Courtroom Skills for the Medical Expert Witness
In today’s world, healthcare professionals make frequent appearances, whether as a professional or an expert witness, before various courts and tribunals. Doctors, nurses, dentists, and all of those others involved in the delivery of clinical healthcare can find themselves testifying in both the criminal and civil courts, as well as regulatory tribunals and misconduct hearings. The courtroom can be an intimidating environment especially for those who have little experience. Hence, familiarisation training is an essential step for those unfamiliar with giving evidence.
How Can Courtroom Skills Training Help You?
The Courtroom Skills training course prepares you for giving evidence as a witness. It is an intensive, highly practical and experiential form of giving evidence training, designed especially for healthcare professionals, although it can be adapted to meet the needs of particular organisations or individuals. The course will help you if you need to give either evidence as a professional witness, expert witness, or both, in court or at a tribunal or hearing. You will learn how to prepare to give evidence, and to make the right impression from the start . You’ll understand the importance of being familiar with the evidence to be presented and how to explain and justify investigative decisions or expert opinions under cross-examination.
The Sancus course is presented by Michael Williams, a practicing barrister, who (as GMC counsel) has extensive experience of cross-examining medical experts in fitness to practise proceedings and (as Prosecuting Counsel in both UK and Australia) in proceedings before the criminal and civil courts. In recent years, Michael has also been called upon to assess the weight to be accorded to the evidence of expert witnesses, medical and otherwise. He holds, or has held, quasi-judicial appointments as a Legal Assessor to Panels and Committees of the General Medical Council, General Teaching Council and Teaching Agency and Health Professions Council (as it was). He is a member and Panel Chair of the Disciplinary Committees of the Academy of Experts and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and also sits on four police misconduct panels. Michael is an experienced trainer and acknowledged expert in medico-legal issues. He was formerly the Course Director of the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation degree programme at the University of Central Lancashire, where he developed and presented a post-graduate module on expert witnesses. He presently conducts training for Sancus Solutions,the Academy of Experts and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He regularly conducts courtroom skills courses for a variety of diverse organisations, including the Lancashire Police Advanced Road Death Investigators’ Course, Social Services and Trading Standards departments, the RAF Police, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Labour, Rating & Valuations and Trading Standards Departments in Hong Kong,the Hong Kong Police Bomb Squad and RICS in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. In recognition of his interest and experience in healthcare regulation, in 2011, Michael was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.’
What Does Courtroom Skills Training Cover?
The day starts with removing the mystique which can surround courtroom processes. You’ll learn about the various roles of everyone involved as well as how to take the oath and deal with cross-examinations. Other areas covered include:
- Understanding the adversarial process
- The practice and procedure of giving evidence
- Coping strategies
- The ‘Ten Golden Rules’
Certificates of attendance are provided to all delegates which can be used as evidence of CPD for appraisal and revalidation purposes.
Courtroom Skills Enquiries
The Courtroom Skills training course can be delivered at an approved Sancus venue, or at your own premises for maximum convenience, for as little as £1,350 +vat (£1,450 +vat if within the M25 radius) for up to 12 delegates.
Lancashire Courtroom Skills
Certificates of attendance are provided to all delegates which can be used as evidence of CPD for appraisal and revalidation purposes