Event Date/Time: Dec 03, 2003 End Date/Time: Dec 03, 2003
Early Registration Date: Nov 14, 2003
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9.30am Welcome
Professor William Dunlop, President, RCOG

9.35am Introduction: Objectives of meeting, possible outcomes, an action plan
Miss Heather Mellows, Vice-President, RCOG

Chair: Miss Heather Mellows

9.40am AVMA: The patient perspective
Peter Walsh, Chief Executive, Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AMVA), London

9.50am Discussion

9.55am NHSLA
Speaker to be confirmed

10.15am Discussion

10.20am NPSA
Mr Marcus Setchell, Specialty Advisor in Gynaecology, NPSA and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, The Whittington Hospital, London

10.35am Discussion

10.45am COFFEE

11.15am The Claimant’s Solicitor
Mr John Pickering, Partner, Personal Injury Department, Irwin Mitchell, Solicitors, Sheffield

11.30am Barrister
Terence Coghlan, QC, One Crown Office Row, London

11.45am Defence Solicitor
Mr Bertie Leigh, Senior Partner, Hempsons

12noon Barrister
John Grace, QC, 3 Serjeant’s Inn, London

12.15pm Discussion

12.30pm LUNCH

1.30pm The Expert Witness: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Mr Julian Woolfson, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, London

1.50pm Discussion

2.00pm Proposals for reforming the approach to clinical negligence in the NHS
Ms Hilary Scott, Department of Health

2.20pm Discussion

2.30pm TEA

3.00pm Panel Discussion – All speakers
Chair: Mr Peter Bowen-Simpkins, Honorary Treasurer, RCOG

Topics Covered:
· What are the recurring themes?
· What information should be collected to learn from mistakes?
· How could and should that information be used to reduce harm and therefore litigation?
· How can lessons be disseminated?
· What should medical staff do differently?
· What should managers do differently?
· What should lawyers do differently?
· Could the NHS, lawyers and the RCOG work together to improve care?

4.15pm Summing up, action plan
Miss Heather Mellows

4.30pm CLOSE