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Mock Inquest Training Sessions

09 March 2023 to 30 March 2023

This series will consist of five modules due to take place weekly on Thursday 9 March, Thursday 16 March, Thursday 23 March, Tuesday 28 March and Thursday 30 March 2023.

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 and Mr Zak Golombeck, Area Coroner for Manchester City.

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 five modules, all delivered remotely:

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

9 March 2023 – 12-1.30pm

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 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

16 March 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

23 March 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 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.

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

Module 4: Dealing with Inquests in a Mental Health Setting

28 March 2023 – 12-1.30pm

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.

Module 5: Local Authority module

30 March 2023 – 12-1.30pm

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.

Course fees

The cost of this course is £50+VAT per module or £200+VAT for all 5 modules.

For delegates who attend modules 1-3 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 the new year. Please note, if full payment is not received prior to the module date you will not receive your joining link.

All modules are recorded to allow flexibility so that, if you are unable to attend on the day, you will be able to watch the module at your convenience around your clinical or other commitments.

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 at any stage if requested.

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Contact

Contact

Nicola Evans

Partner

Nicola.Evans@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)330 045 2962

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