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Team Sky doctor’s legal team to headline medico-legal conference

Published: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

The first ever UK medico-legal conference to focus on the fitness to practise hearing process – ‘Preparing for a GDC/GMC hearing’ – will take place in London on March 20th. The impressive speaker list brings together experts in the world of regulatory law and healthcare who will share their experiences of the fitness to practise or tribunal hearing process.

The conference will be headlined by respected defence solicitor, Simon Eastwood, who has represented several high-profile medics including Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman and former Chelsea football club doctor Eva Carneiro. Simon will talk about his work in supporting doctors and dentists through an incredibly difficult personal and professional time as well taking an in-depth look at the legal processes involved.

The full presentation line-up includes:

  • Mastering cross-examination: The strategies barristers use and the pitfalls to avoid: Fiona Horlick QC, Outer Temple Chambers – regulatory barrister.
  • The impact of a regulatory investigation on a practitioner’s mental health: Dr Zaid Al-Najjar, deputy medical director at the Practitioner Health Programme and medico-legal advisor at MPS.
  • An overview of what happens at regulatory hearings and the role of the legal team in supporting a respondent: Simon Eastwood, regulatory defence solicitor.
  • Uncertainty, terror and shame: a tale of fitness to practise: Professor Eddie Scher, Eastman Dental Hospital and Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Shifting the balance: where we are now: Tom Scott, head of Fitness to Practise Transition, General Dental Council.
  • Performing under pressure: Lessons from elite sport: Martin Murray, dental advisor to NICE, former clinical advisor to the GDC, Pentathlon GB Masters athlete, European and World Championship gold medallist.
  • The art of the apology: showing genuine insight and remorse: John Dale LLB, co-chair of the NHS Complaint Managers Forum

Conference presenter Martin Murray commented, “It is commonly accepted that regulation in its current form continues to be a work in progress. Our aim is to explore some of the myths and mysteries associated with fitness to practise hearings. By bringing together some of the country’s most respected experts, we hope to provide healthcare professionals with a knowledge bank that may be invaluable should they ever be unfortunate enough to receive a regulatory complaint in the future.”

The conference is recommended for any doctor, dentist, advisor, regulator or lawyer with an interest in medico-legal matters.

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