Coroner’s Court – My Experiences of Giving Evidence

Liz Thomas

We are very lucky to have a well developed and longstanding coronial service – I’ve just been listening to the FICM podcast with Derek Winter and have found out it can be dated back to at least 1194. Something not covered in the excellent podcast is how it feels to be in the stand – giving evidence, so here is a blog on my experiences.

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The Coroner – Part 2

Bev Frankland

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.

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The Coroner – Part 1

Mr Derek Winter DL

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.

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Max & Kiera’s Law

Dale Gardiner
Phil Walton

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. 

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Max and Keira’s Law – The Bill That Was Pulled Out Of A Bowl

Claire Williment

Max and Keira’s Law came in to force on the 20th May 2020 and brought renewed hope to the thousands of people on the UK transplant waiting list. The legislation introduced ‘opt out’ as the legal basis for organ donation consent in England and is expected to lead to an additional 700 transplants a year. However, the path to getting the new legislation in place was far from smooth.

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Decision Making Part 2

Dominic Bell

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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Capacity in Critical Care

Kate Rimmer

The issue of mental capacity in the critical care environment can be fraught with difficulty and can cause anxiety to staff working in these environments.  It is important for all staff involved in the care of the critically ill to understand the law in relation to capacity and consent and have knowledge of the process of making a capacity assessment. 

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