entail.

Learning objectives

• Acquire knowledge of forensic and legal medicine in areas relevant and applicable to everyday practice

• Consider common medico-legal dilemmas and the interface of medicine and the law, including crime, forensic psychiatry, issues around death certification and examine procedures involved in the investigation of rape and sexual assault

• Gain information, direction and careers advice for those considering involvement in this area of practice


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Registration, Tea and coffee
Welcome and Introduction

Dr Helena Thornton, Forensic Physician St Mary's Centre, Manchester and President of the Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section at the Royal Society of Medicine

Panel discussion on medico-legal and ethical issues: crime, confidentiality and safeguarding

All speakers

The Death Certification Process: tips for students and trainees

Dr Frances Cranfield, GP, Expert Witness, HM Coroner and Past President of the Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Tea and coffee break
Psychiatry in the dock and the cells

Dr Christopher Clark, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist Immediate Past President of the Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Rape and sexual assault: statistics, clinical and forensic aspects

Dr Bernadette Butler, Forensic Physician and Clinical Education and Training Lead, The Havens, King’s College Hospital, London

Close of Meeting

Dr Helena Thornton


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom