About this event

  • Date and time Sat 12 Nov 2022 from 9:15am to 4:10pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine

In the 21st century, many clinicians will interact with aspects of our legal system. Join this meeting to understand the basics of what any clinician should know about clinical forensic and legal medicine, by providing an overview of the diverse ways in which medicine and law interface.

Learn how to write a statement or report for Court and document injury correctly. Also, understand what to do if you are required in the Coroners Courtrequested to write a report for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), and what it means when the police officer says: ‘It’s a drink-drive hospital procedure, doctor’.

Participants will:

  • Understand what is required in HM Coroner’s Court 
  • Learn how to document injury correctly 
  • Know what to do when police request the ‘hospital procedure’ 
  • Explain what to do when writing a statement or report for Court 

Our Autumn Section meeting has been combined with the Students and Trainees meeting to mark the 35th anniversary of the Section. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered event participants up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

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Welcome and introduction

Dr Bernadette Butler, President, Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine

Tribute to the late Dr Neville Davis, MBE

Dr Bernadette Butler

Casualty: How to accurately document injuries

Professor Jason Payne-James, Specialist in Forensic and Legal Medicine and Consultant Forensic Physician Lead Medical Examiner, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

DUI – drink or drugs/hospital or police station?

Professor Margaret Stark, Consultant Forensic Physician, Honorary Professor Teesside University, Chairman Forensic Science Sub-Committee

Comfort break
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Professor Ian Wall, Consultant Forensic Physician, Specialist in Forensic and Legal Medicine, Consultant Forensic Physician Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Visiting Professor, Teesside University

A life interrupted: Sexual assault, what every clinician should know

Dr Helena Thornton, Forensic Physician, St Mary’s Sexual Manchester

Comfort break
The role of the medical examiner

Dr Alex Gorton, Forensic Physician and Emergency Medicine

The good, the bad and the ugly, or multiple jeopardy

 Dr John Holden, Chief Medical Officer, Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland 

Comfort break
The coroner

Mr Sean Horstead, His Majesty Coroner, Essex County Council

The statement: What to do when you are asked for one

Dr Emmeline Brew-Graves, Sexual Offences Examiner, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Close of meeting



Registration for this event will close 1 hour prior to start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion.

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

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