About this event

  • Date and time Wed 25 Dec 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Patient Safety

This event is postponed. This page will be updated as soon as we have a new date. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

This meeting will focus on some of the key medico-legal issues that impact GPs, primary care and patient safety, with a specific emphasis on inquests, clinical negligence and incidents.

This comprehensive programme will review and explore the latest legal and regulatory developments from national leaders in each of these fields.

Limited bursary places are available for GP trainees on a first-come, first-served basis, email patient@rsm.ac.uk to claim your place.


Delegates will gain an understanding of:

  • The role of coroners and inquests, what to expect and what GPs and those working in primary care need to do to prepare and actively learn from deaths
  • The role of Medical Examiners and how they will impact on primary care
  • The support, including education and training, available to GPs in dealing with medico-legal issues and how to access practical support (e.g. via the Medical Defence Organisations) when necessary
  • The role of NHS Resolution and the Clinical Negligence Scheme for GPs (CNSGP) and their impact upon GPs and patient safety
  • Developments in learning from incidents in primary care, including feedback from the CQC regarding best practice and areas for improvement

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Key speakers

Dr Alan Fletcher

NHS National Medical Examiner


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction of session chair

Mr Brady Pohle, Past President, Patient Safety Section

Morning session

Chair: Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President, General Practitioner Section, Royal Society of Medicine

CQC perspectives of learning from incidents in primary care

Dr Rosie Benneyworth, Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care, CQC

Learning from patient safety incidents in primary care: the pros, the challenges and opportunities ahead

Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens, General Practitioner and Clinical Reader of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

Panel Discussion
Tea and coffee break
Clinical Negligence Scheme for GPs – what is it, how does it work, how does this impact on GPs and patients?

Kamalpreet Bedi, Deputy Director of Claims Management, NHS Resolution

Panel Discussion
Lunch and networking

Afternoon session

Chair: Dr Elizabeth Haxby, President, Patient Safety Section and RSM Trustee

Chair’s welcome

Mr Brady Pohle

Coroners’ inquests and GPs – what to expect, how to prepare and the impact on patient safety

Mr Graeme Irvine, Area Coroner, South Eastern England - London Coroners Group

Support for GPs in getting it right for patients

Professor Clare Gerada, Medical Director, Practitioner Health Programme

Medical examiners and the impact on primary care

Dr Alan Fletcher, National Medical Examiner, NHS England and Wales.

Panel Discussion
Closing remarks and close of meeting

Evaluation forms and certificates will be sent via email


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