About this event

  • Date and time Tue 17 Nov 2020 from 5:30pm to 6:35pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Patient Safety

Whether your role is in the NHS or in private healthcare, it is vitally important to take consent for any intervention safely.

This webinar brings together clinical and legal perspectives, advising healthcare professionals of all levels how to take consent safely to avoid litigation and improve patient safety. 

Receive guidance from NHS Consultant, Michael Kelly, who has provided expert witness evidence at Court, combined with input from Andrew Bershadski, a highly experienced Barrister who has proceeded to Trial and won for the medical profession on a number of separate informed consent cases.  Ed Glasgow, a Partner specialising in Healthcare Law, will Chair the event, which it is hoped will provide valuable practical insight.

By attending this webinar you will:

  • Improve your knowledge and confidence in obtaining consent
  • Understand the value of dialogue
  • Understand the scope of the duty to inform.

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Key speakers

Michael Kelly

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Mr Michael Kelly is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon based at North Bristol NHS Trust. He has a particular focus on maximising function following trauma and specialises in treating ongoing problems where return to function is slow or incomplete. This focus also extends to hip and knee arthritis and arthroplasty. Appearing as an Expert Witness in a medico-legal case concerning consent, the Trial Judge preferred his evidence. He will give us practical insight into obtaining consent in a clinical setting.

Andrew Bershadski

Barrister, 2 Temple Gardens

Speaker's biography

Mr Andrew Bershadski is Barrister at 2 Temple Gardens. He has successfully defended consent cases at Trial and has a wide experience in all matters relating to clinical negligence. He will be guiding us on the realities of the Court Room when issues of consent are in dispute.    

Ed Glasgow

Partner, Kennedys

Speaker's biography

Mr Ed Glasgow is a Partner in the London Office at Kennedys Law LLP. He acts on behalf of a large number of NHS Trusts in clinical negligence cases and in inquests. He enjoys supporting healthcare professionals through the difficult process of litigation. Cases he is currently working on involve vascular, orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery. He also has expertise in cases concerning pain management and neurosurgery. 


View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Mr Ed Glasgow, Partner, Kennedys Law LLP and Council Member, Patient Safety Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Consenting safely in the consultation room

Mr Michael Kelly, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust

Surviving the court room

Mr Andrew Bershadski, Barrister, 2 Temple Gardens

Panel discussion
Closing remarks and close of meeting

Mr Ed Glasgow



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. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on 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. 

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