About this event

  • Date and time Mon 6 Jun 2022 from 9:15am to 4:55pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

Join a panel of experts as we discuss and examine important aspects of informed consent in obstetrics. You will be guided through the history of consent, hear expert opinions from patient groups (Birthrights), patient experiences', and you will hear from the legal team of Guys and St Thomas’ hospital, London. 

The UK Supreme Court (UKSC) judgment in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board has closed the gap between ‘legal consent’, ‘informed consent' and the ‘best interest’ of the patient. The full judgment, the point of law decided and the rationale for the decision (ratio decidendi) of this important case concerning patient information, advice, and consent has recently started to filter through into clinical practice in commonwealth law jurisdictions. The Royal College of Surgeons, acting upon this judgment, has just issued new guidelines on patient consent in October 2016.

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You will learn about:  

  • Negligence in obstetrics
  • Informed consent
  • Real cases and how real teams manage them

CPD learning applied.

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Key speakers

Ms Maria Booker

Programmes Director, Birthrights Team 

Speaker's biography

Ms Maria Booker is Programmes Director of the charity Birthrights – a UK charity dedicated to improving maternity care through a focus on human rights. Maria leads the charity’s policy and campaigning work, training of healthcare professionals and oversees Birthrights advice line.

Ms Booker was previously UK General Manager of Maternity Neighbourhood (a US based, midwife-led company developing a woman-centred electronic maternity record). Maria also led the development of the website 'Which? Birth Choice for Which?' to its launch in 2014. Prior to that Maria had a diverse 11 year career in the Department for Business including taking two bills through Parliament and being Private Secretary to the Energy Minister.

Ms Linda Napolitano

Clinical Governance Lead, Women’s Services, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Susan Bewley

Department of Women and Children, King’s College London


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Panicos Shangaris, President, Maternity and the Newborn Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

Session 1

Chair: Dr Surabhi Nanda, Consultant, Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Surabhi Nanda

History of consent

Ms Suzanne White, Partner for Clinical Negligence, Leigh Day 

Who is the primary decision maker within maternity care in 2022?

Ms Maria Booker, Programmes Director, Birthrights

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Legal cases in obstetrics

Mr Con Kelleher, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Guy’s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Ms Linda Napolitano, Clinical Governance Lead, Guy’s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

What is the purpose of cord clamping?

Professor Susan Bewley, Professor of Women's Health, King’s College London

Panel discussion

Session 2

Wendy Savage Travel Bursary Prize winner presentation
Patient’s experiences

Ms Nadine Montgomery

Applying Montgomery: Practical tips

Mr James Badenoch QC, Barrister, 1 Crown Office Row

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Case studies

Ms Sophie Donaldson, Legal Team, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



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

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