About this event

  • Date and time Fri 25 Mar 2022 from 8:45am to 6:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Urology

Generally, the medicolegal knowledge of clinicians and healthcare professionals is limited. It is important that all medical professionals understand current and correct medicolegal processes to mitigate complications, lawsuits or severe legal ramifications, and enhance patient care.

This event is being offered free of charge on a first come first served basis to 50 trainees due to funding from the Urology Section.

This medicolegal event will enable you to understand consent, assist you to decrease complaints and litigation, explain the ‘second victim’ concept, and examine the medicolegal aspects of everyday medicine and the processes. 

Experts will show you how to write a medicolegal report and provide knowledge as to how to become an expert witness.

According to the Medical Defence Union (MDU) in 2020, GPs in the UK can expect to be sued once every 10 years, and according to Statista, during the 2019/2020 year, there were over 11,600 clinical related negligence claims and over 3,700 non-clinical claims reported to NHS England. 

This event will equip you with knowledge of the General Medical Council (GMC) process and expectation in this field and will provide first-hand information on current and high-profile cases that outline how to prevent litigation in the first instance.

Can't make it to London for this event? You can also book to watch this event via live stream by clicking here. You can watch live stream events anywhere with a good internet connection. 

Topics to be covered include: 

  • The GMC regulation of medical practice and the processes involved in a medicolegal case and GNM (Gross Negligence Manslaughter)
  • How to write a medicolegal report and understand what it takes to be an expert witness
  • What to do when things go wrong?
  • The legal process of prosecution and defence; clinical negligence in the NHS and resolution and regulation in the world of private practice.

CPD learning applied. 

The Urology Section would like to thank our Annual Sponsor KARL STORZ Endoscopy (UK) Ltd for their valued support of the entire 2021 to 2022 Academic Programme. We would also like to thank our event sponsors Kingsley Napley, MDDUS, Medical Protection Society (MPS) and Practition for their support of the meeting.

Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Seshadri Sriprasad, President, Urology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

How to reduce mistakes in medicine

Chairs: Ms Louise Ashley, CEO, Darent Valley Hospital, Kent and Ms Kay Thomas, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Deputy Medical Director, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Human factors application to improve performance and patient safety

Professor Peter Brennan, Honorary Professor of Surgery and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust 

Consent taking to avoid litigation

Mr Ian Eardley, Consultant Urologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Trends of medico legal litigation and how to avoid them

Professor Bhaskar Somani, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Professor of Urology, University of Southampton

Is the current regulatory structure doing anything to improve patient safety?

Mr Robert Hendry, Medical Director, Medical Protection Society 

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break

Navigating ‘a critical incident’

Chairs: Professor Peter Brennan and Ms Nadine Coull, President Elect, Urology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Urological Surgeon, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Patient's perspective

Ms Joanne Hughes

The clinician's perspective

Dr Jenny Vaughan, Consultant Neurologist, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Navigating a critical incident – a medical director’s perspective

Professor Justin Vale, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Questions and answers
A surgeon’s perspective as a victim

Mr Omer Karim, Locum Consultant Urological Surgeon, Royal Marsden Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital 

Are ethnic minority doctors investigated more in the General Medical Council? - a review of urology General Medical Council referrals

Dr Jenni Lane, Core Surgical Trainee, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

In search of balance - a medical practitioners tribunal service tribunal member's view'

Dr Ed Morris, Consultant Anaesthetist, North Bristol NHS Trust

Questions and answers

The legal process and resolution

Chairs: Mr Ian Eardley and Miss Jo Cresswell, Consultant Urological Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

How to write a medicolegal report

Mr Julian Shah, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and Honorary Associate Professor, University College London

The expert witness

Ms Flora McCabe, Head of Advocacy and Risk management and Healthcare Solicitor, Lockton Companies

The legal process – prosecution and defence

Dr Anthea Martin, Medico-legal Consultant and Cases Team Leader, Medical Protection Society, Dr Sabira Hughes, Medicolegal Consultant, Medical Protection Society Limited and Dr Beth Walker, Medicolegal Consultant, Medical Protection Society Limited

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break

Regulation and negligence

Chairs: Dr Jenny Vaughan and Professor Seshadri Sriprasad

Regulation of the private sector

Professor Derek Alderson, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Birmingham

Gross negligence and manslaughter issues

Dr Leslie Hamilton, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon (retired) and Chair, Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide

Questions and answers
Close of the meeting
Champagne reception



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

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Thursday 24 March 2022. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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

All delegates (in-person and live stream) will receive the recording of this event 24 hours after the event has finished. The recording will be available to watch for up to 60 days after the live event. 

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