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Annual Medico-Legal Conference


Getting it Right: a focus on reasoning and costing the "grey areas"

16th October 2017

A must for any occupational therapist or health professional working as an Expert Witness

Focus this year is how to cost the "grey areas" in care reports e.g. emotional support, housing maintenance, travel and leisure support as well as a session on how to improve the quality of report writing

Please click on the programme link below for further details of content, benefits of attending and programme


09:00 – 09:40 Pre-conference session for health professionals considering acting as expert witness an opportunity to find out more about becoming an expert witness and a chance to ask questions of established experts.

9.15 Registration with Refreshments in exhibition area

10.00 Welcome and Introduction
Chair, Medico-Legal Forum

10.10 Keynote: Considerations and determining costs in Emotional Support
Case Law update

Rob Thomas, Solicitor, New Law & Professional Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection

11.10 Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

11.40 Therapy is Integral to Architecture
Occupational Therapy as part of the design team.
Life cycle of construction / adaptation project.
CDM Regulations 2015.
Disabled Facilities Grant application and timing.
A head to head session with an architect and solicitor
Dan Benham, Architect and Tracey Norris-Evans, Head of Personal Injury, Royds Withy King

12.30 Maintaining quality in report writing
Common mistakes in writing a report, Being mindful of quality in a report

Dr Catherine Willson, Clinical Manager, Expert Witness Service and Helen Sandell, Quality Manager, Harrison Associates

13.00 Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing

14.00 Welcome back
Chair, Medico-Legal forum

14.10 Head to Head discussion from Claimant and Defendant Solicitors
Alison Walcott, Legal & Risk Services Costs Team, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, Laura Ralfe, Associate, Irwin Mitchell

15.00 Structured table discussion based on questionnaire on the day's themes

15.25 Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

15.45 Considerations in air travel - QEF’s Tryb4uFly making it easier for disabled people to fly
Graham Race, Project Lead, TryB4UFly, QEF

16.30 Wrap up and conference close