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2Feb

mock inquest remote

Graves

This is an important training course for practising clinicians, clinical risk, complaints, claims and inquest managers and any NHS professionals who deal with inquests to help you understand your responsibility when reporting deaths and when you are involved in a Coroner’s inquest. 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, and tackles some of the challenges of dealing with inquests during a global pandemic.

The COVID19 pandemic has increased the need to use technology to facilitate remote participation in hearings. In June 2020, the Chief Coroner issued Guidance No. 38 to facilitate remote participation in coroner’s inquests and since then more and more inquests hearings are taking place with some or all witnesses giving evidence remotely. Where that is not possible, social distancing rules mean that an in-person inquest now looks very different than it did just a year ago. This course deals with your legal obligations 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 a 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 three 1.5 hour modules, all delivered remotely:

Modules

Module 1: Reporting deaths and an overview of the inquest process

Tuesday 02 February 2021

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.

Module 2: Writing your report for the Coroner and giving oral evidence remotely or in court

Wednesday 10 February 2021

This session will be delivered by Dr Robert Hunter, HM Senior Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire and Nicola Evans, Browne Jacobson.

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.

Module 3: The Mock Inquest - remote and face to face inquest hearings… and what happens next

Wednesday 24 February 2021

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.

The cost of this course is £35 per module, or £95 if you book to attend all three modules. For delegates who attend all three modules, there is an opportunity to complete assessments at the end of each module and achieve a Certificate at the conclusion of the course.

Invoices will be sent out to you following your booking and payment will be required prior to attendance.

Please note anyone from an NHS Trust who would like to attend the Mock Inquest course will need to provide a purchase order number to enable the Trusts to pay the invoices.

For those who work for Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, you are required to provide your budget code during registration.

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our speakers

Simon Tait

Simon Tait

Partner and head of Health Advisory and Litigation

Simon Tait is a solicitor 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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Nicola evans

Nicola Evans

Consultant

Nicola Evans is an experienced Solicitor-Advocate specialising in health law. Having qualified in private practice almost twenty years ago, Nicola represented public bodies and families at inquests for several years. Nicola then spent 12 years working in the NHS, supporting clinicians and the Trust through the inquest process in her role as Associate Director of Legal Services at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. Nicola now works as a Consultant 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.

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Dr Robert Hunter

Dr Robert Hunter

HM Senior 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

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