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Shared Insights - sharing learning and experience across healthcare

Browne Jacobson’s Shared Insights – connecting, talking, supporting, learning

In a health industry that has been weighed down in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, NHS networks have become increasingly fragmented as public health services look to contend with the challenges of unprecedented demand in a remote working environment. With strong networking, support and learning at the core of progressive NHS operations, we’ve endeavoured to create a platform to help NHS professionals regain those key connections on a more regular basis.

Shared Insights is a fortnightly online NHS forum for industry professionals, hosted by Browne Jacobson on Microsoft Teams. Sharing learning and experience from a wide spectrum of key topics in the health sector, Shared Insights has proved to be a vital resource and NHS staff forum for those at the heart of healthcare to exchange ideas and talk about the issues that matter to them.


Discuss the big issues that matter to you with the Shared Insights NHS forum

Shared Insights has been created to be an open NHS health forum where professionals can share their own experiences from a variety of sectors and get expert advice from colleagues on the frontline of those key topics. Covering 60 NHS organisations across all seven NHS England regions, we’re reconnecting NHS professionals nationwide amid the challenges that present themselves today.

Shared Insights aims to:

  • Connect NHS organisations and professionals to discuss the key challenges they face.
  • Share learning and experience from a variety of sectors in the health industry – featuring expert speakers on relevant topics.
  • Create conversations that make a difference to our clients going forward.

Previous Shared Insights topics have included mediation and consent, collaborative working, managing PPE, learning from claims and inquests, clinical governance, and countless other areas spanning operational, cultural, and educational concerns.

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Key learning from previous Shared Insights

This Shared Insights Safeguarding Forum was hosted by Clare Shepherd, Senior Associate, and Lisa Newboult, Named Professional in Safeguarding Adults and Mental Capacity Act (United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust). We were also delighted to be joined by Marlon Fullick, CEO of LSA Secure Limited.

This session focused on issues, legal framework and practical solutions in:

  • Discharge planning
  • Restraint
  • Conveyance to and from hospital.

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In our second Coroner’s Question Time we were delighted to be joined by three experienced Coroners, Zak Golombeck, Area Coroner for Manchester City, Ivan Cartwright, Area Coroner for Leicester City and South Leicestershire and Gordon Clow, Assistant Coroner for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Issues considered by the panel

  • An outline of the current backlog and the pandemic recovery plan implemented in their jurisdiction.
  • Their jurisdiction’s approach to the message from the Chief Coroner that inquest hearings should now be returning to normality.
  • What allowance is being made by Coroners in respect of care and governance issues that arose because of the pandemic.
  • What allowances Coroners can make for clinical witnesses to try to minimise avoidable disruption to clinical recovery and make reasonable adjustments where clinical staff have reached burnout.

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Sarah Stork, Senior Associate at Browne Jacobson chaired the session.

Samantha Paxman, Partner (Barrister), Browne Jacobson began the discussion with themes seen arising from inquests.

We were also delighted to be joined by:

Dr Asim Yusuf, Consultant Psychiatrist, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who discussed his experiences and learning from participating in RCAs.

Dr Sally Arnold, General Adult Psychiatrist, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who provided the clinician’s perspective of preparing for and attending inquests and set out her practical tips.

Mandy Ford, Head of Risk Management, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who took us through what she and her Trust had learned from a difficult case.

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Kathryn Fearn, Associate Director of Legal Services at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) introduced the session and explained she had requested a Shared Insights call on this topic due to a spike in incidents with the hope of sharing good practice.

Rebecca Fitzpatrick, Helen Badger and Carl May-Smith, Partners at Browne Jacobson provided an overview of the legal frameworks in place that can assist Trusts when managing violent, abusive and racist patients. They focused on the legal aspects from the patient perspective, employment concerns and regulatory aspects. 

We were delighted to be joined by Sergeant Ben Wildman, of Derbyshire Constabulary who spoke about the Police perspective when it comes to managing violent, abusive and racist patients and what Trusts can do to assist the police in investigating these incidents.

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Victoria Colclough, Senior Associate at Browne Jacobson chaired the Quarterly Safeguarding Forum

Rebecca Fitzpatrick, Partner at Browne Jacobson spoke about the difficulties faced by professionals when dealing with challenging family members and highlighted the legal frameworks and mechanisms that can be implemented to manage these behaviours in order to protect staff and keep the patient’s best interests at the centre of decision making.

We were delighted to be joined by Catherine Keay, Head of Commissioning for Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism at NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group who spoke about the CCG’s experiences of working with some of their more challenging families and provided some practical tips on how to manage these complex situations.

We were also pleased to be joined by Lisa Newboult, Named Professional Safeguarding Nurse at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust who provided her valuable insight into managing challenging family members in order to ensure Trusts are acting in their patient’s best interests.

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Rachael Morris, Partner at Browne Jacobson spoke on how this session would mark World Patient Safety Day which this year has a theme of safe maternal and newborn care. She provided an overview of the implementation of the Ockenden Immediate and Essential actions.

Amelia Newbold, Risk Management Lead at Browne Jacobson provided an overview of how Heads of Legal can support clinical improvement work.

