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mock inquests

  • 26 Mar 2020
  • Education centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby

Most clinical staff are called to give evidence at an inquest during their career, are you prepared? It is important that NHS professionals understand their responsibility when reporting deaths and giving evidence at inquests. This one day course provides essential knowledge, delivered by the Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire and other legal experts, equipping delegates with the tools and insight needed to handle inquests confidently and compassionately.

Key facts

  • Did you know that the law on certifying deaths and notifying deaths to the Coroner is currently being completely overhauled. For the first time, doctors now have statutory duties to notify the Coroner of deaths in clearly defined circumstances and to provide the Coroner with written information prescribed by Regulations. Do you understand your new statutory duties under The Notification of Deaths Regulations? Do your organisational policies, procedures and training on death reporting ensure compliance with these Regulations?
  • By 31 March 2020, all acute Trusts are required to have established medical examiner offices to scrutinise all deaths that occur in their own hospitals which have not been reported to the Coroner. The Medical Examiner service will be rolled out to include deaths in the community in 2020/21. Are you prepared for the introduction of the Medical Examiner system, which will provide independent scrutiny of all deaths that are not notified to the Coroner.
  • Currently more than 40% of all registered deaths are reported to the Coroner: in 2018 more than 220,600 deaths were reported to the Coroner. Did you know that the introduction of the Medical Examiner system is expected to lead to a significant increase in the number of Coroner’s inquests, with some Coroners anticipating an increase as high as 25%.
  • Do you know how best to assist the coroner in an investigation and when giving oral evidence in court?

About the mock coroner’s inquest

The mock coroner’s inquest will be the focus of the afternoon. Presided over by the Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire, the mock inquest will be an accurate re-enactment of a real life inquest. This will provide delegates with a realistic experience of what the coroner’s court is like, from opening to verdict.

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venue details

Education centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby

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our speakers

Dr Robert Hunter

Dr Robert Hunter

HM Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire

Dr Robert Hunter has been HM Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire since 2008. He previously sat as Deputy Coroner in Cheshire for many years. Dr Hunter is one of only a handful of coroners who are both legally and medically qualified.

Simon Tait

Simon Tait

Partner and head of Health Advisory and Litigation

Simon specialises in inquests, clinical negligence claims, confidentiality and disclosure of medical records, mental health, consent to treatment issues, and the provision of training on a variety of topics to clinical staff and senior management.

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Nicola evans

Nicola Evans

Associate Director of Legal Services at University Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Nicola Evans is a solicitor-advocate and Associate Director of Legal Services at University Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. Working in the NHS, Nicola supports clinicians through the inquest process and represents the Trust in court.

venue details

Education Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby

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frequently asked questions


09.00 – Registration and refreshments
09:20 – Introduction
09.30 – Reporting deaths and certification
10.00 – Introduction to inquests
10.55 – Coffee break
11.15 – Writing reports for the coroner including a case study, sample reports and group sessions
12.15 – Clinical staff, coroners and inquests
13.15 – Lunch
14.00 – Mock coroner’s inquest
15.30 – Coffee break
16.00 – What happens next? Reputation, disciplinary issues and negligence claims
16.30 – Questions

If you require any further assistance please contact Lauren Bradley-Greer on +44 (0)330 045 2848 or lauren.bradley-greer@brownejacobson.com.
An invoice will be sent to you approximately a month prior to the course date, or the invoice contact supplied on booking a place, for full payment of the course fee. Please note payment for the course is required prior to attendance.

All invoices and payments are processed by Royal Derby Hospitals.

Please address any purchase orders or invoice queries to:

Shirley Maidens
Income Section
Finance Department
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 3NE
Tel 01332 786208

Royal Derby Hospital:
For those who work for Royal Derby Hospital, you are required to provide your budget code during registration, so an internal transfer can be arranged for the discounted rate of £130.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Anyone from an NHS Trust  who would like to attend  Mock Inquest course from Sept 2016  need to be  aware they need a Purchase Order number or the Trusts will not pay invoices.

All changes must be made in writing. If you are unable to attend, substitutions can be made without charge.
Cancellations received more than 14 working days prior to the course date will receive a full refund.

Cancellations received 8 to 14 working days prior to the course date will receive a refund of 50% of the price paid.

Cancellations received within 7 or less working days and non-attendance will require the full fee to be paid.

All cancellations, transfers and name changes must be made via email to (lauren.bradley-greer@brownejacobson.com). Refunds, where applicable, will be made within 30 days of receipt of cancellation. Letters should be sent to:

Lauren Bradley-Greer
Browne Jacobson LLP
Mowbray House
Castle Meadow Road
Simon Tait

Simon Tait

Partner and head of Health Advisory and Litigation

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