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Mock Inquest training sessions

This series will consist of four modules due to take place weekly on Tuesday 13 September, Tuesday 20 September, Tuesday 27 September and Tuesday 4 October.

This is an important training course for practising clinicians and any NHS professionals who would benefit from understanding the inquest process, including those working in clinical governance and risk, complaints, family liaison and in-house legal teams.

This virtual training course will provide essential knowledge, tools and insights delivered by the Senior Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire and other legal experts.

The course covers the inquest process from start to finish and provides practical advice and guidance on reporting deaths and certification, writing reports for the Coroner and giving oral evidence in court or remotely. It includes a mock in-person inquest and a mock remote inquest hearing to provide a realistic experience of an inquest hearing from opening to conclusion and aims to introduce delegates to best practice when dealing with inquest hearings. The course also considers the wider implications of an inquest for the organisations and clinicians involved, looking at media coverage, compensation claims, disciplinary and professional implications.

The course is split into four modules, all delivered remotely:

13 September 2022 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This session will be delivered by Dr Robert Hunter, HM Senior Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire and Simon Tait, Head of Health Advisory and Litigation, Browne Jacobson Solicitors and Assistant Coroner for Yorkshire South East.

During the session, Dr Hunter will take you through the new statutory duties under the Notification of Death Regulations and the role of the Medical Examiner. Dr Hunter will provide practical hints and tips for reporting deaths and advice and guidance on reporting COVID deaths to the Coroner.

Simon Tait will then provide an overview of the inquest process and an introduction to Coronial law.

Note: This module has now taken place and is available on-demand. If you would like to access its content please contact the Events Team.

20 September 2022 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This session will be delivered by Dr Robert Hunter, HM Senior Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire and Nicola Evans, Partner at Browne Jacobson, representing a variety of NHS and public bodies at complex inquests across a number of jurisdictions and advising on complex health law queries.

During the session, Nicola Evans will deliver a practical session full of hints and tips for writing your report to the Coroner. We will also hear from Dr Hunter with guidance for witnesses giving oral evidence in court or remotely, to equip you to give your evidence to the court confidently and compassionately.

Note: This module has now taken place and is available on-demand. If you would like to access its content please contact the Events Team.

27 September 2022 - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

During this session, we will show you a pre-filmed Mock Inquest both in court and via a mock remote inquest hearing to provide a realistic experience of a hearing from opening to Conclusion. The focus of this session will be on preparing for and attending an inquest hearing – both in person and remotely.

Simon Tait will then deliver a session on the wider implications of the inquest for the organisations and clinicians involved, looking at media coverage, compensation claims, disciplinary and professional implications.

Note: This module has now taken place and is available on-demand. If you would like to access its content please contact the Events Team.

4 October 2022 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This module will be delivered by Mark Barnett and Rebecca Fitzpatrick, partners at Browne Jacobson and leading specialists in mental health law. Both regularly deal with inquests into deaths in a mental health setting. Rebecca also sits as a First Tier Judge in the Mental Health Tribunal.

This module builds on earlier modules but with a focus on issues which are unique to preparing for inquests in a mental health setting. Rebecca and Mark will provide an overview of the relevant Coronial law and will deliver a practical session full of hints and tips for healthcare professionals preparing to give evidence at an inquest where the death involves mental health services.

The cost of this course is £40+VAT per module, £110+VAT if you book to attend three modules or £145+VAT for all four modules.

For delegates who attend the first three modules or all four modules, you will be awarded a certificate at the conclusion of the course.

Your invoice for payment of your chosen module(s) will be sent to you via email in August. Please look out for an email from eventsticketing@brownejacobson.com, this will include your invoice from us from which you can make your payment. Please note, if full payment is not recieved prior to the module date you will not recieve your joining link.

If you wish to cancel your place, 4-weeks’ notice is required for a full refund. We are however, able to transfer your place to a colleague if requested.

Our speakers

Nicola evans

Nicola Evans

Partner

Nicola is an experienced solicitor advocate and partner in our inquest and advisory team. She has over 20 years’ experience advising NHS organisations, Trust Boards, senior NHS managers and clinicians on advisory and inquest matters in the health and care sector. She is highly regarded for her legal expertise, which is grounded in a deep-rooted understanding of the health sector drawn from lived experience of working within the NHS.

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Simon Tait

Simon Tait

Partner

Simon Tait is a Partner and Head of Health Law at
Browne Jacobson LLP. He has over 25 years' experience representing clinicians and NHS Trusts at inquests. He also acts for medical defence organisations, defending clinical negligence claims, and advises on a wide range of health law issues for both NHS and private sector clients. He also sits as a part time Assistant Coroner in South-East Yorkshire.

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Mark Barnett

Mark Barnett

Partner

Mark Barnett specialises in clinical negligence and healthcare law, dealing with inquests, cases in the court of protection and advising health and social care clients on the Mental Capacity Act, DoLS and Mental Health Act.

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Rebecca Fitzpatrick

Rebecca Fitzpatrick

Partner

Specialises in all aspects of mental health and general healthcare law. Vast majority of practice that leads to court involvement is in the Court of Protection (mental capacity issues), the High Court (complex treatment cases, eg involving children), the Administrative Court (judicial review, human rights and community care issues) and the Coroner’s Court.

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