We were delighted to be joined by Dr Angie Doshani Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Elaine Broughton, Head of Midwifery at UHL, who spoke about the impact of Ockenden at their Trust, the practical steps they have taken to implement the actions required, and shared practical tips for disseminating learning.

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In this Shared Insights session, we discussed the future of interaction between NHS Trusts and Local Government amidst a drive for better integrated care; the new Liberty Protection Safeguard legislation due to come into force in April 2022, and the challenges of collaborative working between organisations.

We were delighted to be joined by:

Adam Lent, Chief Executive of think tank New Local, which specialises in advising public services with a network of over 60 local councils.

Mark Barnett, Partner in our Advisory and Inquests team at Browne Jacobson. He advises health and social care providers on issues involving the Mental Capacity Act, deprivation of liberty and Court of Protection applications.

Naomi De Silva, Associate at Browne Jacobson. Naomi specialises in claims against Children’s Services providers and claims under the HRA and DPA.

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The first part of this Shared Insights session was led by Sharon Fletcher, Associate Safety and Learning Lead at NHS Resolution who, prior to the pandemic, started some work looking at the themes and learning arising from Operating Theatre claims between 2010 and 2020.

We were also delighted to be joined by Mr Arthur Stephen, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Divisional Director for Surgical Services at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB). Mr Stephen chairs the Trust Harm Review Committee at UHDB and is the lead for surgical service recovery at UHDB. He led a discussion about the challenges faced by NHS Trusts as they seek to restore surgical and other services post-pandemic.

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Each speaker provided their unique perspective and learning outcomes from dealing with eating disorder patients.

Catherine Flannery, Associate at Browne Jacobson outlined what is required from a legal perspective for a successful application to the Court of Protection (CoP).

Claire Noble, Case Manager in the Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Autism & CAMHS Commissioning Team for NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group spoke about challenges faced by CCGs and set out some practical learning points.

Majella Wright, a Specialist Nurse Practitioner at St Barnabas Hospice, an independent charity providing care for people living with life limiting illnesses, offered insights from her work with patients who have reached the terminal phase of their illness and their families.

Lisa Newboult, Named Professional in Safeguarding Adults and Mental Capacity Act at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust spoke about the importance of having a Care Co-Ordinator.

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In this Shared Insights session we discussed how different Coroners are approaching recovery from the pandemic. The session was chaired by Nicola Evans, Consultant, Browne Jacobson.

We were delighted to be joined by a panel of Coroners to answer questions from NHS Organisations as we plan for the increased court activity that recovery will bring:

Mr Zak Golombeck, Area Coroner for Manchester City

Dr Robert Hunter, Senior Coroner for Derby and Derbyshire

Mr Gordon Clow, Assistant Coroner for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

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In this Shared Insights session, we discussed the learning from the Paterson Inquiry and the implications for in-house legal teams, patient safety, clinical governance, workforce culture and large-scale reviews.

We were delighted to be joined by Jacqui Atkinson, Partner Browne Jacobson; Kathryn Fearn, Associate Director of Legal Services at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust; and Alison Bell, Advocacy and Improvement (Freedom to Speak Up) Senior Manager at NHS Improvement.

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Helen Badger, Partner at Browne Jacobson provided an insight into the legal issues arising from Covid-19 related illness, including long COVID and PTSD.

Claire Parker, Senior Programme Lead (Health and Wellbeing) at NHS England and NHS Improvement outlined the range of national support available to NHS colleagues for health and wellbeing.

Carl May-Smith, Partner at Browne Jacobson gave practical guidance on dealing with HSE investigations where staff have tragically died during the pandemic.

Nicola Evans, Solicitor-Advocate at Browne Jacobson outlined the Coroner’s guidance on holding an inquest in the circumstances of a staff death during the pandemic.

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For this session, we were delighted to be joined by Sangita Bodalia, Head of Early Notification (Legal) at NHS Resolution who discussed the changes to improve and streamline the investigation process for cases under the Early Notification (EN) Scheme (changes which came into effect from 1 April 2021).

We were also delighted to be joined by Sandy Lewis, Associate Director of Maternity Investigation Programme and Amanda Morgan, Regional Lead for Maternity Investigations (South) from HSIB who provided an update on the process for HSIB maternity investigations.

Together, Sangita, Sandy and Amanda discussed the interface between the HSIB and EN investigations.

Kelly Buckley, Senior Associate at Browne Jacobson also provided a Panel perspective and an overview of the process for those EN cases where it is appropriate for Panel to be instructed.

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Lorna Hardman, Partner at Browne Jacobson spoke of her role as head of the firm’s clinical negligence practice and explained that the purpose of this session was to focus on the issues that Trust legal teams have faced over the last 12 months during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lorna and Rebecca Taylor-Onion, Senior Associate at Browne Jacobson, have been focused on indemnity issues stemming from the pandemic. In the early stages of the pandemic they were involved with indemnity arrangements with the private sector and discharging patients to care homes. More recently they have advised on some of the indemnity issues arising from the challenges of the vaccination programme.

