TO BE PUBLISHED February 2021
This conference will be a timely opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine the key issues for clinical negligence in the NHS, including priorities for patient safety, the potential for legal cost reform, and next steps for policy.
Areas for discussion include:
- What more could be done to reduce avoidable harm, learn from harm when failures occur, and address the rising cost of clinical negligence in the NHS;
- The role of investigations and whistleblowers in improving patient safety, changing organisational cultures, and preventing future claims; and
- The way forward for legal cost reform to tackle the rising cost of claims including the future for fixed recoverable costs, as well as approaches such as mediation.
The conference takes place with:
- The government announcement of a Health Service Safety Investigations (HSSIB) Bill, which would establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body as a non-departmental public body to investigate patient safety incidents and make recommendations to prevent future safety failures; and
- Findings in NHS Resolution’s Annual Report and Accounts that the cost of claims is rising although the number of claims is remaining steady - and the recent news that NHS faces a huge clinical negligence legal fees bill.
We are pleased to be able to include in this seminar keynote contribution from:
- Helen Vernon, Chief Executive, NHS Resolution.
Further confirmed speakers include: Sarah Barclay, Founder, Medical Mediation Foundation; Ed Fletcher, Fletchers Solicitors; Dr Matthew Lee, Medical Defence Union; David Roberts, Capsticks; Dr Jenny Vaughan, The Doctors Association and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, and Peter Walsh, Action against Medical Accidents.
- Assessing the rising cost of clinical negligence in the NHS and key issues for NHS Resolution;
- The impact of investigations in improving patient safety;
- Understanding the key issues for patient complaints within the NHS;
- Improving patient safety in the NHS - tackling unwarranted variation, preventing safety failures, and learning from harm;
- Challenges and opportunities for keeping cases out of litigation - mediation, regulation, and moving forward with legal cost reform; and
- Next steps for policy.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: DHSC, Ministry of Justice, Government Legal Department, National Audit Office and HM Treasury.
Price: £95 PLUS VAT
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