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Mock Inquest Training Sessions

06 September 2023 to 04 October 2023
ON24 webinar

The cost of this event is £50.00+VAT per module or £250.00+VAT for all 6 modules

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

This virtual training course will provide essential knowledge, tools and insights delivered by a range of legal experts and with insights from Dr Robert Hunter, Senior Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire, Mr Zak Golombeck, Area Coroner for Manchester City, Miss Louise Pinder, Assistant Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire and Dr Nina Lewis, Medical Examiner.

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 six modules, all delivered remotely:

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

Wednesday 6 September 2023, 12 - 1.45pm

This session will be delivered by Simon Tait, Head of Health Advisory and Litigation at Browne Jacobson and HM Assistant Coroner for Yorkshire Southeast, Nicola Evans, Partner at Browne Jacobson and Dr Nina Lewis, Medical Examiner for Nottingham Medical Examiner Service.

During the session, Dr Lewis will take you through the law on reporting and certification of deaths including the role of the Medical Examiner and the process for referring deaths to the Medical Examiner and 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 13 September 2023, 12 - 1.45pm

This session will be delivered by Dr Robert Hunter, HM Senior Coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire, Kathryn Fearn, Associate Director of Legal Services at University Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and Nicola Evans, Partner at Browne Jacobson.

During the session, Nicola and Kathryn 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 20 September 2023, 12 - 2pm

During this session, we will show you a pre-filmed Mock Inquest both in court and via a mock remote inquest hearing with Dr Robert Hunter acting the role of Coroner to provide a realistic experience of an inquest 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.

This module will close with a Q&A session, when delegates will have an opportunity to put questions to Nicola Evans, Simon Tait, Miss Louise Pinder, Assistant Coroner for Derbyshire and Mr Zak Golombeck, Area Coroner for Manchester City.

Module 4: Dealing with Inquests in a mental health Setting

Wednesday 27 September 2023, 12 - 1.45pm

This module will be delivered by Mark Barnett and Rebecca Fitzpatrick, Partners at Browne Jacobson LLP 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.

Module 5: Preparing for inquests in a Local Authority setting

Thursday 28 September 2023, 12 - 1.45pm

This module will be delivered by Mark Barnett, Partner, and Clare Shepherd, Senior Associate at Browne Jacobson. This module builds on earlier modules but with a focus on issues which are unique to preparing for inquests in a local authority setting.

Clare and Mark will provide an overview of the relevant Coronial law and will deliver a practical session full of hints and tips for social workers and care professionals preparing to give evidence at an inquest where the death involves local authority services.

Module 6: Preparing for inquests involving maternity care

Wednesday 4 October 2023, 12 - 2pm

This module will be delivered by Nicola Evans and Heather Caddy, who are both Partners at Browne Jacobson. The module builds on earlier modules but with a focus on inquests involving maternity care and will cover inquests into maternal and neonatal deaths

This module includes three films of various witnesses giving evidence in a real courtroom with Mrs Louise Hunt, Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull and Mr Ian Dreelan, Assistant Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, acting as Coroner. The films are based on a fictional maternity case study but they bring out a number of learning points with broader application outside maternity cases, including the importance of good documentation and the impact that culture and power dynamics can have on patient care. 

We will also explore issues unique to maternity inquests, including the role of HSIB.

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Nicola.Evans@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)330 045 2962

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