About this event

  • Date and time Wed 11 Nov 2020 from 7:00pm to 12 Nov 2020 at 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine

This is a two-part webinar, covering common medico-legal dilemmas. The webinars will highlight the interface of medicine and the law, including crime, issues around death certification including the introduction of the new medical examiner system, forensic psychiatry and the approach to management and investigation of allegations serious sexual assault.

The learning objectives will be as follows:

  • Help with a greater understanding of the death certification process and the role of the coroner
  • Highlight new legislation including the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019 and the Coronavirus Act 2020
  • Outline the new medical examiner system.

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Key speakers

Dr Frances Cranfield

Frances is Assistant Coroner for Hertfordshire and sits on the RCPath Medical Examiners Committee. She is a past president of the RSM Section of Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine and is a founder member of the Expert Witness Institute and a Founder Member and Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. She gave evidence at the Shipman Inquiry.  She is senior partner in her general practice and sits on Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the General Practice Committee of the BMA.

Dr Meng Aw-Yong

Dr Meng Aw-Yong has a portfolio career in Emergency and Forensic Medicine and prehospital care. He has been a Forensic Medical Examiner since 1996 and Medical Director (2011) of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). He was previously a panel member of the Independent Advisory Panel of Deaths in Custody (Harris Review on suicide in prisons) past president of the British Academy of Forensic Science and the Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr Bernadette Butler

Bernadette Butler, (‘Dr B’) graduated from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, sometime in the last century. Her postgraduate career began in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, but family commitments led to working part-time. She began her career in forensic medicine, 20 years ago, at the first Haven, in Camberwell, now one of 3 Havens: the SARCs for London.  She has an interest in education and training, hence her role as the CETL.  Her roles within the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine include: - Academic Dean, 2016-2019 - Examiner for LFFLM (SOM) and MFFLM (SOM) - Member of the forensic science subcommittee, (FSSC)  She has also held roles as the Clinical Director of Hope House, the Gloucestershire SARC and as an Assistant deputy Coroner for Surrey.  Away from her clinical roles, she sits as a Lay Magistrate (Justice of the Peace, JP) in Surrey. She has a particular interest in and fondness for Great Danes (dogs), of which she has owned nine over about 33 years.



Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels