Patient safety, litigation against doctors and gross negligence manslaughter


Friday 21 April 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Urology Section


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about this event

Improving patient safety, by means of a reduction of medical errors, has been a major focus of attention over the past several years. This one-day meeting, will review progress to date and consider how further progress can be made. Speakers include Sir Robert Francis QC, Anna Rowland Assistant Director, Policy, Business Transformation and Safeguarding, Fitness to Practice and Mr David Sellu, who went to prison on a charge of gross negligence manslaughter.

The ways and means of turning back the tide of litigation against doctors will be debated as well as the appropriateness of the use of criminal prosecution of surgeons for “gross negligence manslaughter".


This meeting is fully booked, however it will be live streamed at Chandos House for pre-registered delegates only.


Chandos House
2 Queen Anne Street

Delegate rates for the live stream:

RSM Member - £45
Non Member - £55

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Session 1 - Understanding the threats

Chairs: Mr Ian Franklin, Consultant Vascular Surgeon Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, The Cadogan Clinic and Lord Bernard Ribiero CBE

8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

8.55 am

Introduction and welcome to the day

Professor Roger Kirby, President, Urology Section, RSM

9.00 am

A tsunami of litigation: Why doctors get sued

Mr James Badenoch QC, 1 Crown Office Row and Mr David Badenoch, Consultant Urologist, 101 Harley Street London

9.20 am

A journey through a gross negligence manslaughter prosecution

Mr Kenneth Woodburn, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

9.40 am

Mistake or manslaughter?

Mr David Sellu

10.10 am

Criminalisation of healthcare - does it improve patient safety?

Dr Jenny Vaughan, Consultant Neurologist, Charing Cross Hospital

10.25 am

The decision to prosecute

Nick Vamos, Head of Special Crime, Deputy Head Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division

10.40 am

Panel discussion

10.50 am

Tea and coffee break

Session 2 - Coping under investigation

Chairs: Dr Jenny Vaughan and Sir Robert Francis QC

11.15 am

Standing up to scrutiny: The media, the public, the police and the CPS

Ian Barker, Senior Solicitor, Medical Defence Union

11.30 am

The expert medical witness - The good, the bad and the ugly

Mr Peter McDonald, Consultant Surgeon, Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospitals and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College, London Non-Executive Director MDDUS

11.45 am

Black box thinking

Dr David Nicholl, Clinical Lead for Neurology, City Hospital

12.00 pm

Black, Asian and ethnic minority issues

Dr Oliver Quick, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol and Professor Aneez Esmail, Professor of General Practice, University of Manchester

12.15 pm

Disclosure: Paths of glory

Edward Henry QEB

12.30 pm

Doctors reported to the GMC: Who, why and what happens

Anna Rowland, Assistant Director, Policy, Business Transformation and Safeguarding, Fitness to Practice

12.45 pm

Panel discussion

1.00 pm


Session 3 - Patient safety

Professor Roger Kirby and Dr David Nicholl, Clinical Lead for Neurology, City Hospital

2.00 pm

Pressures building from an under-resourced health service

Christopher Smallwood, Chair, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2011-2016

2.20 pm

The role of the healthcare safety investigation branch

Dr Kevin Stewart, Medical Advisor, HSIB, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

2.40 pm

Medication errors

Professor Robin Ferner, Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham

3.00 pm

Why the best surgeons make the worst mistakes

Mr Anthony Giddings

3.20 pm


3.30 pm

Tea and coffee break

Session 4 - Moving ahead

Chairs: Professor Sir Norman Williams, Senior Clinical Advisor to SoS for Health, DH and Peter McDonald

4.00 pm

Avoiding the pitfalls

Professor Roger Kirby

4.20 pm

Safety and sanction: What do patients want?

Sir Robert Francis QC, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, President of the Patients Association

4.40 pm

Panel discussion: Looking to the future

Professor Norman Williams, Sir Robert Francis QC, Lord Michael Wills and Professor Roger Kirby

5.00 pm

Close of meeting

5.05 pm

Drinks reception

All welcome

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  • Online registration closes on Monday 17 April 2017
  • This meeting is now fully booked
  • Live stream rates available
  • Rates start at £35 for RSM members
  • Rates start at £45 for non members
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For information on this event, contact Faye KelleherTel: 02072902987 Email: arrow