Rishipal Singh, Solicitor & Team Leader at NHS Resolution spoke of the challenging year everyone has faced and his experience of being involved in supporting NHS Resolution’s Covid-19 claims handling processes.

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This was the first Shared Insights “Safeguarding Forum” which will run quarterly.

Laura Nazar, Senior Associate at Browne Jacobson outlined the practical challenges involved in managing legal proceedings for complex patients. She spoke of her experiences and provided top tips on how to overcome these challenges.

Karen Aucott at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust provided an insight on how to manage complex patients when they are admitted to a ward at an Acute Trust. She discussed the importance of regular MDT meetings and family input.

Lisa Newboult at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust discussed her role as Named Professional in Safeguarding Adults and Mental Capacity Act. Lisa explained her role as ‘project manager’ in complex cases and what this role entails.

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Sian Brown, Partner at Browne Jacobson spoke of her role as head of the Early Maternity team which focuses primarily on supporting the NHS Early Notification team and helping Trusts with cases where babies have died following birth or where mothers have sustained severe injuries during childbirth. She spoke of the consequences of these claims and the current focus on safety in maternity services.

Kelly Buckley, Senior Associate at Browne Jacobson provided insight into the Ockenden report and the 7 “Immediate and Essential Actions” outlined.

Amelia Newbold, Risk Management Lead at Browne Jacobson set out an overview of the key themes seen in obstetric claims and inquests with a focus on those themes she thinks will be more prevalent in the claims landscape post Ockenden.

Jo Hartley, Associate Director of Midwifery and Neonatal Services, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spoke about the impact of Ockenden at her Trust and the practical steps they have taken to implement the actions required.

Elita Mazzocchi RM, NHS Resolution shared the links between the immediate and essential actions outlined in the Ockenden report and the NHS Resolution Maternity Safety Actions.

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Rebecca Fitzpatrick, Partner at Browne Jacobson is one of the leading national specialists in mental health law. She spoke about the main challenges faced in complex cases when patients present to acute Trusts but also have complex mental health needs.

Lisa Newboult, Named Professional Safeguarding Adults and Mental Capacity Act at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULH) provided an Acute Trust’s perspective and explained some of the practical measures put in place at ULH to help staff improve patient outcomes.

Dr Adaeze Bradshaw, Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust shared her experiences as a Community Psychiatrist dealing with eating disorders and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She set out some of the steps taken within her Trust when managing these complex cases.

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Charlotte Harpin, Partner at Browne Jacobson spoke about the key legal principles that apply when processing requests for access to confidential information and gave some practical tips on how to deal with issues that might arise when Trusts are dealing with complex information requests.

Marilyn Whittle, Head of Legal and Governance at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, joined to tell us some of the in-house complexities of dealing with confidentiality and disclosure of information to third parties such as the police.

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Nicola is a Solicitor-Advocate who has specialised in health law for more than two decades. This included over a decade working at senior level within the NHS as the Associate Director of Legal Services at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT (“UHDB”). Nicola now acts for a wide range of NHS organisations and NHS Resolution advising on complex health law queries and representing NHS Trusts at Coroner’s inquests, appearing in numerous jurisdictions. Nicola has extensive experience supporting clinicians through the inquest process and is one of the key speakers on the Mock Inquest training course.

Nicola was joined by Dr Robert Hunter, HM Senior Coroner for Derby and Derbyshire to talk about the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Maughan and the impact that Covid-19 continues to have on the Coroner’s courts. 

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Damian Whitlam, Partner at Browne Jacobson, advises NHS Trusts and NHS Resolution in resolving patient disputes efficiently and fairly, on indemnity issues with potential third parties and helps NHS organisations learn from claims to drive improvements in patient care.

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Luke is a barrister at Browne Jacobson and provides advice, drafting and advocacy spanning criminal regulatory, coronial and associated civil matters. He works closely with NHS and public bodies throughout the lifetime of a case.

He was joined by Kathryn Fearn, Associate Director of Legal Services at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB).

Kathryn and Luke spoke about their experience dealing with anti-Covid protesters at UHDB. They emphasised the importance of Trusts developing a written plan so that you are ready to act quickly if anti-Covid or anti-vaccination protesters come on to your site to protest. Browne Jacobson recently assisted UHDB to deal with protesters on site and develop a plan to be followed if they return to site.

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Helen is a Partner at Browne Jacobson specialising in employment within health, social care and education. She advises on a wide range of HR and employment matters, including disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace, TUPE, equal pay, workforce change, discrimination and variation of terms and conditions of employment.

Helen provided some practical tips to share with HR colleagues on issues which may cause employee relations issues and litigation in 2021.

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Carl May-Smith is a partner and barrister specialising in regulatory and criminal law, with a particular focus on the health and care sector. Carl provides a broad variety of advice including in respect of health and care standards (CQC and others), health & safety, fire safety and police investigations. His clients include care providers (independent and NHS) as well as commissioners and investors in the sector.

Carl provided an update on what individuals and NHS organisations should expect from the regulators in 2021.

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For further details about any of the Shared Insights sessions please contact Nicola Evans or Damian Whitlam.


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