Courses

Training for Expert Witnesses and Health and Social Care Professionals in England and Wales

Accord Training offer a range of Expert Witness training courses which include medico-legal training across England and Wales. The courses are aimed at healthcare professionals undertaking expert witness work in the areas of personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. The training covers the Role of the Expert, Courtroom Skills and Report Writing. Other courses focus on Report Writing, Courtroom Skills and giving evidence in court for Social Care professionals. In addition, we offer bespoke training on Record Keeping, Accountability, DoLS and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Medico-Legal Expert Witness Training – Report Writing & The Role of the Expert

This course is designed for medical experts undertaking preparation of medico-legal reports in litigation cases. Experts will receive an overview of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) with an in-depth look at Part 35 and the Practice Direction to Part 35. You will be introduced to the Legal Framework and gain an understanding of your role as an expert. You will learn how to prepare excellent quality reports that will withstand scrutiny and be CPR compliant.

Medico-Legal Expert Witness Training – Courtroom Skills for the Medical Expert Witness

This course is held in a genuine court and will provide you with familiarisation of the layout of a courtroom. The course looks at court procedures and etiquette and will consider in detail the practical aspects of giving evidence in court as an expert witness including examination in chief, cross examination and re-examination. You will be given practical experience of giving evidence in the witness box based on relevant case studies.

Expert Witness Training – Report Writing & The Role of the Expert

This course is designed for non-medical experts who are instructed to provide expert witness reports in civil litigation cases. The course is aimed at a range of experts including nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists as well as accountants, financial advisers and architects. You will receive an overview of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), in particular Part 35 and the Practice Direction to Part 35 and gain an in-depth understanding of how to prepare expert reports capable of withstanding scrutiny and be fully compliant with the CPR. In addition you will gain a thorough understanding of the Legal Framework and see how your role as an expert fits into the process.

Expert Witness Training – Courtroom Skills for the Non-Medical Expert Witness

This course is held in a genuine court and will provide you with familiarisation of the layout of a courtroom. The course looks at court procedures and etiquette and will consider in detail the practical aspects of giving evidence in court as an expert witness, including examination in chief, cross examination and re-examination. You will be given practical experience of giving evidence in the witness box based on relevant case studies.

Courtroom Skills and Report Writing for Professional Lay Witnesses

This one day course is designed to provide professional lay witnesses in the health and social care sector with an introduction to giving evidence in a courtroom. The course will cover courtroom familiarisation, how to present your evidence effectively including dealing with cross-examination, as well as providing delegates with key skills in report-writing.

Record Keeping and Professional Accountability

This course is aimed at healthcare practitioners in the health and social care sectors. It will provide an overview of civil and criminal liability, inquests and corporate manslaughter. In addition there will be an in-depth look at the importance of good records management and the implications for poor documentation in litigation, particularly wound care/pressure ulcer cases. The course also encompasses issues surrounding professional accountability both individual and corporate.

Preparing for Coroners’ Inquests

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the Coroner’s Court, looking at the role of the Coroner and procedure at an inquest. Delegates will gain an understanding of the purpose of an inquest, the importance of documentation and giving evidence at a Coroner’s Court.

Deprivation of Liberty

This course will look at the current law and cases in relation to deprivation of liberty including the “Bournewood” case, P v Cheshire West & Chester Council [2014], P & Q v Surrey County Council [2014] and Re X and others [2014] Delegates will learn about the role of best interests assessors and the Court of Protection.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 & The Vulnerable Adult

This half day course will provide an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, looking in particular at assessing capacity, the meaning of “best interests” and section 44 relating to ill treatment or neglect. The course will also cover issues surrounding the safeguarding of vulnerable adults, awareness of deprivation of liberty and lasting powers of attorney.