This month James Sira talks to Bev Frankland about writing a statement for the coroner, as well as preparing and giving evidence at the coroner’s inquest.
Bev is the Risk & Inquest Manager for South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. She is primarily responsible for looking after the ‘top-end’ of the investigation spectrum e.g. inquests, serious investigations and police matters. She has several years experience supporting medical staff through the process of an inquest and in these podcasts shares some key advice.
Continue reading “The Coroner – Part 2”
This month is the first in a two-part series looking at the work of the coroner. James Sira talks to Derek Winter about the role of the coroner, medical examiner, and the coroner’s inquest.
Derek is HM Senior Coroner for the City of Sunderland and was appointed as one of the two Deputy Chief Coroners of England and Wales in 2019. He has conducted a wide range of cases in the 15 years he has spent as a coroner and has modernised the Sunderland coroner service.
Most intensive care doctors will at some point in their career be required to provide a statement for or give evidence at a coroner’s inquest, and this can be a daunting experience.
Continue reading “The Coroner – Part 1”
On the 20th May 2020, the legislation relating to consent for organ donation changed to an opt out system. As critical care plays a pivotal role in the organ donation process, these two podcasts give a clinical perspective on the importance of the new legislation and how it impacts on the discussions we have with family members about consent for organ donation.
There are also some interesting anecdotes & lessons learnt from the awareness campaign and implementation strategy used in Wales when this law was first introduced in 2015.
Continue reading “Max & Kiera’s Law”
Welcome back to the difficult decision making series of podcasts.
In this second part James Sira, a consultant in intensive care medicine, talks to Dominic Bell about how to approach decisions around admission to critical care using a framework based on a clearer understanding of futility.
Dominic has been a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine for more than twenty years. He has a degree in medical law and has been an expert witness for the Court of Protection on end of life decision making, and for the GMC on fitness to practice investigations. He has also worked as an assistant coroner and has been an expert witness for the police.
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