I would like to thank you for the resulting letter of apology from the health trust. However small those results may seem I have taken great comfort in drawing closure over a part of my life I can now put to rest.

Learning From Mistakes Conference

This event took place on March 23rd 2011. Presentations from the event will be available to download from this page until June 26th 2011.

Event Programme and Downloads

9.15am - Registration

9.45am - Introduction
David Body, Irwin Mitchell

10am - Keynote Speech
Professor Dame Joan Higgins, NHSLA

10.15am - What standard you should be adhering to?
The Bolam / Bolitho Test - Simeon Maskrey QC
Professional Guidelines - John Getty, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Assessing Compliance - Amanda Ayres, DNV Healthcare & Biorisk UK
Evidence Based Medicine - Professor Richard Lilford

11.15am - Morning Break

11.45am - The way lawyers assess what doctors do
Sara Burns & Ian Christian, Irwin Mitchell

  • Why clients come to us
  • Why we take on their case
  • How we pursue their claim

12.15pm - What can we learn from the litigation process?
The NHS / Defence Perspective - Scott Henning, NHSLA
The Clinical Perspective - Harvey Marcovitch, Consultant Paediatrician
The Patients Perspective and The Claimant Perspective - Ian Christian, Irwin Mitchell

1.15pm - Lunch

2.15pm - Case studies in three areas of practice
Obstetrics - Heather Mellows, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Anaesthesia - Professor Alan Aitkenhead
Surgery - Professor Robin Williamson

3.15pm - The effect of learning lessons
Closing The Loop - Alison Bartholemew, NHSLA
Risk Management Perspective - Karen Lewis, DNV Healthcare & Biorisk UK
Legal Perspective - Majid Hassan, Capsticks Solicitors LLP
Trust Perspective - Sarah Woolley, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

4.15pm - Closing summary
Professor Dame Joan Higgins, NHSLA
David Body, Irwin Mitchell

Dates: 23 Mar 2011 to 23 Jun 2011

Location: ICC, Birmingham

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